VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9QPDuIFJXA
This album exists for one reason and one reason only: Taylor Swift knew she'd make more money from these songs if she re-recorded and re-released them, so that's exactly what she did.
Of course, "Red - More Profitable Version" doesn't have the same ring to it as "Taylor's Version", so every tabloid you could imagine ate up some vague narrative about greedy record labels and managers weaseling Taylor out of the masters which were rightfully hers (?), blah blah blah. Maybe there's some truth to it, maybe there isn't, but the bottom line is, Taylor Swift has hundreds of millions of dollars, the record label executives have hundreds of millions of dollars, and the whole controversy over her masters is nothing more than the usual capitalist class clash we see every so often. The ensuing "Taylor's version" albums are simply the diarrhea that has dripped down to the masses from this irrelevant conflict.
I can't say I'm convinced Taylor really got all that bad of a deal from her label given she's one of the most rich and powerful and successful artists alive. Nevertheless, it wasn't enough for her, so she decided to drop whatever the hell this shit is so she can make even MORE. You've heard these songs before. They're the same, with maybe a tad bit more modern production, and a 10 minute version of a song to impress the plebs who didn't know songs could be that long. Since these are just re-recordings I am totally unimpressed to say the least. Indeed, the most impressive part of this whole record is how she managed to do something so transparently lazy and profit driven while still receiving applause from the entire music media ecosystem.
In short, this album sounds like what you'd get if you asked Jeff Bezos to make the best album he could. The production will be stellar, the melodies will be catchy, the vocalist will be top-notch, and the musical motifs will be right in the pocket of today's latest trends. You might even really like it at a (hopefully) superficial level. But how could you live with yourself knowing you're consuming the least artistic "art" imaginable?