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  • 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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Apr 9, 2021
    100
    She 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.
  2. Apr 9, 2021
    92
    The 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.
  3. 80
    This 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.
  4. Apr 9, 2021
    80
    It 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.
  5. 80
    Being 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.
  6. Apr 12, 2021
    80
    She 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.
  7. 60
    The 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.

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  1. Apr 9, 2021
    10
    So magical!! It's like I am in my fifteen again and my heart is breaking for a guy. I live you Taylor
  2. Apr 9, 2021
    10
    taylor never fails to amaze me! i’m so happy to be here, supporting her after all those years since i first heard fearless, and to see thistaylor never fails to amaze me! i’m so happy to be here, supporting her after all those years since i first heard fearless, and to see this new phase of her career start - in such a beautiful way. Expand
  3. Apr 9, 2021
    10
    Amazing album. I'm in love with her voice. Good job, Taylor! I'm even more hyped for next projects.
  4. Apr 9, 2021
    10
    El mejor álbum que puede existir, la vida nos vuelve a enseñar que la señorita Swift, es y siempre será la industria de la música, por queEl mejor álbum que puede existir, la vida nos vuelve a enseñar que la señorita Swift, es y siempre será la industria de la música, por que ella puede con todo, estos años más que nunca son su año, felicidades llevas 1 de 6. Expand
  5. Apr 13, 2021
    10
    Poczinhas burras brasileiras com inglês de escola pública favor aprender o básico do inglês antes de julgar bjos
  6. Apr 9, 2021
    10
    Better than the first fearless album deserves 90 and more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Apr 9, 2021
    0
    No me gustó. Prefiero escuchar la versión anterior que siento maneja la esencia que me gusta de ella.

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