I've never been a huge Taylor Swift fan, if I could even call myself a fan at all. For the past couple of years, I've been getting my dose of Swift from forced listening through friends or attempting to sing the chorus when people burst into song.
So when Swift's blockbuster album "Red" was recently released, I decided to give it a shot.
I have no regrets. But then it's not like I fell madly in love with the album either. It was like eating a huge burrito full of beans and rice with an occasional blob of guacamole. Rice and beans are filling, but after a while they taste pretty much the same until you don't really remember what they taste like anymore. Guacamole, on the other hand, is amazing. And it stays amazing.
Red features a collection of 16 songs, with the majority of them revolving around love. Swift's album is perfect for the lovesick teen -- there's a song for falling in love, there's a song for being in love, there's a song for falling out of love, and then there's a song for the bitter break up you just had.
Without a doubt each song of Swift's album is beautifully crafted, but after seven or so songs just about love, I felt tired. Although the message of every song is supposed to be different, I received either one of two main messages: love is ruthless or love is wonderful. I suggest you listen to Swift on YouTube or borrow a CD from someone first (1.2 million copies were sold last week, surely there's someone around you who has a copy) to taste what her new album is like.
Even though I am not head over heels for the entire album, there are a couple of songs I fell hard for. My favorites are "The Last Time" and "I Knew You Were Trouble." I'm pretty sure I'll find myself unconsciously humming them next week.
After listening to "Red," I do understand why Swift is considered one of the most talented artists in the world. She's brutally honest with her feelings, and I think that's why people are so captivated by her music. Even though "Red" did not hit the spot for me, I know this will not be "The Last Time" I'll be listening to her songs.
The Life in Perspective board is made up of teens who write for the features sections. Kelsey Wong is a junior at Irvington High School in Fremont. Reach her at email@example.com