"Red" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Thoughtful country track describes love through colors.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 & Representations

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

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Consumerism

Maserati.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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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Kid, 12 years old October 24, 2012

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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byUseursense August 15, 2013

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... Continue reading

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?

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.
 

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love country and pop

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