AOTY 2019
Taylor Swift - Red
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2012 Ratings: #246 / 955
User Score
Based on 660 ratings
2012 Ratings: #225
October 22, 2012 / Release Date
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Big Machine / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.
83
A.V. Club

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

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.

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.

Z.Younk
1
I've rated it accordingly to the oldest age you can be to enjoy it.
oh
80
original rating: 91

i do think this is her best, but why did i rate it higher than pitchfork wtf
rapmartin12
94
Stand-out Tracks:
- All Too Well
- The Last Time
- Holy Ground
KingKRoolisBack
59
Honestly, I have mixed feelings on this album, on one side, there are some decent pop tunes on this album that I actually like, but on the other side, there are some painfully dull songs on here. At least this album is much more interesting than her last 3 albums

Best Tracks: The Last Time, 22, I knew you were trouble

Worst Track: Stay Stay Stay
dumbmoonlight
65
You know something I hate? Artists who release songs exclusively for premium members. I can access Spotify freely, but I prefer to listen to new songs on YouTube mostly so my scrobbles aren't ruined. Her label at the time literally made an "instrumental" album for her "topic" channel. I swear, that ain't it.
ANYWAYS.

I actually find interesting how Taylor did her country -> pop transition, you know. This has, like, 5% country vibes if you listen to this album while ... read more
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Track List

  1. State of Grace
  2. Red
  3. Treacherous
  4. I Knew You Were Trouble
  5. All Too Well
  6. 22
  7. I Almost Do
  8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  9. Stay Stay Stay
  10. The Last Time (featuring Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol)
  11. Holy Ground
  12. Sad Beautiful Tragic
  13. The Lucky One
  14. Everything Has Changed (featuring Ed Sheeran)
  15. Starlight
  16. Begin Again 
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