Red (Taylor’s Version) Takes Us Back to 2012 During 2021

How Taylor Swift is taking back her power and what we’re loving about it

If you have not been aware of current news regarding Taylor Swift, you might be wondering why albums (that were released years ago) are suddenly popping back up. Do not worry, I will explain. After Swift’s contract with Big Machine Records expired in 2018, the artist jumped to another label. This new label is where she would have what every artist craves: control over her own works. As a consequence, she lost ownership of all of her master albums recorded from 2005 – 2018. The solution? Re-record all of her works with the phrase ‘(Taylor’s Version),’ following the names of songs and albums. The most recent re-recording is Red from 2012 and fans are freaking out! 

Red (Taylor’s Version) was released in early November and consists of 30 songs. Included are the original 20 found on Red Deluxe Edition in 2012, with 10 other songs “from the vault.” This includes “Ronan,” a song written for charity after the death of a three-year-old boy, and her own recordings of “Babe” and “Better Man,” songs that Swift wrote but passed off to Little Big Town and Sugarland, respectively. 

The song that has fans the most worked up is “All Too Well (10 Minute Version).” “Swifties,” who are Taylor’s loyal fanbase, have been waiting for years to hear the full version of the previously cut-down heartbreaking song. Similar to most of Swift’s works, the song is centered around a breakup that the singer experienced. There is strong evidence to suggest the song is about the actor, Jake Gyllenhall, and fans are not holding back their anger and frustration toward him. Swift references the age gap between her (21 at the time) and Gyllenhall (30 at the time) being his reasoning for the break up with the lyrics, “You said if we have been closer in age, maybe it would have been fine And that made me want to die.” Swift comes back with a dig, “I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age.” This is particularly interesting considering Gylenhall (40) is now dating a 25-year-old. The entirety of the song is full of lyrics that provide glimpses into the three-month-long romance.

The song is accompanied by a short film starring actors Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. Sink, who plays Swift, takes us through her whirlwind romance with O’Brien, who is believed to portray Gyllenhaal. The portrayed romance is riddled with gaslighting, secrets, and naive love. It is safe to say that the singer did not hold back, and ultimately, demanded back her power in more ways than one. 

Ultimately, Red (Taylor’s Version) takes us back to our pre-teen struggles and reminds us that there is always an opportunity for fresh starts and love after heartbreak. Currently, Taylor’s listeners are anticipating the release of Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), and if that is the case, John Mayer, another ex that scorned Taylor, might want to work on his PR strategy.

Author: Melissa Rigby | Social Media Co-Editor

Graphic by: Melissa Rigby and Hannah Weaver

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