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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos



Image: Beth Garrabrant.

THIS. IS. NOT. A. DRILL. The queen of music, Taylor Swift blessed the world overnight with the announcement of her new re-recorded version of Red. Due out this November, Red (Taylor’s Version) will consist of thirty songs, meaning we’re getting up to ten new tracks from the vault that did not make the final cut of the album, or make its way into the world during the albums original cycle.

Swift also casually mentioned one of these songs is ten minutes long. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?! Swifties are finally getting what they want and Taylor is dropping the ten minute version of her critically acclaimed track, All Too Well. Yes, we’re preparing ourselves for the tears.

Speaking of the impending release, the singer shared to her social platforms: “Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person. It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end. Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past. Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators. And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way.“

Fans of the global superstar have spent the last few months piecing together the clues for which re-recorded album Swift would grace the world with next. They narrowed it down to two choices: Red or 1989. Their reasoning? Swift’s hair at the 2021 Brit Awards, where she received the award for ’Global Icon’, was almost identical to the straight long hair with bangs we fell in love with during the Red era. She also started using filters on her posts reminiscent of the albums initial photoshoot. But at the same time, Swift was dropping hints in interviews that moved more towards 1989. Just last week, the musician released new cloud themed merchandise that had the phrase “EST. 1989” all over. Red was the winner.

Earlier this year, Swift released her first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version). The new recordings remain faithful to the original production, with slight vocal and lyrical variations throughout the collection of songs. The musician enlisted her original band members on the recordings, whilst also bringing on more recent collaborators Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Christopher Rowe on production duties, alongside Swift. Colbie Caillat returned for their collaboration, Breathe, with Swift enlisting Country superstar Keith Urban and Maren Morris on two previously unreleased songs.

In 2019, after the private sale of the masters of her first six studio albums, Swift announced she planned to re-record the albums in an attempt to devalue the original masters. Having not been offered the chance to purchase the masters herself, Swift’s former label sold their catalogue to Scooter Braun, in a move that Swift stated “Stripped me of my life’s work”. As of November last year, Swift has been able to begin re-recording her first five albums.

Red (Taylor’s Version) is out November 19.


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