By Sammie Cohen
After releasing two albums in 2020, Folklore and Evermore, Taylor Swift released her newest album: Fearless (Taylor’s Version), on April 9th. The album contains 26 songs--20 from her original album Fearless in 2008 and six songs “from the vault” that were never released.
For those who don’t follow Swift in the public eye, her former manager, Scooter Braun, sold the masters for her music to Shamrock Holdings in 2019 for $300 million dollars. As a result, Swift does not receive money for her first six albums when they are streamed. However, since she will be re-recording all six albums, she will eventually have control over her music again and will receive her hard-earned money.
In October, Swift said, “It’s a shame to know that I will now be unable to help grow the future of these past works and it pains me very deeply to be separated from the music I spent over a decade creating… but this is a sacrifice I will have to make to keep Scooter Braun out of my life.”
Swift fans were eager to hear some of their favorite Swift classics for the first time--again. Some songs on the album include “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me,” and “You’re Not Sorry.” New titles like “Mr. Perfectly Fine” and “You All Over Me” have also become fan favorites. The songs on the album are a mix of genres, both pop and country-pop.
The re-recorded songs even sound better than the first time Swift recorded them. Swift’s voice is not the same as it used to be, and her maturity resonates in her vocals. Her voice may be lower; however, fans still recognize her original country flare.
Swift’s hope for fans who listen to Fearless is that they will remember “Taylor’s Version.”