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Review: Taylor Swift: “Red”

In Taylor Swift’s own words, this CD is about the red relationships in life. She is talking about “…..the ones that went from 0-100mph and then hit a wall and exploded”. While every listener can relate to this, devoting a whole CD of 16 songs to the same subject is not only a daunting undertaking, its’ a questionable one because of the risk of listeners losing interest . Some of these songs are beautiful. Taylor has a wonderful sweet voice that people love to listen to and her writing as well as her talent as a musician is superb; but devoting 16 songs to the intricacies of red relationships and nothing else produces a CD that is not only repetitive but one which also detracts from her talent as a songwriter and a musician. None of these songs have that big production sound found in Love Story, Sparks Fly or You Belong with Me. These songs have that same story telling element but lack the big production, orchestration sound she is so famous for. Perhaps that is because this is a very personal album, about her feelings and her relationships and there is nothing wrong with that but some of us love that big production, back up sound that usually accompanies her songs. Possibly mingling that sound with her story telling as she has done in the past on a few of these songs and leaving the others the way they are would have made a better mix and a more interesting CD.

There are some good songs on this CD. Particularly noteworthy is the song Red. Swift describes feelings and thoughts that anyone who has been in a relationship will recognize. Another very well done song is The Last Time featuring Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol. This song is a beautiful duet with haunting overtones that make listening to it a real pleasure. I Almost Do is another song that anyone who has had a breakup can relate to. Begin Again strikes a familiar chord with anyone who breaks up and starts over with a new person. State of Grace and Holy Ground are very pretty songs. They have that classic Swift sound. The song Stay Stay Stay about working through problems is cute and will make you smile.

Another issue with the CD is there is no country feel or sound to any of these songs. As sweet and enjoyable as Swift is and as much as we love her, perhaps her next CD should focus more on songs of a country nature. Swift has the talent, she is quite capable. Here’s hoping that she turns in the country direction. She could be even more phenomenal than she is now.

Red - Taylor Swift

CMA Fest: Country-wide Country

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK TO AIR AUGUST 14 ON THE ABC NETWORK! Get ready to experience Nashville’s hottest music event of the year! The 2011 “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will air on Sunday, August 14 at 7:00PM CST on ABC Television Network. The three hour special features some of… Continue Reading

And the winner is… COUNTRY

And the winner is… COUNTRY

Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert big winners at annual country music awards show in Las Vegas. Aside from all of the guest performances, celebrity presenters and, of course, key sponsors, country music shined at the annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Although, it’s getting harder and harder to navigate through what is considered country music, ultimately… Continue Reading

ACM Preshow Rundown

ACM Preshow Rundown

The 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, at 7 p.m. central time on the CBS Network. Compared to other televised music industry awards show, the country-only shows provide fans with the ultimate viewing pleasure. In 2011, here’s what… Continue Reading

Swift on new album, single

Swift on new album, single

Breaking Music News: NASHVILLE – Country music entertainer Taylor Swift announces new album, single during live web chat. Release date for Swift’s third studio album titled, “Speak Now”, is set for October 25. New single, “Mine”, to debut mid-August. “It’s been a three year process creating this new album,” said Swift during the webcast. “I’m… Continue Reading

The Windy 15 for March 21, 2010

This week’s greatest gainers include Taylor Swift for her Valentines Day hit “Today Was A Fairytale”  at number one and the girl-power duo, Bomshel, with their radio debut “19 and Crazy” at number three.  Steve Holy’s 2006 release, “Come on Rain”, is up eight spots to number six.   Bunch of new adds this week as… Continue Reading

Lady Antebellum leads ACM Nominations

Chicago’s country music station receives nomination; local country music hotspot slighted. The Academy of Country Music released, on Tuesday, the slate of nominations for the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Country music stars Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton announced nominations during a televised presentation. McEntire will return, for her 12th consecutive time, as… Continue Reading

Nashville shines at GRAMMY Awards

This article was originally featured on Grammy.com/blogs. When country music meets the Grammy Awards, it’s always interesting to see the “family” commingled with artists of other popular genres. Even when you drop Taylor Swift into the mix, it seems to bring the best “country girl” out of her. While the country performances might not have… Continue Reading