"Red" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Thoughtful country track describes love through colors.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

No overly positive or negative messages, just a description of how love can make you feel both good and bad.

Positive role models

Taylor Swift continues to be a great role model by writing her own songs and creating positive music.

Violence
Not applicable
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Consumerism

Maserati.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Red" is another clean track from Taylor Swift, with no profanity or adult content like sex or substance use. That said, the song deals with one of Swift's favorite topics -- turbulent romantic relationships -- and all the ups and downs that come with them. It's an overall acceptable track for tweens, though parents may find themselves explaining what Swift means by alternately liking and disliking someone. 

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What's the story?

"RED" is the third single from Taylor Swift’s album by the same name. Performed live for the first time at the BBC Radio Teen Awards in October 2012, the clean song finds Swift using color-based metaphors ("losing him was blue like I'd never known / Missing him was dark gray all alone … but loving him was red") covering familiar territory –– the exhilarating highs and devastating lows of romantic relationships.

Is it any good?

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Like "Begin Again," the second single from the same album, "Red" sports a distinctly country sound. Though the arrangements are nothing too new for Swift, the cute way she sings about love in colors lends a unique twist to her typical approach.
 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the rapid speed with which artists today release new singles ("Red" is the third in three weeks for Swift) and the effect it has on audiences.

  • How could this more-is-more approach be both helpful and hurtful to an artist?

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  • How has the Internet changed the ability of artists to get their music out to the masses? Are these changes a good or bad thing (or both)?

Music details

Artist:Taylor Swift
Release date:October 2, 2012
Type:Single
Label:Big Machine Records
Genre:Country
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysmashingepicness767 July 12, 2013
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Nothing, no inappropriate content

'Red' best album yet by Taylor Swift. Song, catchy, beautiful and lovely.
Kid, 12 years old October 24, 2012
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12
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Red - AMAZING!

This CD is awesome - but not for kids under 10 or 11. "hell" and "lord" are used as swear words, and a little hinting of a guy trying to get Taylor to be with him but the lyrics tell you that he already has a "girl at home" waiting for him. Over all, cute and fun album for tweens and teens, but remember, Taylor is getting older, and so are her songs. :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byUseursense August 15, 2013
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BURNING RED!

This song is indeed very catchy! Taylor is symbolizing how loving a certain guy, is a lot like colors! The only lines I don't like r, "faster than the wind, passionate as sin" and "touching him was like realizing all u ever wanted was right there in front of u," very good job Taylor swift!

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