Taylor Swift’s New Version Of Red Is Coming In November
Back in April, Taylor Swift proved she was serious about re-recording all her albums with the release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version), a nearly note-perfect re-creation of her Grammy-winning 2008 sophomore LP Fearless. At times she has seemed to be hinting that 2014’s 1989 would be next, but it turns out 2012’s Red is the one. “This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red,” she writes. “And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long” — presumably a reference to the long-rumored extended version of “All Too Well.”
Here’s the full announcement from Swift’s social media accounts:
I’ve always said that the world is a different place for the heartbroken. It moves on a different axis, at a different speed. Time skips backwards and forwards fleetingly. The heartbroken might go through thousands of micro-emotions a day trying to figure out how to get through it without picking up the phone to hear that old familiar voice. In the land of heartbreak, moments of strength, independence, and devil-may-care rebellion are intricately woven together with grief, paralyzing vulnerability and hopelessness. Imagining your future might always take you on a detour back to the past. And this is all to say, that the next album I’ll be releasing is my version of Red.
Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person. It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end. Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past. Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators. And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way.
Sometimes you need to talk it over (over and over and over) for it to ever really be… over. Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing. This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red. And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long.
Red (Taylor’s Version) will be out November 19.
Red (Taylor’s Version) is out 11/19 on Republic.