Taylor Swift’s remastered, re-released, re-Taylored version of her major 2012 album Red finally arrived, releasing tonight in a set of downloads, album streams and attempts to look through the 30-song odyssey in some reasonable amount of time.
The second episode in Swift’s set of (Taylor’s version) editions, the new Red contains re-recordings of all the songs above Red‘s original and deluxe editions, along with “From The Vault” tracks that were originally intended for the album. That includes a 10-minute version of “All Too Well,” a fan that was famously cut from its much longer version to fit into the original album. (There is also a “All Too Well” short film, starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, an upcoming release..)
Swift announced the release appearing on both of the NBC late-night shows tonight, with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and then jumping in to chat with Seth Meyers, talking about the project, and, of course, playing one of Jimmy Fallon’s endless games.
Meanwhile, Red will, presumably, serve as a test for how much Taylor’s version the world is indeed was interested; her first such project, Fearless (Taylor’s version), released to strong reviews back in April, spurred on by the fact that it was not just retreat. Swift is a different, more confident performer in 2021, and hearing her revisit her older material reveals significant changes in her outlook and talent. (The abyss between RedThe 2012 edition is much shorter than the one contained Sentima, but it’s still interesting to hear her figure out how to deal with her younger self.)
Oof course, there is also the a little delicious schadenfreude of knowing that every flow of (Taylor’s version) of these songs is a deliberate snap to Scooter Braun and her former label Great Machine, the latter of which sold the masters of Swift song to the first a few years back. Swift’s ability to not only find a way to get her work back — but also make it a much-exploded celebration of said music — is perhaps the most Taylor Swift thing about this whole endeavor.