Taylor Knows Us All Too Well

Taylor Swift released her remastered 2012 album “Red” on Nov. 12 with the new title “Red (Taylor’s Version).” Along with the album, Swift released a short film she directed for her song “All Too Well.”

The original “Red” is a beloved album by Swift’s fans and features songs like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “22.”

“My opinion on Taylor Swift is that every time Taylor releases music it exceeds everyone’s expectations. Her newest release of ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ is iconic and I can’t stop listening to it,” said junior Katie Ludwig.

Swift’s musical discography extends back to 2006 with the release of her album “Taylor Swift.” Since then, she has maintained a large fan base that today amounts to 52,584,305 monthly listeners, ranking 15th in the world according to Spotify.

According to Spotify, the original “Red” album had 16 songs with a run-time of one hour and four minutes. “Red (Taylor’s Version)” more than doubles that run-time with 30 songs for a total of two hours and 10 minutes.

For a few years, Swift has been in the process of re-recording her past albums after the original masters were sold by her prior label. Everything Swift has released from 2019 on is her own property, and her fans listen to those instead of the original recordings. 

In an interview with the Associated Press, Swift said, “I’m getting to look back on this music and just see music and see art and see experiences I’ve had in concerts. It was mine and now it’s really shared between me and the fans and that’s what I have really taken away from this experience.”

Swift not only re-recorded and extended one of her most popular songs “All Too Well,” but released a short film of the same name. The short film “All Too Well” is a visual representation of the new song, which is 10 minutes long and adds more detail to the original lyrics.

The short film stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. The film works to illustrate the lack of balance within their relationship, mostly due to the large age gap between the characters.

Sink plays the role of a young Swift caught up in a relationship with a man who goes unnamed and unidentified played by O’Brien.

Although Swift has dodged questions regarding who the song is about, many fans online have heavily suspected that the lyrics are about her three-month relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal that took place in late 2010.

“It’s a way for her to express the hurdles of her past relationships and serves as a powerful message. I think it’s a powerful message about relationships and how her fame shaped her as a person,” said junior Jordan Dyer.

Along with the short film and the remastered album, Swift also premiered a new surprise music video for the song “I Bet You Think About Me (feat. Chris Stapleton)” on Nov. 15.

Swift’s short film “All Too Well” and new music video have a combined 54 million views on YouTube as of publication time, and her song “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” is her most played song on Spotify since its release with over 37 million listens. 

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