Taylor Swift's 'Red' - Track by Track Review

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Silva, Robert. "Taylor Swift's 'Red' - Track by Track Review." ThoughtCo, Mar. 4, 2017, thoughtco.com/taylor-swifts-red-review-933495. Silva, Robert. (2017, March 4). Taylor Swift's 'Red' - Track by Track Review. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/taylor-swifts-red-review-933495 Silva, Robert. "Taylor Swift's 'Red' - Track by Track Review." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/taylor-swifts-red-review-933495 (accessed October 23, 2017).
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'State of Grace' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'State of Grace' single (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

A swampy Joshua Tree vibe and high-decay drums. Swift's star-crossed vocals pierce the vacuum of space. "Twin fire signs, four blue eyes." Taylor Swift, Symbolist poet. "I love the shades of wrong." As artistic credos go, not bad.

  • Pop Quotient: 5 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 1 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 4 stars (out of five)

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'Red' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' single (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

Seemingly adapted from a novel by Nicholas Sparks. "Touching him is like realizing all you ever wanted was right there in front of you." Analogies uncoil like snakes. "Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street." Probably not a Hank Snow reference.

  • Pop Quotient: 4 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 3 stars (out of five)

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'Treacherous' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

A closed bedroom door. "Put your lips close to mine. As long as they do not touch." The road to hell is paved with good intentions and heavy petting. "I'll do anything you say. As long as you say it with your hands." What you say can and will be used against you. "I like it." This song is about losing your virginity.

  • Pop Quotient: 4 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 4 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 4 stars (out of five)

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'I Knew Your Were Trouble' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'I Knew You Were Trouble' single (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

Takes its inspiration from a car alarm, somehow. Piano breakdown. Processed vocals. Swift's been eaten by a computer. "A new notch on your belt is all I'll ever be, and now I see-EE-EE-EE-EE." She's a pop star. "Trouble, trouble, trouble."

  • Pop Quotient: 5 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 1 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 5 stars (out of five)

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'All Too Well' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

A mincing guitar figure. "We're singing in a car getting lost upstate." Bruce Springsteen is reborn as a girl in Pennsylvania. Registers a Twitter account. Writes this song. "Photo album on the counter. Your cheeks were turning red. You used to be a little kid in glasses in a twin size bed." Dancing in the Dark, updated for 2012. "Dancin' round the kitchen in the refrigerator light."

  • Pop Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 4 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 4 stars (out of five)

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'22' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - '22' single (2013). Image courtesy Big Machine Records

Girls' night out. Being young and dressing "like hipsters." Relax. They're not thirty yet; there are still possibilities. "We're happy free confused and lonely in the best way." Now I know what sitcom characters write in their journals. Good clean fun.

  • Pop Quotient: 4 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 2 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 5 stars (out of five)

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'I Almost Do' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

Ambivalence of title bodes well. Press play. An everyday scene from an independent film of uncertain quality: "I bet you're sitting in your chair by the window / Looking out at the city." All daydreams are about the dreamer. "I bet sometimes you wonder about me." Call me, maybe.

  • Pop Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 3 stars (out of five)

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'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' single (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

Swift gets trapped in the rumor mill and doesn't like it. "I remember when we broke up the first time, saying 'This is it, I've had enough.' Cause, like, we hadn't seen each other in a month." A lost track from Speak Now? "And I'm like, I just, I mean, this is exhausting, you know?"

  • Pop Quotient: 5 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 2 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 4 stars (out of five)

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'Stay Stay Stay' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

A Lisa Loeb cover x 3. And a palate cleanser from "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Ukulele. "I just like hanging out with you / All the time." This will kill at open mic nights at the coffee-shop.

  • Pop Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 4 stars (out of five)

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'The Last Time' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody joins Swift as underwater piano slow-marches to a symphonic chorus. Downy platitudes rise like a flock of pigeons. An adenoidal backup circles. "This is the last time I'm asking you this. Put my name at the top of your list." It gets heated.

  • Pop Quotient: 4 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 3 stars (out of five)

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'Holy Ground' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

"Right there where we stood / Was holy ground." Love transforms the essence of objects and places as mystics believe in the ineffable power of the burial shroud of Christ. "Tonight I'm going to dance like you were in this room." The quest for the holy grail continues.

  • Pop Quotient: 4 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 2 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 3 stars (out of five)

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'Sad Beautiful Tragic' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

Sad Beautiful Tragic: Adjectives to be used when writing a song about doomed young love. Ghost town vocals, acoustic demo guitar. "Little girls: Hopeful they'll be. Alone they will wait." "We had a beautiful magic love there." The production gets an influx of cash at the one-minute mark. More adjectives: dejected, lugubrious, afflictive, ill-starred, shining, resplendent, blue.

  • Pop Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 3 stars (out of five)

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'The Lucky One' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

Every pop song is born on the grave of another pop song. I've been here before. Clipped percussion. Name check to Madison Square Garden. Someone is lucky.

  • Pop Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 3 stars (out of five)

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'Everything Has Changed' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

Images of Taylor in ankle socks in her bedroom playing to a four track. More scratch guitar. The drums come in. "All I know is you held the door / You'll be mine and I'll be yours." Turns out it's a love song. "I just wanna know you better know you better know you better I just wanna know..."

  • Pop Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 3 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 3 stars (out of five)

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'Starlight' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Red' (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

Dance club vocals. Snyth fills. House drums -- denied. "Don't you see the starlight, starlight?! Don't you dream impossible things?!" Still waiting for the 808 club mix. This line probably won't be included: "Ooh, we could get married, have ten kids and teach them how to dream."

  • Pop Quotient: 4 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 1 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 3 stars (out of five)

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'Begin Again' - Song Review

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Taylor Swift - 'Begin Again' single cover (2012). Image courtesy of Big Machine Records

She's the funny smart girl in class. Or is she the winner of Best All Around who nobody likes? You go to her house after school and flip through her James Taylor records. You listen to scratchy songs about relationships that "break, burn, and end." This is virgin vinyl.

  • Pop Quotient: 2 stars (out of five)
  • Country Quotient: 4 stars (out of five)
  • Song Rating: 5 stars (out of five)

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Silva, Robert. "Taylor Swift's 'Red' - Track by Track Review." ThoughtCo, Mar. 4, 2017, thoughtco.com/taylor-swifts-red-review-933495. Silva, Robert. (2017, March 4). Taylor Swift's 'Red' - Track by Track Review. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/taylor-swifts-red-review-933495 Silva, Robert. "Taylor Swift's 'Red' - Track by Track Review." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/taylor-swifts-red-review-933495 (accessed October 23, 2017).