RATING: ★★★ / ★★★★★
You probably don’t need to be reminded of why Taylor Swift has decided to release re-recordings of her previous albums, starting with Fearless (Taylor’s Version) last year and now with Red (Taylor’s Version). However, if you somehow missed one of the biggest music controversies in recent history, here’s a quick summary: in 2019, talent manager Scooter Braun acquired the record label Big Machine and as part of the deal acquired ownership of the master recordings for the first six studio albums by Taylor Swift. Swift has been trying to buy the masters to her songs for years but she’s been offered nothing but unfavorable conditions — therefore, as a countermeasure, she is re-recording all of her six albums and so far has released two.
It’s a bold move on Taylor’s part, but lucky for her, the re-recordings have done incredibly well especially with the re-recording of her 2012 album Red. On its first day of release, Red (Taylor’s Version) has broken two Spotify records: one for the most-streamed album in a day by a female and another for the most-streamed female in a single day both in Spotify history.
It’s hard to review an album like this when Red (Taylor’s Version) is, for the most part, just a recreation of the songs of Red. There are new songs, of course, but the majority of the tracks are simply re-recorded versions of her already existing songs. The Immaculate Collection by Madonna, this isn’t — save for All Too Well, there are no new instrumentals or parts of the song here, just plain re-recordings of her previous songs.
Unfortunately for Taylor Swift, some of the songs don’t really benefit from being re-recorded. The original version of We Are Never Getting Back Together, for instance, while far from Swift’s best song at least had the energy and emotion you’d expect a bitter break-up song like it to have. In the new version, Taylor Swift just sounds lifeless and bored, especially when it comes to her spoken lines.
It’s difficult to blame her when she’s expected to still give convincing performances of experiences she’s had over a decade ago. How do you expect a singer in her 30s to sing a song about how excited she is to be 22 and still make it sound as convincing as she made it when she was actually 22?
That being said, some of the songs also benefit from being re-recorded. There’s a sense of nostalgia added to many of these songs. Taylor Swift sounds older and, in a way, that adds even more emotional depth to some of her tracks. And for anyone not wild about these songs simply being re-recordings, Swift has six new “From The Vault” tracks which should be enough to tide you over.
All in all, Red (Taylor’s Version) doesn’t always work, but for Taylor Swift fans, it’s a way to listen to versions of her songs that are hers. It’s why the “(Taylor’s Version)” at the end of these songs are so important and it’s great to know Taylor Swift finally has versions of the songs she wrote which she can call hers.
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Scams are everywhere these days and here are 2 trending Netflix shows based on true events that have viewers obsessed about scammers and con artists.
February 2022 | 18+ | 1 Season |
This February Inventing Anna began airing on Netflix. The drama series has a journalist chasing down the story of 25 year old Anna Delvey, who convinced New York’s elite she was a German heiress and came close to swindling New York banks and high society out of millions of dollars.
Between 2013 and 2017, Anna Delvey (Anna Sorokin in real life) scammed her way across New York as a fake German heiress. She wore designer clothing, stayed at boutique hotels, and had dinners at expensive restaurants. She managed to swindle tens of thousands of dollars from friends to banks. And she came so close to conning financial institutions into giving her $40million to fund her exclusive social club project, the Anna Delvey Foundation. But soon after things began to unravel for Anna.
The Tinder Swindler
February 2022 | 18+ | 1 Season
This British true crime documentary follows the story of Simon Leviev, an Israeli con-artist who posed as the son of the “king of diamonds” Lev Leviev, a famed Russian-Israeli diamond oligarch in order to woo young women on the dating app Tinder and seduce them with travel by private jet, luxury hotels and expensive dinners.
Thereafter he manages to swindle them for millions and pay for his luxurious lifestyle. This is the true story of Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjöholm and Ayleen Charlotte, their heartbreak and financial ruin thereafter—just three of Simon Leviev’s many victims across Europe.
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