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T-Swift Dominates Country Scene with ‘Red’

The release of Taylor Swift’s third single “Our Song” made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number one song on the country charts, and she has rarely left that top spot. Her songs about love, relationships and growing up make her relatable to whiny preteens and teens everywhere. Her lyrics come from real life experiences and are memorable enough to stick with people for days after hearing them. Even though Swift has slowly gravitated away from country and more toward pop and folk, her latest album Red is just as respectably popular as the others.

Red is comprised of sixteen songs including the anthem “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” The peppy lyrics and beat are sure to have girls across the country singing along in their cars with the windows rolled down all the way. This recording has a nice combination of modern country and pop that really showcases her talent for lyricism. The intertwining of genres helps widen Swift’s audience while giving cult fans a reason to love her even more.

I enjoyed Red and found her lyrics to be noteworthy and easy to connect with my own life. They also progressed and matured from her past albums. I really felt the meaning behind the songs and could see the stories playing out in my head.

My favorite song on the album is definitely “22,” which is currently on the Top 10 Singles list on iTunes along with several other songs from the album like “Everything Has Changed,” “I Almost Do,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “Red.” “22” is more upbeat than some of the other songs on the album. I instantly got a sensation to jump up and start dancing. There’s no doubt that Swift is having one of the best weeks of her life knowing that she is millions of dollars richer and has millions of little girls yearning to be just like her.

“I Knew You Were Trouble” is my second favorite song on the album. This song has stronger transitions and inclinations. Unlike “22,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” expresses extreme anger and regret.

Red is sure to secure Swift’s position at the top of country and pop music scene as if she wasn’t already comfortably sitting there. Taylor Swift fans beware. If you already loved her, then you’re about to become obsessed. You’ve been warned.

Critic’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Alexandra Townsend can be reached at staddancer@gmail.com

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