We Know Taylor “All Too Well”

A guide to Taylor Swift’s re-recording of her old albums


Olivia Klein

Red (Taylor’s Version) hit streaming services on November 12.

You may be wondering why you’ve overheard mentions of “Red” or “Taylor Swift” today in the hallway. Why is everyone talking about an album that initially was released in 2012? Well, ‘Stay, Stay, Stay,’ read this article, and we’ll tell you why. 

When Taylor Swift was signed to Big Machine Records in 2004, the label acquired all of the rights to her albums. Swift signed a contract when she was 15 that stated none of the streaming profits of those albums would go to her. Despite the contract expiration in 2018, Big Machine Labels was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings label, which would not allow her to buy back the rights to these six albums. 

So, the ‘Fearless’ Swift took it upon herself to re-record all of her old albums, including extra songs that she labels “From the Vault” that didn’t make it to the initial release of each album.

As Swift’s undying fans, we are ecstatic about these re-recordings. Swift, the generous woman that she is, is giving us a chance to listen to the unabridged version of this masterpiece of an album, and we could not be more grateful. 

Boo-hoo Braun, you’re not ‘The Lucky One’ here, we are. 

Swift’s album Red takes us through the ups and downs of love. “I called it that because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles… In retrospect, it all looks red,” Swift told People Magazine. 

Red (Taylor’s Version) is everything we needed and more. All the original songs sound just like the 2012 version, with the added maturity of Taylor’s 31-year-old voice, and a little bit of her own, unique sound this time around. As for the “From the Vault” songs, we have zero complaints, besides the fact that we didn’t get to hear them earlier. Featuring Chris Stapleton, Phoebe Bridgers, and Swift’s longtime friend (and therefore a fond friend of us Swifties), Ed Sheeran, these songs left us in awe of Swift’s genius. 

One of the most anticipated songs from Red (Taylor’s Version) was ‘All Too Well’: the ten minute version that will be accompanied by the short film featuring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink. After listening, all we can say is, Jake Gyllenhaal is a liar and a cheater and The Lance hereby declares him Worst Man of 2021. 

If you’re a ‘Girl at Home’ you better stay tuned for the drop of All Too Well: The Short Film tonight at 7 p.m. EST. 

We Swifties have been with Taylor since day one—having suppoerted her through it all, we are infinitely proud of her recent successes and the many more to come. 

Though Red (Taylor’s Version) was only released today, we can’t help but wonder what album Swift will record next. The Lance votes 1989, but let us know what you think in the poll below.

What album do you think Taylor will re-record next?

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