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Taylor Swift Releases 'Red (Taylor's Version)'

It's here! Today (November 12), Taylor Swift finally dropped her second re-recorded album, Red (Taylor's Version). It's an update to her critically-acclaimed 2012 record Red. The release is part of her ongoing mission to regain ownership of her early music.

While the original album was 16 tracks, Red (Taylor's Version) is a wopping 30 tracks. It features musical collaborations with fellow singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, Gary Lightbody, Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton. It also includes nine previously unreleased songs that didn't make the final cut in 2012. And of course, it's got that 10-minute version of "All Too Well" Swifties were dying to hear.

Reception has been largely positive. Swift fans love it, and so do critics. In a surprise move, Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone gave the re-release five stars and described the album as, "a tribute to how far she's traveled, but it makes you even more excited for where she's heading next." He also commented on the 10-minute "All Too Well," saying Swift "takes her own masterpiece, tears it all up, breaks it like a promise, shreds her tapestry, and rebuilds it into a new heartbreak epic, twice as long and twice as mad."

Variety's Chris Willman wrote that Swift benefits from having nearly all the original producers from the album back on board, and remarked the collection of nine previously unreleased songs "doesn't have a real dud in the bunch."

Red (Taylor’s Version) is the latest in Swift’s campaign to re-record and re-release most of her early catalog, undertaken in the wake of Scooter Braun selling the rights to her masters. Swift revealed in November of last year the masters were sold to Shamrock Holdings. After last year’s Folklore and Evermore, Swift fought back with the updated album Fearless (Taylor’s Version), which topped the Billboard 200 chart in April.

Swift announced the re-release of Red in June. She has not yet shared which of her albums she’ll re-record next, although fans suspect it could be 1989 given her recent drop of an updated "Wildest Dreams" and other possible Easter eggs.

In the meantime, Swift has been celebrating her new album with lots of guest appearances. Last night, she appeared on both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers. She played "Box of Lies" with Jimmy Fallon before discussing her love for dropping clues in her work. With Seth Meyers, she talked about her upcoming Saturday Night Live performance and her text message exchanges with Phoebe Bridgers ahead of their collaboration on the song “Nothing New.”

Speaking of SNL, Swift will be the musical guest on the live comedy show tomorrow, November 13. (It's Taylor: of course there's a 13!) She's appearing alongside host Jonathan Majors.

As for other cool Swift news related to Red, the songstress will be releasing a YouTube short film for "All Too Well" at 7 pm ET tonight. It stars Sadie Sink (Stranger Things, Fear Street Part Two: 1978) and Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf, The Maze Runner). Additionally, Swift has partnered with Starbucks to allow fans to easily order her favorite drink: a Grande Caramel Nonfat Latte. Just ask for "Taylor's Latte" or "Taylor's Version," and you can receive the beverage in-store or at the drive-thru.

Buy and stream Red (Taylor's Version) here.

See the official lyric video of "All Too Well (Taylor's Version)" below.

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Article Image: Taylor Swift, decked out in a red outfit with a red sequined microphone, performs during her Red Tour, in March 2013. (jazills [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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