A New Kind of “Red”

Abbey Bowling and Jordan Sutter, Sports Editor and Staff Writer

The arrival of Taylor Swift’s fourth album, “Red”, on October 22 is highly anticipated. Instead of releasing her full album at once, she’s released five singles and a separate song independent of the album as a preview, and we’re here to tell you what we think of the country music sweetheart’s new style.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: More pop based than past Swift songs, but a fun, catchy tune. A cliché break up song, this tune will get stuck in your head and won’t ever leave. Like, ever.

Favorite lyric: You would hide away and find your peace of mind with some indie record that’s much cooler than mine.

Red: More country than her first single, but the pop influences are noticeable. Swift assigns colors to emotions and her vocals match the passionate lyrics.

Favorite lyric: Losing him was blue, like I’ve never known. Missing him was dark grey, all alone. Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you’ve never met, but loving him was red.

Begin Again: This song returns to Swift’s country roots with a calm and controlled melody. It’s less of a rant, and more of a hopeful thought about love.

Favorite lyric: I’ve been spending the last eight months thinking all love ever does is break, and burn, and end. But on a Wednesday, in a café, I watched it begin again.

State of Grace: Although a softer song in contrast to her previous rants, but it doesn’t make her stand out as an artist. It doesn’t showcase her vocal range or style flexibility. To compare this song to a previous tune, listen to “I’m Only Me When I’m With You.”

Favorite lyric: This is a state of grace, this is the worthwhile fight, love is a ruthless game unless you play it good and right.

I Knew You Were Trouble: To be honest, this is not Swift’s typical style, and we don’t like it. It’s mad, auto-tuned, and completely pop. Think Swift’s previous song, “Better Than Revenge.”

Favorite lyric: No apologies, he’ll never see you cry, pretends he doesn’t know that he’s the reason why you’re drowning.

Ronan: You can hear the emotion in this heartfelt ballad about 4-year-old Ronan who died from Neuroblastoma. Swift followed a blog by Ronan’s mother, Maya, and Swift credits her as a co-writer for this inspirational tune. All proceeds from the song help fund cancer research.

Favorite lyric: Come on baby with me, we’re gonna fly away from here—you were my best four years.

All in all, it’s a pretty average album with a few stand out songs. If you only buy one song from the album, buy “Begin Again,” or support cancer research and buy “Ronan.”