It’s a big day for Swifties everywhere as Taylor just dropped “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” a newly-recorded version of her second studio album.
The new release gives fans 27 tracks: All the songs from the original and platinum edition, six previously unreleased tracks from the vault and a bonus song.
“Taylor’s Version”, as Swift is calling it, is a make-good on her promise to rerecord her music from before her “Lover” album. In late summer 2019, shortly after Scooter Braun’s purchase of her masters ignited a public battle between the two and renewed debate over music ownership, Swift announced her plan to rerecord her first six studio albums in an effort to own her work, saying “I just think that artists deserve to own their work, I just feel very passionately about that” on “Good Morning America.” She started doing so in late 2020 and “Fearless” is the first of her versions to be released.
One track that stands out to fans is “Change” which Taylor wrote it about her experience working with Scott Borchetta under Big Machine Records shortly after winning the Horizon Award at the 2007 CMAs. The message hidden in the album bookletlyrics for “Change” read, “You made things change for me.” Fast forward to 2021 after that relationship fell apart and Taylor is reclaiming those lyrics to mean something else.
In the song, Taylor sings about facing hardships that no one believed she could ever make it through — at first, releasing under “the smallest label in Nashville,” and now the dispute over her masters with that very same label. The song ends with Taylor winning her battles and emerging victorious over her adversaries. Just as she has with the release of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).” It is also not a coincidence that Swift used these lyrics in her socials when announcing the release of her album.
The new album shows a contrast not only in feel but also in the maturity of her voice which is noticeable in tracks like “White Horse” and “Fearless.” The from the vault set of tracks include four brand new singles including “Don’t You,” “Bye Bye Baby.” “That’s When” and “We Were Happy” showcase an appearance by Keith Urban give a nice homage to Swift’s time being the opening act on Urban’s 2009 Escape Together tour.
Overall “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” feels like a welcome return to her country roots and a walk down memory lane with each old song made to feel new as lyrics take on new meaning for her fans who have grown up right alongside her through the good and the bad moments.