On New Years Eve, Taylor Swift was one of the exclusive, marquee performers for ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest. And for a performer who has a history of off-key performances, Taylor delivered what might have been her worst live performance since her now notorious duet with Stevie Nicks at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
I Knew You Were Trouble
You can’t have wild, short-term dance club success and keep your reputation as an artist of substance at the same time. Taylor Swift must choose. And with “I Knew You Were Trouble”, Taylor chooses poorly. Her “trouble” is not an antagonist cast in the role of a video, or a previous lover who jilted her. It is the denizens of the pop industry who would sell her long-term substance for their short-term success.
So here are some specific thoughts on the songs of Taylor Swift’s album Red. This is meant to be an addendum to the more broad album review posted, so please read that first or in addition to this for the context of these reviews. As a general thought on the songs overall, I thought there were too many of them. If you are going to release an album of 16 tracks, they need to be solid. Instead, Red has some fat.
22, All Too Well, Begin Again, Everything Has Changed, Gary Lightbody, Holy Ground, I Almost Do, I Knew You Were Trouble, Jason Aldean, Max Martin, Red, Sad Beautiful Tragic, Shellback, Snow Patrol, song review, Starlight, State of Grace, Stay Stay Stay, Taylor Swift, The Last Time, The Lucky One, Tim McGraw, Treacherous, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together