A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while Red shows a decidedly more mature side of Taylor Swift –– now a young adult who's been through the romantic ringer a few times –– these songs are still very clean. None of the tracks contains profanity or graphic allusions to substance use or violence, and only occasionally do they skirt sensitive topics like intimacy or depression. Overall, the album is another fine choice for older kids and teens.
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What's the story?
Among the most anticipated records of 2012, RED is the fourth album in the skyrocketing career of Taylor Swift –– the country darling who has captured the hearts and imaginations of people everywhere with her sweet, honest songs about love and relationships. Swift continues to sing about these familiar themes here. A deluxe version of the album, sold exclusively through Target, features six additional tracks.
Is it any good?
"Hit-making machine" is a phrase that's often been used to describe Taylor Swift, and with this record, she adds at least a dozen more to her repertoire. While there's nothing especially groundbreaking about Swift's songs, which feature simple melodies and arrangements, she puts them together in such a way as to have mass appeal. The hits here range from pop-inspired tunes like "I Knew You Were Trouble" to the super-country "Picture to Burn."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Taylor Swift's continued decision to keep her music clean has affected her career. How would the public respond if she recorded a racy, profanity-laden song?
Describe some of the creative differences between Swift and other young adult artists like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. How are these young artists similar? What could other young musicians learn from Swift?
How do you explain Swift's amazing success? What makes her songs resonate with so many people?