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  • Summary: Taylor Swift's fourth album was produced by Max Martin and features Mark Foster (Foster the People) and singer/songwriter Lori McKenna.
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  • Record Label: Big Machine Records
  • Genre(s): Pop, Country, Pop/Rock, Teen Pop, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
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  1. I like the feisty ones, as I generally do. But "Begin Again" and especially "Stay Stay Stay" stay happy and hit just as hard.
  2. It's sexy, daring, and complete.
  3. 83
    One gets the feeling that it's not this guy's love she's after. She's just using him for the breakup songs. This time around, it's getting harder to feel sorry for Swift.
  4. Oct 22, 2012
    75
    Red is a big record that reaches for Importance and occasionally touches it, filled with well-constructed pop songs Taylor-made for bedroom duets.
  5. Oct 25, 2012
    70
    For all its manufactured essence, Red remains firmly grounded at the crossroads between innocence and experience.
  6. Oct 24, 2012
    70
    Red may not be a bona fide country album, but it could very well be a pop masterpiece, more in line with P!nk's latest, The Truth About Love, than even Red's predecessor, Speak Now.
  7. Oct 24, 2012
    40
    As it stands for now though, Red is a mixed bag, and it's up to you to sort through the majority-holding bad in order to find the good.

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  1. Negative: 21 out of 333
  1. Nov 17, 2017
    10
    Taylor Swift has shown with this album that she is a musical force that is here to stay. Her ability to capture her state of mind at aTaylor Swift has shown with this album that she is a musical force that is here to stay. Her ability to capture her state of mind at a particular moment, match it with an insanely catchy melody and then allow listeners a glimpse of it while not being overly navel-gazing or overly introspective is unmatched. With RED, Taylor Swift is one of the Greatest songwriters of Our generation. I have listened to the whole album and this album actually has a more Country Rock feel to it rather than her usual Country Pop sound. This is the most mature album of her career and its worth every penny. I have to give Taylor credit for this album, she has grown and mastered the art of being a true artist. Taylor has a mix of Country, Pop, and Rock songs but that doesn't mean she's left her County roots. Songs like "Stay Stay Stay," "I Almost Do," and "Begin Again" remind us why Taylor is wining in the Country World right now. Expand
  2. Oct 22, 2012
    10
    Taylor Swift is one of the Greatest songwriters of Our generation. I have listened to the whole album and this album actually has a moreTaylor Swift is one of the Greatest songwriters of Our generation. I have listened to the whole album and this album actually has a more Country Rock feel to it rather than her usual Country Pop sound. This is the most mature album of her career and its worth every penny. I have to give Taylor credit for this album, she has grown and mastered the art of being a true artist. Taylor has a mix of Country, Pop, and Rock songs but that doesn't mean she's left her County roots. Songs like "Stay Stay Stay," "I Almost Do," and "Begin Again" remind us why Taylor is wining in the Country World right now. Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    deserved to win album of the year. had no skips and is simply one of the best albums til date. the mix of country and pop really stands out.
  4. Oct 25, 2020
    10
    Another emotional, captivating and fun album by the queen herself Taylor. This album surprised me back in 2012 and it keeps surprising me toAnother emotional, captivating and fun album by the queen herself Taylor. This album surprised me back in 2012 and it keeps surprising me to this day, love the lyrics, production and the voice of her. Just amazing. Expand
  5. Sep 10, 2022
    10
    Her best album and my favourtie album of all time right now! All to well is a masterpiece, who couldn’t agree?
  6. Dec 16, 2017
    9
    An Extraordinary album by Taylor Swift, A Long album with more 1hr & 5 min, and nothing less than 16 songs and never feels tired even withAn Extraordinary album by Taylor Swift, A Long album with more 1hr & 5 min, and nothing less than 16 songs and never feels tired even with most ballads songs.

    But is also is balanced with great pop tracks like the first one "State Of Grace" an excellent rock pop song that remind some bands like for example U2, other songs like "Red" "22" "Starlight" and the successful singles "I Knew you were trouble" & "We Are Never Getting Back Together" brings a shade of happiness to this great album

    Great Ballads Sad Songs, like "All Too Well" "Treacherous" The absolute beautiful Duet. "The Last Time", The Lucky One and many others beautiful ballads.

    Great & Beautiful album worthy of many Grammy's.
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  7. Jun 8, 2017
    0
    Un álbum aburrido, sin sorpresas, típica de una chica descerebrada, sin canciones potenciales, fácil de olvidar por el público, una artistaUn álbum aburrido, sin sorpresas, típica de una chica descerebrada, sin canciones potenciales, fácil de olvidar por el público, una artista que no trascenderá como leyenda y será una más del montón. Lo peor que le pudo pasar a la industria. Expand

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