Taylor Swift's new Red (Taylor's Version) is a hit with critics and fans alike


Taylor Swift’s instincts proved to be right on the money as critics and her fans shared adoring reviews of her newly rerecorded Red album.

The new version, retitled Red (Taylor’s Version), features a variety of tracks from the vault, stretching out the original album’s sixteen tracks to a whopping 30.

Red (Taylor’s Version) earned an impressive 96 percent on Metacritic, indicating ‘universal acclaim,’ with several outlets praising the expansive new material almost as much as the original songs.

It's a hit! Taylor Swift earned rave early reviews from critics for her rerecorded Red (Taylor's Version), with praise coming in for her mature voice and the extensive bonus material

It’s a hit! Taylor Swift earned rave early reviews from critics for her rerecorded Red (Taylor’s Version), with praise coming in for her mature voice and the extensive bonus material

The pop superstar approached the rerecording after her master recordings were bought up, with the new red following a rerecorded version of her earlier album Fearless. 

Rolling Stone gave Taylor one of her best reviews for the rerelease with a perfect five-star review, a rarity for the publication.

Critic Rob Sheffield singled out one of the new songs, a long-lost 10-minute version of All Too Well concludes the album and dwarfs the rerecorded version, which is half as long.

The song is rumored to be about Swift’s ex Jake Gyllenhaal and takes the former of a power ballad.

Sheffield calls the 10-minute version a ‘heartbreak epic’ and praised the additional lyrics.

Perfect score: Rolling Stone gave the new Red a rare five-star review and praised the epic 10-minute version of All Too Well, which is rumored to be about a relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal; seen Thursday on The Tonight Show

Perfect score: Rolling Stone gave the new Red a rare five-star review and praised the epic 10-minute version of All Too Well, which is rumored to be about a relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal; seen Thursday on The Tonight Show

‘Yes, you just heard extra verses about this guy meeting her dad and skipping her 21st birthday party,’ he writes. ‘Yes, her greatest song just got greater. No, you’re not fine at all.’

He also praised the production, which is attributed to a bevy of big names, including recent collaborators Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff.

The new version benefits from ‘more boom and detail in the production,’ while ‘her adult voice adds new power to these songs.’

The Guardian’s Laura Snapes was also a fan of Red (Taylor’s Version), though she described the original version as ‘one half schmaltzy stuffing’ due to collaborations with Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol’s Gary Gary Lightbody.

She highlighted Taylor’s matured voice, which she said paradoxically hurt some of the songs by mellowing their incisive nature.

‘The lack of burn and twang here slightly blunts the rabid, deliciously vindictive edge that fueled the original’s tumultuous depiction of heartbreak, sketched in appropriately vaulting shades of pop, country, balladry and electro-tooled aggression,’ Snapes writes.

But the other half of the album features ‘some of the greatest pop songs of all time.’

Mixed bag: The Guardian said half the album had 'some of the greatest pop songs of all time,' while the other half was 'schmaltzy stuffing,' though it was an overall positive review; seen October 30 in Cleveland

Mixed bag: The Guardian said half the album had ‘some of the greatest pop songs of all time,’ while the other half was ‘schmaltzy stuffing,’ though it was an overall positive review; seen October 30 in Cleveland

Variety applauded Red (Taylor’s Version) and the new material, while noting that the acoustic tracks translated better than the electro-pop songs, which were originally produced by Max Martin.

All of the new bonus tracks were solidly reviewed, but the lengthier version of All Too Well earned a hyperbolic ’10/5′ rating.

Spin declared that the original Red ‘was already’ Taylor’s greatest album and ‘the ultimate millennial breakup album.’

The review noted that the album’s 130 minute length meant that listening to it ‘in one sitting is a task perhaps reserved for the most devout Swifties.’

But critic Bobby Olivier wrote that it was still ‘highly rewarding’ and called Taylor a ‘much better singer now,’ while describing the 10-minute version of All Too Well as a ‘melodramatic masterpiece.’

New version: Variety applauded Red (Taylor's Version) and the new material, while noting that the acoustic tracks translated better than the electro-pop songs, while also praising All Too Well

New version: Variety applauded Red (Taylor’s Version) and the new material, while noting that the acoustic tracks translated better than the electro-pop songs, while also praising All Too Well

NME gave Red (Taylor’s Version) four out of five stars and described it as ‘not an exercise of rethinking and tweaking old songs, but to take back ownership of her own music.’

The singer’s mature voice was again cited as an improvement over her tone on the original.’

The review praised the extensive bonus material, which it called a ‘treasure trove’ of unheard gems.

The Independent’s Helen Brown gave the new album a perfect five-star review and called it a ‘better, brighter version of a terrific pop album.’

