Taylor Swift‘s Red promo singles have done a good job of showing us many different sides of Tay Tay’s upcoming album. There was the Avril-esque bubblegum of the lead single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, the wistful balladry of “Begin Again”, the country-tinged pop-rock of “Red”, and that desperate but-still-catchy dubstep track “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Now Taylor’s serving up her first big radio-ready rock anthem with Red’s final promo single “State of Grace” — which really isn’t too far off something you might hear from the likes of U2 or Snow Patrol.
”It’s a really big sound,” Taylor said when describing the song on Good Morning America. “To me, this sounds like the feeling of falling in love in an epic way.”
“Big” and “epic” are certainly two words to describe it. The sweeping cut is drenched in reverby guitars and Florence + the Machine style drums, with Swift’s surprisingly robust voice cutting through the chaos and echoing off the walls.
“And I never saw you coming,” she wails. “And I’ll never be the same.”
It should be noted that “State of Grace”, along with “Begin Again” and “Red” were all solely penned by Swift, and are not Max Martin collaborations like the album’s other singles. The three cuts are easily the most mature tunes from Red so far, not to mention the best, making it clear that the songstress really soars when she goes it alone and doesn’t compromise her sound to fit into current pop trends.
Take a listen to “State of Grace” below.’