[Opinion] Taylor Swift drops hints at next album



Lindsay Anderson, Reporter

As of Nov. 12, 2021, Taylor Swift’s newly released album, “Red (Taylor’s Version),” broke Spotify’s records for the most-streamed album in one day by a woman with 90.8 million streams. Needless to say, the “Red (Taylor’s Version)” album drop was a complete success.

“’Red’ is about to be mine again, but it has always been ours,” Swift said. “Now we begin again.”

In my opinion, Taylor Swift knows how to “never stop giving” like nobody’s business. Along with her album and merch drop, she also performed on Saturday Night Live (SNL) for the fifth time on Nov. 13 and gave us not one but two videos. One of these videos, which was greatly anticipated by invested fans such as myself, was the short film for her never-before-heard 10-minute version of “All Too Well,” one of the most popular songs off her original recording of “Red.”

“It was originally ten minutes long… and I think this version of the song is the version that was meant to be heard,” Swift said in her latest SNL interview.

The short film was… insane, to say the least. Before we talk about the actual short film, though, you need to know a few things. First off, the two actors, Sadie Sink (19) and Dylan O’Brien (30), represent a 19-year-old Swift and her relationship with then 30-year-old Jake Gyllenhaal. The song “All Too Well” is about their two-year whirlwind romance, and the 10-minute version gives us even more grueling details as to how the breakup affected Swift. The 11-year age gap that O’Brien and Sink have is symbolic of the 9-year age gap that Swift shared with Gyllenhaal, and according to the lyrics of “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version),” that gap was Gyllenhaal’s reason for the split.

Now, onto the video, for “I Bet You Think of Me (Taylor’s Version).” When I tell you that Swift pays insane attention to detail, I mean insane attention. That 6-minute music video has given Swifties reason to believe that either or both (never underestimate Taylor Swift) the albums “1989” or “Speak Now” will be the next to have “(Taylor’s Version)” added to their ends.

For those in favor of “1989” being re-recorded next, good news! The odds are definitely in your favor. For one, “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)” was a surprise drop for us back in September, nearly two months before the drop of “Red’s” re-recording, so it makes sense that she would release “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” next. The wedding cake featured in the video is our focal point here: not only are there seagulls (which are pictured on the sweatshirt Swift wears on the cover of “1989” (not Taylor’s Version)) iced on the bottom tier of the cake, but a red velvet cake (similar to the one in the “I Bet You’ll Think of Me” music video) is also featured in the original “Blank Space” music video.

However, for those in favor of “Speak Now” being released as a re-recording next, I stand with you, and no matter which of the two are released first, their releases seem to be coming soon. In the video, everything is white except for the cake and Swift, who is pictured in red outfits for the majority of the video. Red is the color of revenge, and what song does Swift sing that’s all about revenge? “Better Than Revenge” from “Speak Now.” And speaking of the song “Speak Now”, what is that song about? Swift crashing the wedding of the man she just KNOWS is marrying the wrong girl (Swift is the right girl, obviously!). The song “I Bet You’ll Think of Me” has a little bit of a country twang, and “Speak Now” is Swift’s last album that truly embraces the country genre.

Moral of the story: who knows what in the world Taylor Swift is doing? Not me! And you probably don’t either. I have a feeling that Swift is going to be challenging even the most knowledgeable and well-versed Swifties in the coming months.