Judging by what we know so far, Red will be like Taylor Swift‘s last few albums in that the songs are all sort of lovey-dovey or heart broken. “I ended up being inspired by a lot of zero-to-100 then it hits a wall and explodes type of relationships,” she laughed, during the YouTube mini-summit she held to announce project. She reiterates that point in an interview in this month’s Rolling Stone, explaining, “I went through a few roller coasters.” Taylor will be Taylor, but of course.
Red will also, though, be not like Taylor Swift’s last few albums, most of which she wrote by herself. Taylor brought a team of “singer song writing and producing artist heroes” on board to help with this round, which means there were a lot of new hands working together to turn those oh-so-Taylor emotions into hits, and Taylor says that she “felt like an apprentice” during the process. What’s that going to mean for the album? 100% more womp-womp, apparently!
According to Rolling Stone‘s first listen, Taylor together with the likes of Ed Sheeran, super-producer Max Martin and Adele collaborator Dan Wilson has turned out an album that includes distinctly not Taylor-like sounds such as: “a howling, U2-style epic with reverb-drenched guitars,” a duet and “a dubstep-inspired bass breakdown.” But what have they done to our pop country princess?
We never thought we would hear Taylor drop the bass, but maybe we should have. On Speak Now, she used “Dear John” to explore blues, “Haunted” rock, and “The Story of Us” planted the pop-punk seed for “Never Ever.” Never, really, was she just an “Innocent” girl with a banjo anyways. Taylor has grown beyond her country roots with each new album, and so of course this would be no different. In the same Rolling Stone interview, she assures that “they let me do what I love, which is the lyrics.” She wields a lot of power with her lyrics already, but just imagine an already cutting line like “Shining like fireworks over your sad empty town” punctuated by a carefully deployed and totally gut-punching bass drop — womp womp, indeed.