Review: “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”

Pop star Taylor Swift’s latest is a return to her 2008 break-out album, which she has re-recorded to reclaim her rights to the songs


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Swift breathes new life into her 2008 album with “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” which features her earliest hits re-recorded and re-imagined more then ten years later.

Elle Smith, Staff Writer

Ask any teenage girl about their current childhood music taste, and 9 out of 10 of them will inevitably mention Taylor Swift at least once. A good majority of said teenage girls probably spent their pre-teen years singing karaoke to “Our Song” or “Love Story” and daydreaming about their future Romeo or handsome prince like the ones in these songs. 

However, on a less dreamy note, poor Swift does not own the rights to these recordings. In an emotional attempt to save her long lost music, Swift is striking back with a brand new album of her old songs, all  re-recorded, titled “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).” The album includes every song from the 2008 album “Fearless” as well as a collection “from the vault” — songs which never made the 2008 album.

The single “Love Story” kicks things into gear with an old favorite. Swift almost seems to lose herself in the chorus as if she’s been singing this song to herself over and over again throughout her life. The song is energetic, and moving, and somehow the lyrics hit even harder as an adult. It is youthful, but most of all it is nostalgic, in true taylor swift country-pop style. 

However, in the brand new single titled “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” Swift gets even deeper into her roots. The song is about a breakup she endured at some point in her past, though it’s rumored to have been written about Joe Jonas. It couldn’t be more nostalgic, even though it never made the cut for the 2008 album. The song is fast-paced with a good beat. In classic breakup song style, it is a perfect carpool karaoke song. 

“You All Over Me” is the last of the singles which have been released thus far. This new song slows things down a bit, with mellow tones more similar to taylor’s new 2021 album, “evermore,” but definitely sets the tone of what’s to come with the rest of the album. 

Hopes are high for Swift’s coming album, as her newly released singles are very impressive, and true to her style.