Look who’s all grown up – though the term "coming of age" doesn’t fit Taylor Swift.
Her jangly stadium pop hooks have been well polished for years, but now she’s old enough to cover more mature themes.
Red reflects on "crazy" relationships (after she dipped her toe into those waters with her previous album, Speak Now), and she’s painting with a more varied musical palette in numbers like We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and the cutesy Stay Stay Stay (though she struggles with dubstep in I Knew You Were Trouble).
She’s starting to feel "old" as a young adult in 22, and there are fluffy duets with Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody.
It’s a bit hard to sympathise with a pop star bouncing from one short-lived hook-up to another ("Now my name is up in lights/But I think you got it right" she whimpers to an old flame in The Lucky One), but Swift wins you over.
Best tracks: All Too Well, Sad Beautiful Tragic
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