• Record Label: Republic
  • Release Date: Nov 12, 2021
Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Nov 11, 2021
    100
    The new Red is even bigger, glossier, deeper, casually crueler. It’s the ultimate version of her most gloriously ambitious mega-pop manifesto.
  2. 100
    This re-recording is a better, brighter version of a terrific pop album. Red is dead. Long live Red (Taylor's Version).
  3. Nov 15, 2021
    93
    A collection of [new-to-us] songs that doesn’t have a real dud in the bunch.
  4. Nov 16, 2021
    91
    Red (Taylor’s Version) has a happy, free, lonely, and, yes, confused vibe; quoting “22” feels appropriate in this case—it doesn’t get old, it just gets an incredible upgrade.
  5. Dec 2, 2021
    90
    Truth is that this is now the definitive version of Red. It may also ensure that the good old boys who casually sold her music, seemingly out of a mixture of greed and spite, won’t get one red cent from Red, and it proves you can take a masterpiece and make it sound even better.
  6. Nov 17, 2021
    90
    While the two versions of “All Too Well” are the most obvious examples of that skill, it’s the editing over the entirety of Red that elevates it from an album that seemed destined to be remembered as a transitional work in Swift’s catalog into a confident, refined album that demands inclusion in the pop canon.
  7. Nov 15, 2021
    90
    Red – both in its original form as well as with these welcome additions – is an absolute triumph.
  8. Nov 12, 2021
    90
    As ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ shows, this is an exercise in catharsis. Leafing back through the storybook of our own formative years, we feel it all.
  9. Nov 11, 2021
    90
    Red (Taylor’s Version) is a highly rewarding listen for fans both casual and manic, bolstered by its excellent source material and Swift’s steady hand in rewriting her own looping history, with a few thrilling footnotes tacked on. ... Red 2.0 is another towering victory, which should be coveted by fans as Swift is surely already onto the next re-recording, furthering the worthwhile fight.
  10. 90
    In anyone else’s hands, 30 tracks might feel bloated and indulgent, but Swift tempers length with careful curation, sequencing and a respect for what made the original Red such a superb pop record.
  11. Nov 15, 2021
    85
    If you haven’t listened to Red, recently or ever, it’s well worth your time; in its ecstatic, expressive vocals, tart humor, vivid imagery, and tender attention to the nuances of love and loss, you’ll find everything that makes Taylor Swift great. ... Some of the vault tracks feel like they were left off of Red because they weren’t up to snuff.
  12. Nov 12, 2021
    83
    Red has aged fairly well overall, even some of the lighter fare. ... The tracks from the vault here are stronger than those chosen for Fearless (Taylor’s Version).
  13. 80
    It’s not an exercise of rethinking and tweaking old songs, but to take back ownership of her own music. The production here is a little sharper, with the instrumentation being brought further into focus.
  14. Nov 11, 2021
    80
    Red (Taylor’s Version) adds satisfying hues of deep, gothic black.
  15. Nov 19, 2021
    70
    The highlight of these is a ten-minute version of "All Too Well," a bitter ballad that was already one of the peaks of Red and is now turned into an epic kiss-off. This, along with excavated songs, are reason enough for Swift to revisit Red and they, not the re-recordings, are the reason to return to Red [Taylor's Version].
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 2275 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 12, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is just Fantastic, she didn’t disappoint, so excited for the next re-recordings Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2021
    10
    OMG! She really elevated this album from a 10/10 to a 13/10. The vault tracks are sooo good too!!
  3. Nov 12, 2021
    10
    Taylor can really put all 30 songs in an album including the b sides & vault tracks yet all of them fit together like a standard album. RedTaylor can really put all 30 songs in an album including the b sides & vault tracks yet all of them fit together like a standard album. Red (Taylor's Version) will always be known as one of the break-up anthem album ever made that will go down in history books. Just impressive. Full Review »