With pop impresario Max Martin on board as a producer and co-writer, her transition is most evident in We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, bubblegum pop at its best, with an instantly catchy chorus you'd expect more from Carly Rae Jepsen.
Red finds Swift even more confident than ever. First track State of Grace shows off her country roots: the mid-tempo drumbeat steers the song with a steady dynamic, as Swift layers it up with light guitar chords and her melodic, sharp lead vocals that drives the song forward.
But it's still the lyrics that make Swift such a star, especially on the down-to-earth I Knew You Were Trouble, and the title track. After the success of previous hits Dear John and Picture To Burn, she continues to ace the breakup anthem genre, unabashedly taking inspiration from her parade of ex-boyfriends who are left with nowhere to hide.
Her country twang and infectious character shine through and it's difficult not to fall in love with Swift and her music. Again.
YP Rating: 5/5
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