With her new album ‘Red,’ Taylor Swift grows up
Pursues pop hits — and more mature songwriting
For a sense of how much Taylor Swift has matured on her new album, compare the title track with that of her last record. “Speak Now,” from 2010, cast Swift as a hapless “girl” (in her words) who crashed the wedding of her ex-boyfriend and proceeded to hide behind a curtain and make silly jokes about the bride. The whole scenario was cute, like something a lovable sitcom character would do for a cheap laugh. Think of “Red” as the next chapter in that young girl’s life. She has become a young woman, and that joke isn’t funny anymore. Now she’s writing about heartache from a decidedly grown-up perspective.