Red by Taylor Swift


Bibliographic Information:

Swift, T., Lightbody, G., Sheeran, E., & Big Machine Records. (2012). Red. Nashville, TN: Big Machine.

Plot Summary:


  • State of grace
  • Red
  • Treacherous
  • I knew you were trouble
  • All too well
  • 22
  • I almost do
  • We are never ever getting back together
  • Stay stay stay
  • The last time (featuring Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol)
  • Holy ground
  • Sad beautiful tragic
  • The lucky one
  • Everything has changed (featuring Ed Sheeran)
  • Starlight
  • Begin again

Critical Evaluation:

According to the editor’s notes, the title “Red” was chosen to represent Swift’s passionate nature; the revenge she is known to take by writing ex-boyfriends into songs and that she is a romantic. It also suggests that she is no longer a child but a woman.

The disc has received critical acclaim. Swift plays with a variety of styles and the sixteen songs show her versatility as an artist. Red is her fourth album.

Reader’s Annotation:

This album has some vintage Taylor Swifts songs and some new sounds for the Country crooner.

Information About the Author:

Taylor Swift is a 23 year-old singer/songwriter who has become one of the best known country artists of her generation. In 2009, she was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association; one of the youngest artists ever to win. She has won multiple Grammy Awards and in 2010 was the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Taylor was born December 13, 1989 in Pennsylvania. When her family moved to Nashville when she was 14, she secured an artist development deal with RCA Records (Biography). She released her debut album at the age of 16. She is known for writing and singing her own songs.


  • Country music
  • Pop music

Curriculum Ties:


Booktalking Ideas:


Please check out Billboard website for videos and tracks from Red.

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

I enjoy Swift’s humour and the story that her lyrics often tell. Also, I have been surprised lately about how many teens admit to listening to Country music.

Red was on a number of year-end best-of lists. It was number five on Billboard’s ten top albums of the year. In the States the album became the fastest-selling album in a decade (Red)


“No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach – her punk is so punk, her disco is so disco.”

“As she settles into her superstar persona at the age of 22, Swift has made it clear that she is never going to be pigeonholed, and will always strive for relatable transcendence. “Red” is her most interesting full-length to date, but it probably won’t be when all is said and done in her career.”


Biography for Taylor Swift. (2013). Retrieved May 9, 2013 from

Red (Taylor Swift album). (2013, May 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 9, 2013, from


Taylor Swift. (2013). Retrieved May 9, 2013 from


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