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‘Taylor’s Version’ Is the Version for the Moment

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Welcome. Did you see Taylor Swift carry out “All Too Well” on “Saturday Night Live” final weekend? Even for those who don’t depend your self a “Swiftie,” it’s price 10 minutes of your time.

On Friday, Swift launched “Red (Taylor’s Version),” a rerecording of her 2012 album, “Red,” on which “All Too Well,” an indictment of a relationship in its aftermath (pattern lyric: “After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own/Now you mail back my things and I walk home alone”), initially appeared.

“The five-and-a-half-minute cut of ‘All Too Well’ that appeared on ‘Red’ was an achievement of taut, streamlined storytelling and vividly spot-lit details,” writes Lindsay Zoladz. “The new version knows no such restraint. It is gloriously unruly and viciously seething. With its release, the millennial ‘You’re So Vain’ has suddenly become the millennial ‘Idiot Wind.’”

“All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” is a weepie — a belt-the-lyrics, crying-while-driving tune. It’s a music for the heartbroken, for the fed-up, for the older and wiser who’ve seen some issues they’re not going to neglect any time quickly. I received’t go as far as to say it’s an anthem for the second — a pop music a few breakup, even an excellent one, doesn’t start to embody the occasions of the previous two years — nevertheless it’s a music for letting all of it out, a music of catharsis. As Jason Farago wrote in The Times in January, about the launch that artwork can present, “Not since 1945 has the United States required catharsis like it does in 2021.” Have a hear.


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Do you’ve got a catharsis music? Is there a music that’s offering you a pressure-release valve lately, that’s providing reduction from robust feelings? Tell us about it: athome@nytimes.com. Be certain to incorporate your full identify and site and we’d characteristic your response in a future publication. We’re At Home and Away. We’ll learn each letter despatched. And after all you’ll discover extra concepts for passing the time beneath. I’ll see you on Friday.