Let's call her Taylor "Freshness" Swift!
I believe that Taylor Swift is getting better at what she does. Her songwriting and her singing have progressed, and it is so good to see. Not that she was ever lacking in songwriting and singing skills, but I think with "Red" we are witnessing an artist who most definitely has longevity. She seems to be striving for improvement and a freshness instead of resting on her laurels. My personal favorite on the album just happens to be the first cut "State of Grace." With "State of Grace" we see an artist who can definitely write catchy melodies that you don't mind getting stuck in your brain. The lyrics are fresh (not a rehash), and I could listen to her voice all day. Whatever the word is for the opposite of grating, that's how I would like to define her voice. She might very well be the antidote for someone scraping their fingernails across a chalkboard. I know I'm getting a bit silly, but you know what I mean. I was already a fan, but more so now with the release of "Red". Other personal favorite cuts on this album are "Stay Stay Stay", "I Knew You Were Trouble", and "The Last Time". She branched out and co-wrote a handful of songs for this album with other songwriters that she admired (Max Martin, Ed Sheeran, and Gary Lightbody), and it payed off. The result is an album that does not remind you of any of her previous albums. It'll be interesting to see how different her next album will be.
*Note - I actually purchased the two CD set of "Red". I think the extra cost was worth it for the six extra songs. I was most interested in the acoustic version of "State of Grace", but the three songs that don't appear on the single disc version are catchy and nice to have if you are a real fan.
If you are thinking about buying "Red" but are sitting on the fence, I suggest jumping off that fence and heading to your local record/CD store (or online, whatever).Read full review