Taylor Swift rerecords the album that made her famous

Aeowynn Ayres, Assistant Entertainment Editor

On April 9, Taylor Swift released her rerecorded version of her 2008 album ‘Fearless.’

I grew up listening to Fearless and the rest of Taylor Swift’s early albums, so I was ecstatic when she announced she was releasing new recordings of her music.
I listened to Fearless (Taylor’s version) as soon as it was released, and I loved it. It has been about 13 years since the original recording of Fearless, and you can hear the increase in maturity in Taylor’s voice compared to the 2008 recording.
Listening to Taylor’s version brought back lots of nostalgia, even with minor changes in the songs. The album holds her classic country vibes while also having more pop vibes.
I also enjoyed hearing the songs from the vault; I think they really compliment the songs on the original album.
My favorite songs on the album are “The Best Day and Forever & Always.” Although it’s a breakup song, “Forever & Always” is a good song to jam out to; it’s really upbeat. The song “The Best Day” is a song I think most girls can relate to. My favorite song from the vault is “Mr. Perfectly Fine.” It’s upbeat, and the lyrics are so catchy.
In 2005, Swift signed with the record label Big Machine Records.
When she switched labels in 2018, her previous manager Scooter Braun refused to give Swift ownership of her first six albums. According to TIME, Braun sold the records to a different company, known as Shamrock Holdings, for around $300 million.
Scooter Braun will receive money anytime anyone streams a song on Swift’s first six albums. This is what caused Swift’s inclination to re-record.
In an Instagram post in early February of 2021, Swift said, “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 that body of work.”
She continues on to give reasons why she was releasing some songs “from the vault” or unreleased songs. Some of these reasons included too many breakup songs and too many down-tempo songs.
She added, “Those reasons seem unnecessary now. I’ve decided I want you to have the whole story, see the entire vivid picture, and let you into the entire dreamscape that is my Fearless album.”
You can stream Fearless (Taylor’s Version) on YouTube Music, Spotify, and Apple Music.