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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alone among her peers, Taylor Swift appears genuine. Which isn't to say she's without affectation or that she avoids artifice. She uses both when it suits her, as any real pop star would -- and if her 2012 album Red intends to do anything, it's to prove Taylor is a genuine superstar, the kind who transcends genre, the kind who can be referred to by a single name. Uneven as it is -- and it is, running just a shade too long as it sprints along in its quest to be everything to everyone -- Red accomplishes this goal with ease, establishing Taylor Swift as perhaps the only genuine cross-platform superstar of her time. Naturally, in order to accomplish this transition...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alone among her peers, Taylor Swift appears genuine. Which isn't to say she's without affectation or that she avoids artifice. She uses both when it suits her, as any real pop star would -- and if her 2012 album Red intends to do anything, it's to prove Taylor is a genuine superstar, the kind who transcends genre, the kind who can be referred to by a single name. Uneven as it is -- and it is, running just a shade too long as it sprints along in its quest to be everything to everyone -- Red accomplishes this goal with ease, establishing Taylor Swift as perhaps the only genuine cross-platform superstar of her time. Naturally, in order to accomplish this transition from country ingénue to pop star, Swift takes her country bona fides for granted, ignoring Nashville conventions as she rushes to collaborate with Britney Spears hitmaker Max Martin and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. Red isn't sequenced like a proper album, it's a buffet, offering every kind of sound or identity a Swift fan could possibly want. Taylor deftly shifts styles, adapting well to the insistent pulse of Martin, easing into a shimmering melancholy reminiscent of Mazzy Star ("Sad Beautiful Tragic") and coolly riding a chilly new wave pulse ("The Lucky One"). Combined with the unabashed arena rock fanfare of "State of Grace" and the dance-pop of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and the dubstep feint "I Knew You Were Trouble" -- not to mention the ludicrous club-filler "22" -- Red barely winks at country, and it's a better album for it. It is, as all pop albums should be, recognizable primarily as the work of Taylor Swift alone: her girlish persona is at its center, allowing her to try on the latest fashions while always sounding like herself. Although she can still seem a little gangly in her lyrical details -- her relationship songs are too on the nose and she has an odd obsession about her perceived persecution by the cool kids -- these details hardly undermine the pristine pop confections surrounding them. If anything, these ungainly, awkward phrasings humanizes this mammoth pop monolith: she's constructed something so precise its success seems preordained, but underneath it all, Taylor is still twitchy, which makes Red not just catchy but compelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2012
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • UPC: 843930007073
  • Catalog Number: 310400
  • Sales rank: 4,818

