TAY­LOR SWIFT

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - Jar­rad Be­van

RED is as bold as Swift’s lip­stick. The Penn­syl­va­nian pop star is lean­ing fur­ther away from her coun­try roots on her fourth al­bum but re­gard­less of genre, her song­writ­ing re­mains a strength. She is highly skilled when it comes to whim­si­cal, youth­ful ro­mance and broad­cast­ing her hurt feel­ings through pop tunes. Across 16 new tunes, the 22- yearold swings for the fences and hits a bunch of home- runs. The al­bum will spawn a bunch of chart- crush­ing sin­gles. Starlight looks at crash­ing a yacht club party, a Conor Kennedy- in­flu­enced tune no doubt. Then there are the sin­gles We Are Never Get­ting Back To­gether and the cu­ri­ous mix of dub­step and coun­try on I Knew You Were Trou­ble, both odes to a cer­tain ac­tor ex- boyfriend. Note to dudes: don’t wrong her, you will be im­mor­talised in song! Swift turns in some solid synth- pop with the icy Holy Ground then de­liv­ers a strong bal­lad with the cau­tion­ary tale about Hol­ly­wood’s bright lights, The Lucky One. Bet­ter still is the ’ 70s folk- rock Treach­er­ous and the hitin- wait­ing The Last Time, a duet with one of the blokes from Snow Pa­trol. Swift sold 1.2 mil­lion copies of Red in its first week, the best for any al­bum in a decade.

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