Her version: NME gave Red (Taylor's Version) four out of five stars and described it as 'not an exercise of rethinking and tweaking old songs, but to take back ownership of her own music'

Her version: NME gave Red (Taylor’s Version) four out of five stars and described it as ‘not an exercise of rethinking and tweaking old songs, but to take back ownership of her own music’ 

Can't handle it: On Twitter, Taylor shared her gushing response to getting a coveted five-star review from Rolling Stone

Can’t handle it: On Twitter, Taylor shared her gushing response to getting a coveted five-star review from Rolling Stone

Time traveler: Earlier, she tweeted a photo of herself taken from behind as she stood by the sea, which contrasted an earlier photo of herself that she shared just before the 2012 release of Red

Time traveler: Earlier, she tweeted a photo of herself taken from behind as she stood by the sea, which contrasted an earlier photo of herself that she shared just before the 2012 release of Red

On Twitter, Taylor shared her gushing response to getting a coveted five-star review from Rolling Stone.

‘I AM ALL TOO UNWELL,’ she tweeted with a smiling yet crying emoji as she reposted the rave review.

Earlier, she tweeted a photo of herself taken from behind as she stood by the sea, which contrasted an earlier photo of herself that she shared just before the 2012 release of Red.

‘This is the last day of my life before #RedTaylorsVersion,’ she wrote.

Critical favorite: Other fans also pointed out the rave reviews Red (Taylor's Version) was receiving

Critical favorite: Other fans also pointed out the rave reviews Red (Taylor’s Version) was receiving

Getting emotional: One user posted an image of Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness crying and saying, 'Okay, it's totally fine. Why am I crying?'

Getting emotional: One user posted an image of Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness crying and saying, ‘Okay, it’s totally fine. Why am I crying?’

Making it official: Another fan declared, 'taylor swift is about to prove the world that red always deserved that grammy'

Making it official: Another fan declared, ‘taylor swift is about to prove the world that red always deserved that grammy’

Ageless: Some listeners joked about how little had changed with a meme from the original and rebooted iCarly to illustrate 'me listening to red in 2012' and 'me listening to red tv in 2021'

Ageless: Some listeners joked about how little had changed with a meme from the original and rebooted iCarly to illustrate ‘me listening to red in 2012’ and ‘me listening to red tv in 2021’

Other fans also pointed out the rave reviews Red (Taylor’s Version) was receiving. 

One user posted an image of Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness crying and saying, ‘Okay, it’s totally fine. Why am I crying?’

They wrote, ‘”red is about to be mine again, but it has always been ours” STOP I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.’

Another fan declared, ‘taylor swift is about to prove the world that red always deserved that grammy.’

Some listeners joked about how little had changed by using a meme from the original and rebooted iCarly shows to illustrate ‘me listening to red in 2012’ and ‘me listening to red tv in 2021.’  

Fan and collaborator: Aaron Dessner, who first worked with Taylor as a cowriter and producer on Folklore and Evermore, shared his congratulations to her on Twitter

Fan and collaborator: Aaron Dessner, who first worked with Taylor as a cowriter and producer on Folklore and Evermore, shared his congratulations to her on Twitter

Going all in: One fan joked about their obsessive reaction to the new Red with a popular image from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Going all in: One fan joked about their obsessive reaction to the new Red with a popular image from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Moving on: Another person repurposed a popular meme of a boyfriend with a wandering eye, though they appended the cover of Red (Taylor's Version) to the woman catching his eye, while his girlfriend got the original Red cover

Moving on: Another person repurposed a popular meme of a boyfriend with a wandering eye, though they appended the cover of Red (Taylor’s Version) to the woman catching his eye, while his girlfriend got the original Red cover

Aaron Dessner, who first worked with Taylor as a cowriter and producer on Folklore and Evermore, before returning for additional work on Red (Taylor’s Version), shared his congratulations to her on Twitter.

‘Congratulations to @taylorswift13 on the release of her version of Red… as always I’m so amazed by your courage and determination as an artist and I’m so grateful for our friendship and collaboration,’ he wrote.

One fan joked about their obsessive reaction to the new Red with a popular image from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. 

‘Me simultaneously explaining the reasoning for and importance of the re-recordings, All Too Well + the new 10-minute version, why we hate Jake Gyllenhaal, and the entire album Red to my boyfriend after he casually asked if I was excited for Taylor Swift on SNL next weekend,’ they joked.

Another person repurposed a popular meme of a boyfriend with a wandering eye, though they appended the cover of Red (Taylor’s Version) to the woman catching his eye, while his girlfriend got the original Red cover.

‘Everyone when Red (Taylor’s Version) is out,’ they captioned it. 

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