Part of the fun is watching Swift find her pony-footing on Great Songwriter Mountain. She often succeeds in joining the Joni/Carole King tradition of stark-relief emotional mapping: “Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the free fall,” she sings on the simile-monsoon title track, where banjos and vocoders make out like third cousins. Her self-discovery project is one of the best stories in pop. When she’s really on, her songs are like tattoos.
Taylor Swift released her fourth studio album RED five years ago on Oct. 22, 2012