After a highly anticipated release, Red (Taylor’s Version) is finally here. We are breaking down all 9 of her unreleased “From The Vault” songs after a first listen!
She’s done it! Taylor Swift has claimed the season of Fall as her own after re-releasing 30 perfect tracks on “Red (Taylor’s Version)”. Swift is currently re-recording a majority of her albums to regain the rights to her masters after a battle with her record company. “Red” has been a highly anticipated re-release for fans because for every Swiftie, the song “All Too Well” holds a special place in our hearts.
Taylor recently told the world about the original version, all 10 minutes of it. After a lot of cutting, the tune made it onto the original “Red” album at 5 minutes and 29 seconds. Now, we finally have “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version)(Taylor’s Version)(From the Vault)….and it’s even better than any fan could’ve dreamt. This album includes some of Taylor’s best and most heartbreaking songwriting, and it cuts even deeper with 30-year-old Taylor’s voice.
Along with the 10-minute version of “All Too Well”, Red (Taylor’s Version) has a total of 9 “(From The Vault)” songs, and we’re here to guide you through listening, starting with our favorites.
- “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version)(Taylor’s Version)(From The Vault)
No surprise here, this song is absolutely everything a fan could ever ask for from Taylor. Every lyric hits deeper, and it’s great to hear the original version of this song to get the full story and range of emotion Taylor was trying to share with us. There’s so much to say about this song, but all we can say is that it needs to be at the top of your Spotify Wrapped this season.
- “Nothing New” (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)(Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)
Now this song with Phoebe Bridgers is almost like a personal attack, these two artists seem to understand every little thing we think and feel! The lyrics mixed with the piano and the soft voices of Taylor and Phoebe create the perfect dramatic walking song for the end of a coming-of-age movie, you know, right before the main character fixes all of their problems. Taylor and Phoebe ask “Will you still want me when I’m nothing new?”, and that is a lyric that can resonate with everyone because we all ask ourselves if we are good enough, especially when we’re no longer new and exciting. We had a feeling that a Taylor and Phoebe collab would cut deep, but this is a whole new level.
- “The Very First Night” (Taylor’s Version)(From The Vault)
I don’t know if Ms. Swift put drugs in this song or not, but this is on repeat for the rest of eternity. “I wish I could fly, I’d pick you up and we’d go back in time” will be stuck in your head for days, no doubt. This catchy, upbeat, new tune from Taylor is some of her best. Think of “Starlight” and “Stay Stay Stay” but even more pop-focused. This song is completely a 10/10 and is guaranteed to put you in a better mood following those first two songs.
- “Better Man” (Taylor’s Version)(From The Vault)
“Better Man” was one of Taylor’s songs that she gave to country band Little Big Town, which then went on to win a CMA award. Now, we finally get to hear it from Taylor herself and the vocals and note changes are everything. The song dreams about a past love and wonders what the relationship could’ve been if he was a “better man”. The song has a bit of country in it still, but Taylor’s mature vocals give it a little more of a softer folk vibe. Truly, it’s one of her best songs and absolutely deserved to be on the original “Red” album.
- “I Bet You Think About Me” (feat. Chris Stapleton)(Taylor’s Version)(From The Vault)
We can’t get enough!! This “From The Vault” track is definitely country-inspired, the tone of voice Taylor uses in this one almost reminds us of “Picture to Burn”. Chris Stapleton supports in the background vocals, which really sends this song home. Plus, those closing lyrics of “Oh my god, she’s insane, she wrote a song about me” have the perfect amount of attitude and catchiness to make this one of your new favorites.
- “Babe” (Taylor’s Version)(From The Vault)
You may know this song as a Sugarland tune, with a guest appearance from redhead Taylor in the music video. This song is so good, and hearing Taylor’s full version makes it that much better. The vocals are so strong in this performance, hearing the strength in her voice accompanied with these lyrics really proves how well-written every aspect of Taylor’s music is. “Babe” is a catchy pop song about being cheated on and not being able to go back to that person anymore, and all we can think about is “Will there be a re-creation of the original music video?” because we definitely need to see that asap.
- “Message In A Bottle” (Taylor’s Version)(From The Vault)
Taylor responded to a fan on Tik Tok and told them that their theories that “Message In A Bottle” was a pop banger were true, and she doesn’t lie! This 1989-esque pop tune is very similar to “The Very First Night” which adds for a nice switch-up on the album. Although Red is very much a pop album, songs like “Message In A Bottle” have a different sound to them that keeps things exciting while still hitting home with those deep lyrics.
- “Forever Winter” (Taylor’s Version)(From The Vault)
This song fits perfectly into the Red genre of music, there’s strong guitar and some tambourine in the back. The bridge in this song is sung so beautifully as well, giving off the soundtrack to a movie vibe that we all know and love.
- “Run” (feat. Ed Sheeran)(Taylor’s Version)(From The Vault)
This song is so peaceful and very Ed Sheeran-like, the singing is so delicate and paired perfectly with the guitar strings and piano keys. Taylor and Ed’s voices together are unlike anything else, and having two duets with these artists on Red is truly a gift. This song reminds us of the first snow in December, it’s peaceful and you see the snowflakes underneath the street light, no cars on the road. This unreleased track is the perfect soothing Taylor song to start or end your day.
All of these “From The Vault” songs are better than we could have ever imagined, and only prove that Taylor Swift has been immensely talented her entire life. We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling like these songs will be on repeat till 2022!