Possibly one of the most anticipated of Taylor Swift’s rerecorded albums is out now. Her 2012 album Red was the beginning of Taylor’s transition from country to pop and a global favorite. Now, Red (Taylor’s Version) is here nearly a decade later with all of the songs we love newly polished and accompanied by several “From the Vault” tracks.
As if a 30-track album (yes you read that right) wasn’t a big enough deal for Swifties around the world, this album is surrounded with exciting merch releases—including the coveted “All Too Well” scarf—and highly anticipated interviews and performances. Taylor celebrated the album’s release with interviews on Late Night with Seth Myers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Those are to be followed by Taylor’s return to Saturday Night Live where she will be performing “All Too Well (10-Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” which she told Jimmy Fallon is “one song that was the length of three songs.”
Red (Taylor’s Version) is definitely an experience. The total runtime for the album is two hours and 10 minutes. (The viny and the CD are both four disks!) So, between interviews, bouts of extreme nostalgia, and screaming your favorite lyrics, you’re going to need to take some time with this one. (Shoutout to the Swifties that stayed up until midnight to listen to the album when it was released.) The more songs the better when it comes to Taylor Swift, though, right? Plus, if this isn’t the perfect album for fall, we don’t know what is.
Taylor’s first short film “All Too Well” is also coming out along with the album. It stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. Written and directed by Taylor, the film is inspired by the premise of “All Too Well,” and based on the trailer, it has all of the romance, heartbreak, and fall vibes we could hope for. (Actually, the trailer is just a 30-second shot of a 1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class driving down a long, tree-lined road in the fall, but we have a good feeling about this.)
Prepare to dance, cry, laugh, and sing. Red (Taylor’s Version) is bound to be in our ears all week (and beyond).