Fearless

Fearless

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by Taylor Swift
     
 

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Taylor Swift abandons any pretense that she's a teen on her second album, Fearless -- which isn't to say that she suddenly tarts herself up, running away from her youth in a manner that's all too familiar to many teen stars. Swift's maturation is deliberate and careful, styled after the crossover country-pop of Shania Twain and See more details below

Overview

Taylor Swift abandons any pretense that she's a teen on her second album, Fearless -- which isn't to say that she suddenly tarts herself up, running away from her youth in a manner that's all too familiar to many teen stars. Swift's maturation is deliberate and careful, styled after the crossover country-pop of Shania Twain and Faith Hill before they turned into divas. Despite the success of her self-titled 2006 debut, there's nothing at all diva-like about Swift on 2008's Fearless: she's soft-spoken and considerate, a big sister instead of a big star. Nowhere is this truer than on "Fifteen," a kind warning for a teen to watch her heart sung from the perspective of a woman who's perhaps twice that age -- a sly trick for the 18-year-old Swift. There may be a hint of youthfulness to her singing but that's the only hint of girlishness here; her writing -- and she had a hand in penning all 13 tracks here, with six of them bearing her solitary credit -- is sharply, subtly crafted and the music is softly assured, never pushing its hooks too hard and settling into a warm bed of guitars and keyboards. Like many country-pop albums of the 2000s, the pop heavily outweighs the country -- there aren't fiddles here, there are violins -- yet Fearless never feels garish, a crass attempt at a crossover success. It's small-scale and sweetly tuneful, always seeming humble even when the power ballads build to a big close. Swift's gentle touch is as enduring as her songcraft, and this musical maturity may not quite jibe with her age but it does help make Fearless one of the best mainstream pop albums of 2008.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Leah Greenblatt
Her supple, lightly twangy vocals fit the album's lilting melodies (most of the slick, radio-friendly instrumentation here is purely functional), and her sentiments, though sometimes naive, are refreshingly age-appropriate. [B]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
Label:
Big Machine Records
UPC:
0843930001378
catalogNumber:
200
Rank:
14721

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taylor Swift   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Eric Darken   Percussion,Vibes
Nicholas Brown   Finger Snapping
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Tony Harrell   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Tim Lauer   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Ilya Toshinsky   Banjo
Alan Wilson   Percussion
Caitlin Evanson   Vocal Harmony
Tim Marks   Bass,Bass Guitar
Amos Heller   Bass,Bass Guitar
Claire Indie   Cello
John Keefe   Drums
Nathan Chapman   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocal Harmony
Colbie Caillat   Background Vocals,Finger Snapping
Andrew Bowers   Finger Snapping
Burrus Cox   Finger Snapping
Lauren Elcan   Finger Snapping
Delaney McBride   Finger Snapping
Emma McBride   Finger Snapping
Grant Mickelson   Electric Guitar
Nathan Yudkin   Strings
Carolyn Cooper   Finger Snapping
Nick Buda   Drums

Technical Credits

Jonathan Yudkin   Arranger
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Todd Cassetty   Enhanced Recording
Scott Borchetta   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Mark Petaccia   Engineer
John Rich   Composer
Chad Carlson   Engineer
Trey Fanjoy   Video Director
Taylor Swift   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Booklet Design
Kyle Ford   Engineer
Nathan Chapman   Producer,Audio Production
Colbie Caillat   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Kyle Ginther   Engineer
Matt Legge   Engineer
Justin McIntosh   Cover Design
Nathan Yudkin   Composer,String Arrangements
Hank Williams   Mastering

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