Taylor Swift‘s Red album has leaked ahead of schedule (regrettably, for Swift and her team), but the good news is that the songs that have begun to circulate suggest, even more than the promotional singles Swift previewed on Good Morning America, that Red might just be the best album of her career. Consider the album track “22,” reportedly produced — like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together“ and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” — by Max Martin and Shellback, which has “single” written all over it, and in a big way. Hear it below.
“22″ is a thunderous pop track kicking off with a twangy acoustic guitar riff before a propulsive beat that evokes Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” drops to make way for verses that are cute and likably bratty. “It feels like a perfect night to dress up like hipsters / And make fun of our exes,” Swift sings. “Yeah, we’re happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time / It’s miserable and magical.” When the chorus explodes in a burst of synthesizers and gang vocals — “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22 / Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you” — the song crystallizes as the perfect ode to Thought Catalog twentysomething angst.
Listen to “22″ here.