Taylor Swift - Red
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Ratings: #361 / 1095
User Score
2012 Ratings: #82
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

She's constructed something so precise that its success seems preordained, but underneath it all, Taylor is still twitchy, which makes Red not just catchy but compelling.

90
Pitchfork
Swift, like anyone, is a hostage to her own experience, but she’s also capable of being a witness to it, able to see a relationship—even as it shrinks further and further away in her vision—for what it was rather than what it couldn’t be.
86
Billboard
"Red" is her most interesting full-length to date, but it probably won't be when all is said and done in her career.
83
A.V. Club

Musically, it’s bigger and bolder than anything she’s ever done in the pop world.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Red should be required listening at the EDM Camp for Girls, if such a thing existed. (In Swift’s polka-dot world, it totally would.)

80
Spin
Whatever it is, this music is full of adult pleasures, even if the most explicit image Swift offers is of an ex-boyfriend sniffing her scarf because it smells like her.
80
American Songwriter

Red isn’t just a dramatic color—it’s one that carries ceremonial significance. Red the album makes official that Swift is the leading pop romantic of her generation.

80
The Guardian

It's clear that Red is another chapter in one of the finest fantasies pop music has ever constructed.

80
The Observer
Swift's big international pop move for country-shy markets comprises a mere sprinkling of perky Max Martin productions, with the emphasis elsewhere being firmly on the songcraft.
70
Consequence of Sound

The great hook, the reason Swift’s new sounds and energies rarely if ever fall flat, is that the album’s biggest pop release may as also be its saddest song. 

70
Drowned in Sound

For all its manufactured essence, Red remains firmly grounded at the crossroads between innocence and experience.

70
musicOMH

It shows an artist who continues to gain in confidence and ability and excitingly suggests that Taylor Swift’s best work is yet to come.

70
Rolling Stone
It’s no surprise she manages to make her fourth album both her Joni Mitchell-influenced maturity binge and her Max Martin-abetted pop move – and have it seem not just inevitable but natural.
60
PopMatters

At 16 songs long, Red could use more editing and streamlining with a less-is-more mindset as a guiding principle, particularly since the quieter numbers—which also happen to be some of the album’s strongest moments—get lost in the sound and fury of Swift’s grand gestures.

60
Slant Magazine

If Red is ultimately too uneven to be a truly great pop album, its highlights are career-best work for Swift.

60
The Telegraph
Too many of the songs on this bloated 16-track album revisit the gently strummed verses and characterless choruses of her previous work.
60
The Sydney Morning Herald
The fourth album from country-pop superstar Taylor Swift is somewhat messy and curiously indulgent, but it also signifies the extension of her ambitions.
60
The Irish Times
If there’s a whiff of cynicism about Swift’s change in style, in her favour is her knack of penning nifty, insightful pen-portraits about emotions, romance and falling in (and out of) love.
40
Sputnikmusic
The issues, while numerous, start with Taylor’s inability to fully embrace her new style.
okcomputer12127
98
As many of you might know, I’m a Swiftie, and have been for almost a decade. Taylor’s work has touched me more than any other artist has. Her songs are fun and catchy, but not without her signature descriptive imagery unlike any other pop artists of our time. Before Red, she was widely known as a country star, an extremely successful one at that. Selling millions of copies with each album, loads of hits under her belt (‘Tim McGraw’, ‘Love Story’, ‘You ... read more
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100
pitchfork had the best opinion
Z.Younk
1
I've rated it accordingly to the oldest age you can be to enjoy it.
TomBejoy
88
Taylor Swift did it before it was cool, Carti

Gunna made that rather lovely young woman famous
rapmartin12
94
Stand-out Tracks:
- All Too Well
- The Last Time
- Holy Ground
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Added on: September 28, 2012