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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
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.
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.

70
Drowned in Sound

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

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.
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
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. 

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
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
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.
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95

pitchfork had the best opinion

Z.Younk
1

I've rated it accordingly to the oldest age you can be to enjoy it.

JonasFernandes
77

'RED' é definitivamente um dos favoritos dos fãs de Taylor Swift, e acredito que até mesmo da própria artista, já que tal album representa um momento importante na carreira da artista, 'RED' é o que podemos chamar de "album de transição", neste album Taylor Swift nos da seu último fôlego no country e é aqui onde o pop se mostra mais abrangente, não só em instrumentação, mas em ... read more

ARTVScores
80

"At this point, in Taylor's established career, you're probably wondering how does Taylor mix it up....stay true to herself but at the same time make something new? Well the answer is the album "Red". It's got a little bit of everything on here...instead of going completely electronic or totally country, she's gone somewhere in-between. Whether if you're looking for electronic sounds, country sounds, or else just Taylor Swift written ballads, there's a little bit of everything. ... read more

_imnothere
100

Probably my favorite album of all time. It's just taylor at her peak, none of her other stuff has been close to top this one at all. And yes, pitchfork does explain this better.

luvfilms
77

1. state of grace: 10/10

2. red: 8.5/10

3. treacherous: 9.5/10

4. i knew you were trouble 7.5/10

5. all too well: 9.5/10

6. 22: 7/10

7. i almost do: 7.5/10

8. we are never ever getting back together: 5/10

9. stay stay stay: 4/10

10. the last time (feat. gary lightbody): 9.5/10

11. holy ground: 9/10

12. sad beautiful tragic: 8/10

13. the lucky one: 7/10

14. everything has changed (feat. ed sheeran): 7/10

15. starlight: 6/10

16. begin again: 7.5/10

17. the moment i knew: ... read more

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Added on: September 28, 2012