Taylor Swift Releases “Red (Taylor’s Version)”

Lily Ismay, Staff Writer

On November 22, 2021, Taylor Swift dropped “Red (Taylor’s Version),” following months of anxious waiting from fans since the release date announcement in June. “Red” was originally released in 2012 and redefined Taylor’s sound while marking her transition from country to pop music.

With the re-recording of her albums, Swift is reclaiming her music that was owned by her former label, Big Machine Records, prior to being sold in a multi-million deal.

“Red (Taylor’s Version)” brings back nostalgia for many fans of the album, and with that, the way they felt when the album originally came out. With the re-release of the album came all of the songs from the 2012 album as well as songs “from the vault.” These re-recorded songs have proved to be big hits, with Spotify announcing that Swift has broken the record for the most-streamed female album in one day.

“Red (Taylor’s Version)” has proven to be a success with a variety of audiences, but her extended “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” is by far the standout track. “All Too Well” references a manipulative ex, a stolen scarf, and a refrigerator light flickering in a dark kitchen. Becoming the focus of TikTok trends and the topic of many Twitter threads, “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” has sent fans into a frenzy- causing rumors that an actor may be the owner of the scarf that Swift alludes to.

A video that has now accumulated nearly 50 million views, “All Too Well: The Short Film” is an elaborate, almost 15-minute music video that Swift directed herself and gives viewers a visual of the story Swift tells in “All Too Well.”

Other classics that “Red (Taylor’s Version)” includes are, “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

On S.N.L, Swift captivated her audience with a live performance of “All Too Well” with the lights changing to almost symbolize the seasons. Opening with leaves on the ground and ending with snow falling as she sang “I remember the first fall of snow” felt like the perfect culmination to the performance.