Q-tunes Review: Taylor Swift’s “Red”

Andre Kelley December 17, 2012 0

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!

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