By now, everyone’s already fixed on the perception that most of Taylor Swift’s songs are based on her real-life stories of heartbreaks and failed relationships. Amidst all the rumours of which guy she had just broken up with or who she’s currently dating, we couldn’t help but gravitate towards her new album, “RED”, when we heard that it was released.
We were surprised. Thoroughly surprised.
For starters, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” has become our personal favourite. And no, not because of its “bubble gum pop” vibe – but because it doesn’t sound like something Taylor would sing. No, wait, it doesn’t even sound like Taylor:
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Yup. Angsty. Strong beats. Tell us that it doesn’t remind you of a certain “punk princess” from years ago. You know it! Being accompanied with a cute music video also earned major brownie points with us, of course. We’re suckers for music videos – good ones, at that.
Then, she decides to go deep with “Begin Again”. Deep and back to her country roots. If she was being honest with her emotions while writing this song, well, somebody please give her a hug and tell her that it’s okay to fall in love again:
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And just so you have a rough idea on why we think she needs a hug, the lyrics for “Begin Again” are as follows:
You said you never met one girl who
Had as many James Taylor records as you,
But I do.
We tell stories and you don’t know why,
I’m coming off a little shy,
But I do.
And you throw your head back laughing,
Like a little kid.
I think it’s strange that you think I’m funny cause,
He never did.
I’ve been spending the last 8 months,
Thinking all love ever does,
Is break and burn and end.
Now, let’s talk about “I Knew You Were Trouble”. When we first heard it on the radio, we honestly thought that it was a new collaboration between a dubstep producer and a random vocalist. So imagine our surprise when we found out that it was Taylor’s! The thing with a dubstep element is, if not done properly, the entire song would go awry.
But it sounds like a chockfull of fun when implemented into this song:
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Expect to hear this in a club near you sometime soon. With a total of 16 songs, it’ll take you awhile to sieve through Taylor Swift’s “RED”. Be prepared to put a few of those songs on repeat though – they can get addictive
“RED” is now available at a music store near you.