Fearless (Taylor's Version)

Taylor Swift - Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2021 Ratings: #166 / 753
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2021 Rank: #232
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

The songs maintain the lovelorn essence of 2008 while syncing up tonally in a striking way with her two 2020 releases, folklore and evermore. It essentially makes Fearless (Taylor’s Version) the perfect retrospective follow-up for Swift.

100
The Telegraph

After a protracted fight, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) restores the singer’s ownership of her second album, both musically and legally.

83
Consequence of Sound
This is probably just the latest interesting thing she’s done in music and business, but it’s worth our consideration since it’s been undertaken with such care and could pave the way for other artists.
80
NME

‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ both celebrates and stays true to Swift’s ‘Fearless’-era.

80
The Line of Best Fit

An invitation to witness one of the greatest artists of all time breathing new life into a vital piece of her early work, and reintroducing it to a new generation of fans for the very first time.

80
Exclaim!
Being able to hear the empowerment in Swift's voice and shift the meaning of these lyrics is a true testament to her power as a musician.
80
Rolling Stone

Her thirty-something voice is richer, deeper and more sure of itself. She embodies her earlier country affectations, but only to a point.

80
Clash

With her voice sounding far stronger than the original as it’s aged into her own unique blend of country, pop and indie, there’s something beautiful and important about hearing these songs sung again that really goes above opinions on the album.

80
The Guardian
After her masters were sold to an old foe, Swift’s re-recording project starts with her 2008 opus on the teen-girl experience – an apposite contrast to venal male industry executives.
80
The Independent
Swift’s re-recorded versions of her 2008 album is a timely reminder of some of the best pop songs committed to record.
80
The Observer

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is both an art project executed serendipitously and a strategic move the industry will be poring over for some time.

80
Gigwise

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is both a power move and a poetic force.

75
Pitchfork
These versions are slightly more polished, like photos touched up on Instagram with a press of a button: the sound is brighter, the mix is clearer, each peal of guitar is sharper.
70
The Sydney Morning Herald
As Swift sings on Fifteen, “wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now.” By looking back, she’s looking forward.
60
AllMusic

Fearless (Taylor's Version) serves the purpose of offering new versions that could be substituted for the originals for licensing purposes. It's to Swift's credit that the album is an absorbing (if long) listen anyway.

60
Slant Magazine

Fearless remains encumbered by two significant liabilities: The technical aspects of Swift’s singing and an insular point of view that attempted to cast the then 18-year-old as the protagonist of not only her own life, but of everyone else’s. The now 31-year-old’s re-recording of the album resolves just one of those two issues.

TomBejoy
60

death grips influence is cute

marvelgaryen
100

I'm not biased....I SWEAR I'm not biased.

Before I start talking about the actual re-recording, I need to express once again my eternal love for Taylor Swift and her masterful music. I have been a swiftie since 2012, and back then I was a completely different person from who I am right now. I pretty much grew up listening to her songs, so to be hearing this album all over again with a Taylor that grew up just as much as me, is so fucking emotional. Lately I have been so sad about growing up ... read more

heyitsmedan
90

It is indeed a veritable collection that pays homage to its original tracks with a tinge of vocal maturity after more than a decade. Those looking for a reexperience of the late 2000s to early 2010s will be surely delighted with the additional of the From The Vault tracks with its more polished production that is still thematically consistent with her trademarked Fearless sound. For those who listened to her casually back then, it is a delight to see the subtleties in the reimagined production ... read more

isamustdie
73

god, that was such a boring album.
there are certainly great songs on Fearless, such as Forever And Always and the own title track. But it has way too many fillers, this album did not need to be almost two hours long. most songs are very slow, repetitive and boring, but some are truly masterpieces, did not deserve an AOTY, surely, but i'm glad she won and wrote the masterpoece that Speak Now is.

Fav tracks: Fearless, Fifteen, Love Story, White Horse, You Belong With Me, You're Not Sorry, The ... read more

acrosonic
60

It's cute!! It's definitely nothing revolutionary, but this album is just a silly little teen pop album and I'm ok with that. My only gripe is that, as easy as a listen as it is, it's pretty boring and doesn't try to do much interesting.
Subjective: 3.5/5
Objective: 2.5/5

90

A timeless album that has done amazing things for Taylor's career. While she did not take off with this album, there are a lot of hits on this album like "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me". Personally, this album has no skips and I can listen to it despite my mood. There is something for every emotion on this album. However, the re recorded version lacks the emotion that the original had. She seems bored.

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Added on: February 11, 2021