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 State of Grace (4:55)
  2. 2 Red (3:43)
  3. 3 Treacherous (4:02)
  4. 4 I Knew You Were Trouble (3:39)
  5. 5 All Too Well (5:29)
  6. 6 22 (3:52)
  7. 7 I Almost Do (4:04)
  8. 8 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (3:13)
  9. 9 Stay Stay Stay (3:25)
  10. 10 The Last Time (4:59)
  11. 11 Holy Ground (3:22)
  12. 12 Sad Beautiful Tragic (4:44)
  13. 13 The Lucky One (4:00)
  14. 14 Everything Has Changed - Ed Sheeran (4:05)
  15. 15 Starlight (3:40)
  16. 16 Begin Again (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taylor Swift Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Richard Dodd Cello
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Dann Huff Bouzouki, Electric Guitar, Hi String
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Jamie Muhoberac Piano
Simeon Pillich Contrabass (Vocal)
Bill Rieflin Drums
Butch Walker Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Dan Wilson Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Violin
Marcia Dickstein Harp
Andy Thompson Guitar, Electric Piano
Max Martin Keyboards
Peggy Baldwin Cello
John Krovoza Cello
Eric Gorfain Violin, Concert Master
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Daphne Chen Violin
Gary Lightbody Background Vocals
Neli Nikolaeva Violin
Caitlin Evanson Background Vocals
Rodney Wirtz Viola
Marisa Kuney Violin
Owen Pallett Conductor
Jeff Bhasker Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Amy Wickman Violin
Lauren Chipman Viola
Aaron Sterling Drums
Radu Pieptea Violin
Tyler Johnson Background Vocals
Jacknife Lee Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Nathan Chapman Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Soloist
J. Bonilla Percussion, Drums
Wes Precourt Violin
Shellback Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Brett Banducci Viola
Jake Sinclair Bass, Background Vocals
Nick Buda Drums
Jimmie Sloas Bass
Charlie Judge Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, Accordion, Synthaxe, Piano (Upright), Hammond B3
Ilya Toshinskiy Mandolin
Anders Mouridsen Guitar
Jeff Takiguchi Contrabass (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Dann Huff Producer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Butch Walker Producer
Patrick Warren Composer, String Arrangements
Dan Wilson Composer, Producer
Brian David Willis Engineer
Sam Bell Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Andy Thompson Engineer
Max Martin Composer, Producer
Michael Ilbert Engineer
Gary Lightbody Composer
Bethany Newman Art Direction
Scott Borchetta Executive Producer
Josh Newman Art Direction
Owen Pallett Orchestration
Pawel Sek Engineer
David Huff Digital Editing
Jeff Bhasker Programming, Producer
Chad Carlson Engineer
Tyler Johnson Guitar Engineer
Jacknife Lee Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Taylor Swift Composer, Producer
Nathan Chapman Producer, Engineer
Matt Bishop Engineer
J. Bonilla Programming
Liz Rose Composer
Shellback Composer, Programming, Producer
Hank Williams Mastering
Sam Holland Engineer
Jake Sinclair Engineer
Eric Robinson Engineer
Matt Rausch Engineer
Ed Sheeran Composer
John Rausch Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 23, 2012

    A must have!

    Taylor has done it again. Her new album Red is another diamond musically, and she is able to capture her listeners so well with her very honest and beautiful lyrics. Her voice is everything you'd want in a country/pop singer and I would definitely recommend for anyone!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    3 songs rock only

    3 songs rock only

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

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    I have been a Taylor Swift fan since her first album came out. I

    I have been a Taylor Swift fan since her first album came out. I love her feminine style, and how she hasn't ended up like all the other sweet little stars who's change after they get into the spotlight (Miley Cyrus and Lindsey Lohan are good examples of this). Well, at least she hasn't ended up like them YET. Her songs have always resonated with girls because she writes from experience. But with her new album RED I think she may have strayed from the songs and style that girls everywhere have loved listening to. In her new Album Taylor is no longer a sweet, little ,country singer, but an older, edgier, pop singer. I don't think Taylor can be considered a country singer anymore. And although I admire Taylor, I am beginning to tire of her making the same mistakes in her relationships so that every other song on her c-d is an angry rant about a hurtful boyfriend or a sad song about regretting a relationship she had with someone. She has turned from nice to a tad bit naughty. Little Taylor fans might be shocked that Taylor uses the h--- word in her song The Lucky One, as well as the music video for I Knew You Were Trouble (which shows Taylor and her bad boy on a bed together -implying that they live together- the guy shirtless and kissing Taylor). If she knew he was trouble then why did she make the mistake of deciding to have a relationship with him even though she knew that it wouldn't work out? I think lots of people are tiring of Taylor's relationship woes. Her songs Starlight and Stay, Stay, Stay are the only songs on the c-d that are sweet and sentimental rather than sad or angry rants. Although this is my least favorite albums Taylor has released, I still think that Taylor is a very gifted singer and song writer. I hope Taylor will find a guy someday that will treat her right, I hope she won't make the same mistakes in her relationships, and I hope that she will continue to be (for the most part) a good role model for girls : And if she is able to do all of these things, I can't wait to hear what songs will come from it.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    omg i looooooooooove taylor swift i own all her abulms but thi

    omg i looooooooooove taylor swift i own all her abulms but this one i so want it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 4, 2013

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    Hate!

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    Taylor Swift...AMAZING!!!

    Taylor Swift...AMAZING!!!

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