By Maggie Peknic
Breaking news! Taylor Swift has successfully invented a time travel machine! The machine, titled Fearless (Taylor’s Version), transports Swifties back to 2008. On April 9th, I pressed play on this album and was transported back to my seven-year-old self. Success! The album transcends time, blending the old with the new and crafting an essence of nostalgia mixed with exciting new songs.
Listening to Taylor’s breakout songs, “Love Story,” “Fifteen,” “Fearless” and “White Horse,” in 2021 was like revisiting an old friend. I couldn’t stop thinking of how I would constantly rewatch the “You Belong With Me” music video; while my cousins and I sang the lyrics at the top of our lungs. We have grown up with this music, and Taylor grew up with us. Long-time fans can clearly hear Taylor’s growth in this album – how her voice matured and lost that country twang so present in her early albums. It’s also inspiring to see Taylor now take control of her music. After all, this is Taylor’s Version. Not Scooter Bruan’s music. Not Scott Borchetta’s music. But Taylor’s music.
Now that Taylor has full creative control over her music, she was able to release songs from The Vault: “We Were Happy,” “That’s When,” “Don’t You” and “Bye Bye Bye.” My personal favorite is “Mr. Perfectly Fine.” As if Taylor couldn’t showcase her lyrical genius anymore after coming out with Folklore and Evermore, she does it again! In the wise words of Michelle Obama, “I’d say I’m surprised, but I know who you are.”
Overall, I give this re-release 5/5 Red Hearts. What other album has people posting on their private stories for boys to break their hearts? Only an artist with lyrical ingenuity and a loyal fanbase could re-release an old album and have songs on it reach the top of the charts. Taylor Swift is that artist. Even if you don’t like her, you have to respect the fact that she’s reclaiming her music. Taylor is here to stay, forever and always.