Ranked “Vault” Songs – Billboard

Red (Taylor version) feels very different from Without fear (Taylor version), the way Taylor Swift fans – both casual and diehard – approach releases. While the excitement around Without fear (Taylor version) was palpable, the wait for Red (Taylor version) before its release reached a deafening climax, signaling one of the biggest releases of the fall – an incredible prospect for an album that is primarily a re-recorded version of a previous album.

After Swift announced plans to re-record her first six studio albums, Intrepid, the groundbreaking 2008 LP, was the first to be reinvented, resulting in a release that wowed long-time supporters and piqued the curiosity of viewers. Without fear (Taylor version) turned out to be a loving visit to his old songs, as well as the discovery of previously unreleased songs “From The Vault,” resulting in one of the biggest album debuts of 2021 when it was released in April.

Corn Red, her fourth feature film released in 2012, is different – an indispensable fan favorite, with songs so personal to Swift and crucial to unlocking her mass appeal that it’s hard to imagine her current art without her. With re-recorded versions of hits like “We Are Never Ever Get Back Together”, “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “Everything Has Changed”, Red (Taylor version) features nine tracks “From The Vault” – including previously unreleased collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Chris Stapleton and Ed Sheeran, as well as a stunning 10 minute version of the album “All Too Well”.

The whole project is worth digging into, and the nine songs from “From The Vault” are strong enough to end up on the original tracklist. Here is our humble preliminary ranking of these recently covered songs, from Taylor Swift’s re-recorded second album, Red (Taylor version):

9. Baby

Co-written with Pat Monahan of Train and ultimately given to Sugarland (who received guest vocals from Swift on their version), Swift’s version of “Babe” offers some lightness on the Red (Taylor version) song list, even in the context of a breakout song. Swift and Jack Antonoff produce a warm mix of fingerboards, slide guitar and percussion, recreating the country-pop sparkle of Swift’s early decade that rushes down as lyrics retrace personal missteps.

8. Eternal winter

“Forever Winter” combines one of the more complex productions of “From The Vault” tracks with a nuanced and broad vocal take from Swift. She runs through the lines then lingers on the syllables, and reduces her voice to a whisper then blows the chorus, while horns, flutes and guitars swirl around her voice. Concern runs through everything: Swift sings for someone she couldn’t read, and looks for ways to help her out of the darkness.

7. The very first night

Dizzying memories of inadvertent love sparkle over “The Very First Night,” a blissful piece of chewing gum that rings the house next to Red songs like “22” and “Stay Stay Stay”. As is often the case, the highlights come from the lyrical details – Swift remembering relaxed words that end up meaning the world, and wishing she could step back in time to perfect the scene – but the dancing country-pop stampede comes in handy. for those who just want to move on to a starry eyed hymn.

6. Run the exploit. Ed sheeran

Although Ed Sheeran was featured on the Red single “Everything Has Changed”, by Swift Folklore/Always the era did not feature an assist from his fellow stadium superstar. “Run” is a belated way to tweak that, so to speak: Although the song was saved from the vault, Aaron Dessner’s co-production is reminiscent of Swift’s recent foray into indie folk. And the rustic sound suits the duo perfectly, a twirling guitar licking and orchestral gestures popping up among breathtaking romantic gestures.

5. I bet you think of me feat. Chris Stapleton

A few songs before the 10 Minute Kiss to end all the kisses on the tracklist, Swift gives us another not-so-loving farewell to a rich, oblivious kid on “I Bet You Think About Me,” a free- from. the rolling and lush jam alongside Chris Stapleton. One of Swift’s finer attributes as a performer is how funny she can be – even more than Stapleton’s moving vocal aids or harmonica tracks, Swift’s deadpan lines like “The Girl In your bed has a nice pedigree / And I bet your friends tell you she’s better than me / HEH! is the highlight here.

4. Best man

The song Swift sent to Little Big Town – and eventually became a Hot Country Songs charts for the quartet when it was released in 2016 – finally receives a tender rendition from its songwriter, as Swift refracts the song. history of post-rupture pain through it. own goal. The harmonies that made “Better Man” a Little Big Town star are honored here, as Caitlin Evanson and Liz Huett provide backing vocals to Swift’s shattered dreams.

3. Message in a bottle

Red was the first album Swift worked on with Max Martin, and the pairing between the superstar and the legendary producer resulted in hits like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Martin’s only credit in the “From The Vault” tracks here comes as co-author of “Message in a Bottle,” a compact and propulsive dance piece that carries the same energy (and crackling charm) as the hits that pushed Swift’s sound to mainstream pop before the 2014s 1989.

2. Nothing new feat. Phoebe bridgers

Between punisher, Folklore and Always, Phoebe Bridgers and Taylor Swift delivered some of the most incisive and touching compositions of 2020 – and although Swift is the sole scribe on “Nothing New,” the rekindled track works perfectly as a shared showcase for the two’s lyrical sensibilities. artists. Amid a low-key cello and violin, Swift and Bridgers exchange cues and rhetorical questions about unfair social expectations of young women (“How did I go from growth to collapse?” Is one punch) before mulling over a meeting with the next generation: “She’ll know the way and then she’ll say she got the map from me / I’ll say I’m happy for her, then I’ll cry to fall asleep. “

1. Too good (10 minute version)

We can certainly look into the lyrics – a layman keychain? A failed 21st birthday? Who was “an actress” ?? – of this oversized version of what was already a magnum opus on the Red list of tracks, and rightly so; Swift understands that her fans will simultaneously embrace and investigate every detail of one of her most famous breakup songs. Still, the 10-minute “All Too Well” is worth celebrating not just for the Easter eggs, but for the history they contain. Like the original version released nine years ago, this new “All Too Well” is an imposing songwriting achievement, made even more impressive now that her ill-begotten love story never falters or sounds overwhelmed. throughout its gigantic execution. The production is buzzing, every line pierces the skin, and Swift is at her highest level – she gives her most ardent followers what they want by sharing her full, unvarnished truth.