Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

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Madeline Kraemer, Editor-in-Chief

Taylor Swift has been an incredibly influential artist of the 21st century, she’s an undeniably talented singer and songwriter. Swift has won many awards during her career such as the Billboard top artist award, MTV music video awards, Kid, Teen, and People’s choice awards, and several Grammy’s. “Swifties” across the world celebrated yesterday when she announced she would be rerecording her first six albums and releasing some of the songs that didn’t make the cut the first time. When she originally recorded these albums, she was under different management, and unfortunately doesn’t own the rights to any album before “Lover”. In her Instagram post she stated “artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one who really *knows* the body of work”. It’s clear that Swift feels really strongly about rerecording these new songs with her own voice.

Fearless (Taylor’s version) will be released on April 9th with 26 songs (7 more than the original album). One of the title songs, “Love Story” was released last night and already shows her growth as a singer and tells a different story. The first version of the song from 2009 is very passionate and hopeful, it’s the story of Romeo and Juliet from the eyes of a young Taylor Swift. The rerecorded “Taylor’s version” of the song feels almost like a flashback, there’s something softer and more somber about it. Personally, I can’t wait to see where she takes this album, I’ve been a fan since the first album in 2009 and it feels right that I’m getting to hear my childhood songs again in a new way as a senior in high school.

If you need me, I’ll be in my bedroom blasting “Jump Then Fall” at full volume and using my hairbrush as a microphone.