(Taylor’s Version)

Taylor Swift Re-Records Her Album “Fearless”

   On April 9th, 2021 Taylor Swift released “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” becoming her third #1 album in under a year along with “Folklore” and “Evermore.”

   “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” is a re-recorded version of the 2008 album “Fearless,” which she re-recorded in order to own the masters to her album. Re-recording is necessary because, after switching record labels, her prior record label sold the masters to her older albums, like “Fearless,” without her knowledge. 

   Fearless is not the only album Swift plans on re-recording. Per her contracts with her prior record label, Taylor Swift is legally allowed to re-record her first six albums from her self-titled debut album “Taylor Swift” to her comeback album “Reputation” allowing her to own the masters to those albums as well. 

   Swift starts the process of re-recording with “Fearless,” an album that transformed her from a rising country star, to a major country star. “Fearless” definitely impressed her fans, but also went on to win Best Country Album and Album of the Year at the 2010 Grammy Awards, cementing her place in country history. 

   “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”  includes it’s original nineteen tracks alongside five “From the Vault” songs that were written for the original 2008 album, but didn’t make it onto the original album. Ahead of the release of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” Swift released two singles, Love Story (Taylor’s Version) and You All Over Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault). 

   In comparing “Fearless” and “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” the only difference comes in an overarching sense of maturity seen in both the production and Swift’s voice in all twenty-six tracks. 

   In terms of the “From the Vault” songs included in the album, they perfectly fit into the original album’s ability to tell a story. They, along with original tracks, capture the feelings that coincide with falling in love, out of love, and everything in between. 

   The album and its corresponding singles currently sit at the top of both the pop and country charts.  

   The re-recording of “Fearless” is extremely nostalgic for both Swift and her fans.  Swift re-recorded in the same studio she originally recorded the 2008 version of the album, which has to be a truly nostalgic experience. 

   For her fans, this album holds a lot of her all time favorite songs. Some of my personal favorites include The Way I Loved You (Taylor’s Version) and Mr. Perfectly Fine (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault). 

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