I grew up listening to country music that made falling in love with Taylor Swift’s music an easy process for me. Ever since she burst into the music scene in 2006, her emotionally charged songs from the likes of “Today Was A Fairytale”, “You Belong With Me” to the John Mayer-inspired “Dear John” have over the years made a case for Taylor being named among the greatest artistes in recent years. Her fourth studio album Red came at a time when the now 29-year old singer was coming down from an apex of rollercoaster of emotions, which is where the Red name came from. She made mention of the fact that the album’s title was inspired by the "semi-toxic relationships" she had experienced during the process of conceiving this album, with Swift describing the emotions she felt as "red emotions" due to their intense and tumultuous nature. The album was released on the 22nd of October 2012 under Big Machine Records and features Gary Lightbody of the Snow Patrol band as well as British superstar singer Ed Sheeran. Red majorly hovers around Swift's signature themes of love and heartbreak, however, from a more mature perspective while exploring other themes, such as fame and the pressure of being in the limelight. It also will go on to signal Swift’s last involvement in the country music genre that made her the much-loved music artiste from small town Nashville that she is as she gradually embraced the more popular pop genre that heavily influenced production of albums that came after Red. The album turned out to be a huge success, debuting on the Number 1 spot on the US Billboard 200 chart. Its first week sales of 1.21 million copies also turned out to be the third biggest debut for a female artist in the United States history and it became the fastest-selling album in over a decade in the United States. Its worldwide success earned it two Grammy nominations for Best Country Album as well as Album of the year. Red deserves all of the recognition as it happens to probably be Taylor’s last really good album in which she rendered tunes that came all the way from her heart. Red, in many respects, feels like the last pure Taylor Swift album we’ll ever get. It’s not just the last one before her career became consumed by the narratives that grow from it, but also the last one before she completely engineered her music for world domination. The fact that the album’s contents drew inspiration from Taylor’s real-life experiences with dysfunctional relationships she’d endured leading up to the release of the project laced it with as much originality as can be possibly craved by die-hard Taylor Swift fans such as myself. While Red is an all-round great album, its success was well propelled by singles with heavy pop influence with lead single “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” going on to become fan favorites.