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Swift’s album is ‘Red’ not

October 25, 2012

RATING: 2 of 5 stars – Photo courtesy Big Machine Records

 

ADDIE MARTIN
Staff Reporter

 

Singer and songwriter, Taylor Swift is at it again.

 

In her new album “Red,” released Monday, she continues to sing about ex-boyfriends but with a new twist.

 

In the album, comprised of 16 songs, Swift whines about past relationships backed up by a fun rhythm.

 

Swift maintains her pattern of entertaining listeners with a treasure hunt to find out which boy she is singing about in each song.

 

Beginning the song “Red” with “loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street faster than the wind, passionate as sin ended so suddenly” lets the listeners know she is still singing about those old boyfriends.

 

The relationships that go nowhere seem to be the only thing she can focus on in her songs.

 

“Red” is supposed to be a state of maturity for Swift, but after listening to her consistently pining over guys for 65 minutes, I think she needs to grow up.

 

She released a super immature song a couple of weeks ago, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

 

Come on Swift, another break up song?

 

In the song “Stay, Stay, Stay,” she sings, “I’m pretty sure we almost broke up last night. I threw my phone across the room at you.”

 

Get real, only teens pitch fits like that, and what is she teaching the younger audience about relationship problems, that it is okay?

 

The world is listening to her lyrics, so Swift needs to watch what she is portraying as acceptable behavior.

 

If you are going to sing about immature subjects, make sure you are at least putting off a good lesson.

 

Even the title itself screams that Swift will never ever get over her exes and stop singing about baby relationships.

 

However, Swift does have a way of mixing country music with a pop sound, especially in “Red.”

 

This makes her music a little more worth listening to.

 

In the song “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Swift sings, “I guess you didn’t care, and I guess I liked that,” taking the blame for some of her relationship troubles.

 

She writes her own songs, so the lyrics are clearly about her life.

 

As Swift has matured, she has finally admitted that her relationships go downhill because she puts herself in the situations by liking the jerks, but it is time to grow up.

 

I understand that Swift keeps things innocent in only singing about high school and short relationships, but listeners want more.

 

For instance, I do not mean “It is time to dress up like hipsters… and dance like we are 22” like Swift expresses in her song “22.”

 

You are 22-years-old, Swift. It is time to retire the hipster clothes and pull out the pencil skirt; give us some substance.

 

The style change of Swift’s music may be working now, but if she wants to stay on top, she better find something fresh to sing about.

 

The boyfriend crap is getting old quickly.

 

She is getting older and her breakup songs are getting old with her.

 

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