Red is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, and her last to feature a country sound. It was released on October 22, 2012, by Big Machine Records, as the follow-up to her third studio album, Speak Now. The album title was inspired by the "semi-toxic relationships" that Swift experienced during the process of conceiving this album, with Swift describing the emotions she felt as "red emotions" due to their intense and tumultuous nature. Red touches on Swift's signature themes of love and heartbreak, however, from a more mature perspective while exploring other themes such as fame and the pressure of being in the limelight. The album features collaborations with producers and guest artists such as Gary Lightbody of the band Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran, and is noted for Swift's experimentation with new musical genres. Swift completed The Red Tour in support of the album on June 12, 2014; the tour became the highest-grossing tour of all time by a country artist, grossing over $150 million.
Red was well received by critics and earned Swift two Grammy Award nominations, for Best Country Album and Album of the Year. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, giving Swift her third consecutive chart-topper in the US. Its first week sales of 1.21 million copies was the third biggest debut for a female artist in US history and became the fastest-selling album in over a decade in the United States. It made music history for claiming the biggest first week sales of all time by a country act, the record previously held by Garth Brooks. Red is just the 18th album in United States history to sell one million copies in a single week. It was also a huge global success, becoming Swift's first chart-topper in the United Kingdom, and also topped the album charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand, while also charting in the top ten in every other major music market, including China.
Worldwide, Red has sold 7 million copies as of December 2017. It was Swift's third consecutive top-selling album of the year in the United States, managing to be the second best-selling album of 2012 across all genres only two months after its release. This made it the fourth time Swift had an album ranked in the year's top three sellers in the United States. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), it was the second global best-selling album of 2012 with sales of 5.2 million copies. Red has been certified seven times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), making it Swift's fourth consecutive album to exceed the quadruple platinum status.
Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran
I Knew You Were Trouble.
The Last Time by Taylor Swift feat. Gary Lightbody
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
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This album is one of my favourite as i really like all of the songs in it. The tunes, instrumental and lyrics really grasp onto my interest. The songs are quite similar to the rumours of them being about her relationship with her partners. But despite this, i feel that they are filled with sincerity and feelings when i hear the songs. The more prominent songs that have made an impact on me would be 'Red' as well as 'All too well'. To me, the lyrics of these two songs are filled with emotions and meanings. With a short but critical analysis, i feel that she used effective literary devices in 'Red' like the use of colours to depict her emotions and the use of desciptive phrases to paint a vivid scene in 'All too well'. The variety of songs in the album really touched my heart, the heartfelt lyrics of each and every song hold deep meaning to them. Every time i listen to her songs, i depict a colourful and brilliant picture in my head based on the lyrics. The genres of the songs to me sound like country pop, from a calm and decent tune like country songs which slowly progresses into a faster, more upbeat one, similar to what can be found in pop songs.
While this review is written in 2016, more than a year after Taylor Swift's newest album "1989" has been released, I still find myself listening to this album once in a while. I think that this is a nice album to listen to, especially "State of Grace", "Holy Ground" and "Stay Stay Stay" (I prefer songs with faster tempos), but those who like songs with slower tempos won't find themselves left out with this album, which also includes songs such as "The Last Time (feat. Gary Lightbody)" and "Sad Beautiful Tragic".
The songs in the album also cover different genres such as country and pop, which make for a nice mix of music in one album, which I prefer over Taylor Swift's latest album, "1989", which is almost exclusively pop music, while the addition of pop songs (some of which were collaborations with Max Martin) made for an interesting improvement over her previous country style.
Overall I think that the album is a nice listen, covering love, in particular, losing someone that you love, with the lyrics and music matching the this overall mood very well. If you have known what it is like to have and lose love, this album will definitely strike a chord with you, so find a comfy chair and spend some time listening to this album (I particularly like the 3 demo versions of the songs in the deluxe version)