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Grammy award-winning music icon Taylor Swift announced on Friday that she would be releasing a re-recorded version of her album Red, initially produced in 2012. Fans are speculating that the latest version, to be called Red (Taylor’s Version), will be out on November 19, featuring 30 songs. Some followers are also excited for an unspecified ten-minute track of her underrated song “All Too Well” to be included in the album.
Taylor Swift has been creating quite the buzz in the music industry after re-exploring her songs to release her own unfiltered versions. Red (Taylor’s Version) was announced two months after the artist released the reimagined version of her sophomore album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version).
In an Instagram post announcing the news, Taylor Swift said, “I’ve always said that the world is a different place for the heartbroken. It moves on a different axis, at a different speed. Time skips backwards and forwards fleetingly. The heartbroken might go through thousands of micro-emotions a day trying to figure out how to get through it without picking up the phone to hear that old familiar voice. In the land of heartbreak, moments of strength, independence, and devil-may-care rebellion are intricately woven together with grief, paralyzing vulnerability and hopelessness. Imagining your future might always take you on a detour back to the past. And this is all to say, that the next album I’ll be releasing is my version of Red.“
In the same Instagram post, Taylor Swift also revealed that the 30 songs to be included in Red (Taylor’s Version) were initially meant to be part of Red, but it never made it into the album. Upon hearing the news, fans are ecstatic, knowing that Red (Taylor’s Version) bears more autonomy and artistic freedom, much like her recent releases.
“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 collaborations. 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 a simple time, but something was healed along the way.”
Earlier this year, the award-winning singer-songwriter explained that recreating her songs meant that she would be reclaiming her art and ensures that Taylor’s Versions will embody more of herself as an artist. “In terms of production, I really wanted to stay very loyal to the initial melodies that I had thought of for these songs. And so we really did go in and try to create a ‘the-same-but-better’ version. We kept all the same parts that I initially dreamed up for these songs. But if there was any way that we could improve upon the sonic quality, we did,” Taylor shared in an interview.
Furthermore, Taylor Swift shared that she and her team have applied the knowledge they have acquired over decades of playing music to her re-recordings. Though she is sticking to her songs’ original rhythms and lyrics, the artist also shared that her growth led her to improve some parts of her music, making them ‘better’ in every way possible.