October 22, 2012 10:13am PT by Jennifer Exley
Taylor Swift Exits Her Comfort Zone, But Still Sings About Love
Taylor Swift’s much anticipated fourth album, Red, launched on iTunes last night at midnight. It is the first album Swift didn’t write alon -- she collaborated with producers like Max Martin and songwriters such as Dan Wilson and Ed Sheeran -- and that wasn't the only thing that changed.
“I wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone. My comfort zone is writing alone,” Swift told The Daily Beast. “What I wanted was an album that explored the edges and broke new ground. One of my big fears is people saying my songs are all starting to sound the same.”
Four songs from the album, including the title track, were released several weeks prior in order to generate hype. All of the songs have a decidedly different feel from hip-hop to guitar heavy anthems to dubstep.
Despite the different musical undertones, all of Swift’s songs have one common theme: relationships. Red covers all grounds of relationships from devastating break-ups to fresh new romances. Swift, who has a notorious reputation for writing songs about her own relationships, reveals that she draws on not only her own experiences but her friends’ to write songs.
“Sometimes, I write about my own life. And sometimes, I write about situations I see my friends going through. Sometimes, I write about a scene I saw in a movie. I take inspiration from all different places. It’s hard to say what different topics inspire me the most. I think people inspire me the most. If I meet a person who is incredibly complex and all of a sudden, I start thinking in rhymes, that person could be a muse.”
Swift has been keeping surprisingly quiet in regards to who her recent songs are about. With every new song released, the country singer’s fans start to speculate about which of her past romances she may be singing (Connor Kennedy, perhaps?). Swift, however, isn’t about to spill just yet.
“For me, music is my way of understanding what I’m feeling,” Swift told Good Morning America on Monday. “I don’t really talk about my love life. I kind of sing about it a lot because I really think that it sounds more poetic and romantic about it with music behind it.”