- Summary: The first of a planned re-recording of the singer-songwriter's six albums released on the Big Machine Label features six tracks not on the 2008 album and a track for the 2010 film, Valentine's Day.
- Record Label: Republic
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock
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Apr 9, 2021She has launched the re-recorded Fearless (Taylor’s Version), adding a mellifluous upgrade to an already remarkable album. Sure, it works as a throwback, but it’s mainly a showcase of Swift’s mature, confident vocals, with a sharper sense of musicianship and instrumentation this time around.
Apr 9, 2021The new album just sounds like a terrific remastering of the old — the same notes, and you’d swear the same performances, but sounding brighter and punchier just on a surface level. But on a more philosophical one, it’s not just a case of Swift playing with her back catalog like Andy Warhol played with his soup can. It’s really a triumph of self-knowledge and self-awareness.
Apr 9, 2021This is the perfect moment for Fearless (Taylor’s Version): there’s no time like a pandemic to be given a dose of nostalgia, and it’s nice to have a refresher of some of the best pop songs committed to record. Even the six “from the vault” tracks that didn’t make the cut first time round feel oddly comforting.
Apr 9, 2021It is tempting to suggest that the lyrics on Fearless might take on a different hue sung by a woman now in her 30s, but the new recordings militate against it. Backed by her touring band, her voice sounding essentially the same as it did in 2008, Swift has resisted any temptation to alter the songs’ pop-country arrangements or lyrics, even when the latter could have used a nip and tuck.
Apr 9, 2021Being given the chance to reappraise the original tracklist is a joy, too. As part of this new release, it’s a tremendous pleasure to re-hear the artistry in “White Horse”, the restraint and delicate pull of “Change”, and the heartbursting strength of power ballad “You’re Not Sorry”. ... The only downside to this new edition is that it will be virtually identical to the original to casual listeners.
Apr 12, 2021She parcels out her tones more cannily now, an anachronism that is no criticism. But spending time with all this juvenilia only points up the quality of Swift’s songwriting. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is both an art project executed serendipitously and a strategic move the industry will be poring over for some time.
Apr 9, 2021The most significant change is in Swift’s singing voice, a once-brittle instrument that of course has gotten deeper, huskier and more flexible since the late ’00s. But she only really takes advantage of that shift a couple of times. ... As for the lightweight bonus material, which she cut in the studio with her “Folklore” and “Evermore” collaborators Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, none of it argues that it deserved a place on “Fearless,” though “Mr. Perfectly Fine” comes close.
Apr 9, 2021This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's not surprising when Taylor release an album and top all charts. She is very smart and this is one of million evidences. This album brings us all to the feeling and vibes of 2008. This was so magical. This is one of her biggest decisions for me, because releasing the album itself again requires a lot of plans and she did a great job with this. No doubt why everyone loves her. Fearless(Taylor's Version) is one of the greatest albums of all time!… Expand
May 4, 2021Simply perfect, this re-recording means liberation and your own work. I never heard the original "fearless" album, because I met Taylor in theSimply perfect, this re-recording means liberation and your own work. I never heard the original "fearless" album, because I met Taylor in the "1989" era, and for me this album is totally new and listening to it is magnificent and causes joy, knowing that Taylor is finally starting to own her work.… Expand
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