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.