Taylor Swift - Red (2012)

Reason for Listening:
Cycling back on some artists I've listened to in 2021. Decided to listen to a Taylor Swift album next. Red appears to be Swift's next highly ranked album which I have yet to blog.
I didn't plan it, but apparently the re-recorded version of this album will be released in November (i.e., Taylor's Version), so the timing is pretty good.

Standard album cover

Released 20121022.
16 songs. 65:09. Red (2012)
16+6 songs. 65:09+25:19. Red (Deluxe) (2012)

First listen. Deluxe.
Resume with "The Moment I Knew"
Second Listem.
Continue with "Sad Beautiful Tragic"

Songs in bold are the bonus tracks on the deluxe edition.
3: "22"; "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together";
2: "Red"; "I Knew You Were Trouble."; "Starlight"; "Red" (Original Demo Recording);
1: "State of Grace"; Stay Stay Stay"; "The Lucky One"; "Everything Has Changed" (ft. Ed Sheeran); "Begin Again"; "The Moment I Knew"; "Come Back... Be Here"; "State of Grace" (Acoustic);
0: "Treacherous"; "All Too Well"; "I Almost Do"; "The Last Time" (ft. Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol); "Holy Ground"; "Sad Beautiful Tragic"; "Girl At Home"; "Treacherous" (Original Demo Recording);

I think the album failed to consistently excite me. Maybe I didn't give it my full attention. With that being said, there were several popular tracks which I was already familiar with: "22", "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", and "I Knew You Were Trouble.". Interestingly, none of these tracks are on the artist's top 10 most popular songs on Spotify. However, perhaps I shouldn't be surprised, because my gut says that I like 1989 more than Red.*

Overall Rating: 4.0/5
Favorite Song: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

*My gut was based on the songs "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space" being songs I like more than "22" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". However, it turns out I gave 1989 the same rating as Red: 4.0/5. Reading my summary for Red, it appears I didn't like many of the other tracks on the album.

Billboard 200
Peak Date: 20121109 | Peak Position: 1 | Weeks on Chart: 176

Deluxe album cover

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