Q-tunes Review: Taylor Swift’s “Red”

Album Title: Red

Artist: Taylor Swift

Released: October 22, 2012

Label: Big Machine

Run Time: 65:10

Genre: Pop, Country

She is, without a doubt, the “Queen of Whitegirl Music” (at least, that’s what I file her under in my i-Tunes.) Red is a rare magnificent pop/country hybrid. It demolishes the line between the two genres while making you forget (or not care) about either. It’s easily, one of the best pop productions since Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream and not so coincidentally, co-written and co-produced with the aforementioned maestro, Max Martin. The plucky, sly, anthemic, Never Getting Back Together, the giddy, infectious 22, the slick, soon-to-be classic, marital ditty Stay, Stay, Stay and the brooding duet The Last Time (Gary Lightbody) and exquisite Everything Has Changed (Ed Sheeran) will jump right out at you. For me, the crown-jewel, is the new single Begin Again. It’s a delicate, optimistic, testament to her growth as a songwriter and as a young woman. Virtually, every selection on this project would make a credible single. Ironically, with 22 tracks (also, her age) the Target edition is the best buy and unlike the download, the liner notes are a unique, wonderfully crafted bonus gift. I defy anyone to listen to this project without breaking out into a silly girlish grin. This record is going to be around for a long, long time.

Rating: Thumb’s Up!

Andre Kelley

Found in a crashed rocket ship from a Kansas cornfield and raised by the Kent’s alongside his brother Clark, Andre Kelley is comedy’s best known (and ONLY) openly gay Black farm boy. You’ve seen him on Comedy Central’s "Premium Blend," Byron Allen’s "Comics Unleashed" & Comedy TV as well as LOGO’s "Outlaugh Comedy Fest." He’s been featured in the award-winning documentaries "Laughing Matters: The Men" and Showtime’s "Phunny Business." He’s very proud of the fact that’s he’s also, the only Black comic in the entire country who’s never, ever appeared on B.E.T. Currently at work on his first HBO comedy special "No Homo," he's always taking applications for summer (COUGH!) interns.

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