Monday, November 22, 2021

Music: All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version) (From the Vault)

"Red (Taylor's Version)" is the second outing in Taylor Swift's bid to re-record her first six records, and it's a sprawling, made-for-the-streaming-era two-hour-plus odyssey into the fragmented mind of a young woman. 

The climax of the album is an expanded version of "All Too Well," Taylor's lament for her short-lived relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal.  The long-rumored, much-anticipated track has a truly bonkers, borderline-incomprehensible title ("All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version) (From the Vault)") and all the songcraft Swift can pack in its 10:13 runtime:

All in all, I prefer the more concise original, but the expanded version has plenty of interesting melodic turns and lyrics, all in service of burning the ever-living hell out of Mr. Gyllenhaal: 

They say all's well that ends well, but I'm in a new hell

Every time you double-cross my mind

You said if we had been closer in age, maybe it would've been fine

And that made me want to die

Is that a little petty and obsessive? Maybe - but it's obvious that Swift is playing with the audience, and she (and us) are having a lot of fun toying with the memories.


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