Following months of speculation, Taylor Swift has formally released the re-recorded version of her acclaimed 2012 album Red.
Originally available nearly a decade ago, the re-recorded album comes more than a half year after the superstar singer/songwriter dropped her Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April, in an effort to re-do her first six albums following Scooter Braun’s controversial purchase of her masters.
As part of her expanded 30-track full length, Swift has included collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Chris Stapleton, (who’s also duetted with Adele) and Ed Sheeran, who sang with her on the initial recording. The new titles are described as “From the Vault,” as they were written for the album the first time around but were cut in the final version.
Announcing her new collection, the multi-Grammy Award winning, multi-million selling artist took to Instagram to write: “This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red.”
Referring to a new version of her song “All Too Well,” Swift stated “And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long” as the singer wrote and directed a short film to accompany the ten-minute-long version of the ballad, starring her, Sadie Sink, and Dylan O’Brien. And in an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Taylor hinted that she’ll be performing the song on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live this weekend
“Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person,” the “Evermore” hitmaker announcement back in June. “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.”