Taylor Swift (Deluxe Edition)

Taylor Swift (Deluxe Edition)

by Taylor Swift
     
 

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All of 16 when she recorded this debut album, country-pop singer Taylor Swift's considerably strong voice straddles that precarious edge that both suggests experience far beyond her years and simultaneously leaves no doubt that she's still got a lot of life to live. It's a fresh, still girlish voice, full of hope and naïveté, but it's also a confident and mature one.

Overview

All of 16 when she recorded this debut album, country-pop singer Taylor Swift's considerably strong voice straddles that precarious edge that both suggests experience far beyond her years and simultaneously leaves no doubt that she's still got a lot of life to live. It's a fresh, still girlish voice, full of hope and naïveté, but it's also a confident and mature one. That Swift is a talent to be reckoned with is never in doubt: her delivery on tracks like the uptempo "The Outside," the spare acoustic ballad "Mary's Song (Oh My My My)," and especially the leadoff track, "Tim McGraw," which was the first single from the album, is that of a seasoned pro, despite Swift's newcomer status. "Tim McGraw" may also be the album's highlight -- not a teenager's tribute to the country superstar, it instead uses McGraw as a marker in a lover's time line: "When you think Tim McGraw/I hope you think my favorite song." It's a device that's been used countless times in as many ways, that of associating a failed affair with items, places, and people, yet it works as a hook here and manages to come off as an original idea. Swift wrote or co-wrote every song on the record, a fairly remarkable feat considering the sophisticated manner in which she treats matters near and dear to the heart of one her age ("Now that I'm sitting here thinking it through/I've never been anywhere cold as you"). Producer/mentor Nathan Chapman has applied to some of Swift's songs a gloss that not all of them really require and in some cases would do better to shed. But Swift has no trouble overcoming any blandness taking place around her. She's come up with a commendable starter album that's as accomplished as any by a ten-year veteran who's seen a lot more road and felt a lot more emotion. Swift's young age may be a major point of interest in bringing listeners in, but by the end of the record she's succeeded in keeping them. [Big MacHine released a CD/DVD edition in 2007.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2007
Label:
Big Machine Records
UPC:
0843930000227
catalogNumber:
22702

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Tim McGraw
  2. Picture to Burn
  3. Teardrops on My Guitar
  4. A Place in This World
  5. Cold as You
  6. The Outside
  7. Tied Together with a Smile
  8. Stay Beautiful
  9. Should've Said No
  10. Mary's Song (Oh My My My)
  11. Our Song
  12. I'm Only Me When I'm with You
  13. Invisible
  14. A Perfectly Good Heart
  15. Taylor's 1st Phone Call with Tim McGraw

Disc 2

  1. Tim McGraw
  2. Tim McGraw
  3. Tim McGraw
  4. Teardrops on My Guitar
  5. "Teardrops on My Guitar" Video Behind the Scenes
  6. Our Song
  7. "Our Song" Video Behind the Scenes
  8. Gac Short Cut Series: A Place in This World
  9. Picture to Burn
  10. Taylor's Home Movie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taylor Swift   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Harmony
Robert Ellis Orrall   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Bruce Bouton   Dobro
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Gary Burnette   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Dennis Holt   Drums
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Wanda Vick   Fiddle,Mandolin
Jonathan Yudkin   Mandolin
Curt Ryle   Acoustic Guitar
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Anthony Harrell   Piano,Keyboards
Scotty Sanders   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Lex Price   Mandolin
Tommy Harden   Drums
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin
Tim Marks   Bass,Electric Bass
Steve Bryant   Bass
Tammy King   Fiddle
Jeff Hyde   Banjo

Technical Credits

Robert Ellis Orrall   Composer,Producer
Chris Rowe   Remixing
Brett James   Composer
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer
Lee Ann Ramey   Graphic Design
A.J. Derrick   Engineer
Allen Ditto   Engineer
Todd Cassetty   Director,Art Direction,Authoring
Troy Verges   Composer
Chad Carlson   Engineer
Trey Fanjoy   Director
Taylor Swift   Composer,Video Editor
Liz Rose   Composer

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