Fearless [Bonus Tracks #1]

Fearless [Bonus Tracks #1]

by Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift


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Taylor Swift abandons any pretense that she's a teen on her second album, Fearless -- which isn't to say that she suddenly tarts herself up, running away from her youth in a manner that's all too familiar to many teen stars. Swift's maturation is deliberate and careful, styled after the crossover country-pop of Shania Twain and Faith Hill before they turned into divas. Despite the success of her self-titled 2006 debut, there's nothing at all diva-like about Swift on 2008's Fearless: she's soft-spoken and considerate, a big sister instead of a big star. Nowhere is this truer than on "Fifteen," a kind warning for a teen to watch her heart sung from the perspective of a woman who's perhaps twice that age -- a sly trick for the 18-year-old Swift. There may be a hint of youthfulness to her singing but that's the only hint of girlishness here; her writing -- and she had a hand in penning all 13 tracks here, with six of them bearing her solitary credit -- is sharply, subtly crafted and the music is softly assured, never pushing its hooks too hard and settling into a warm bed of guitars and keyboards. Like many country-pop albums of the 2000s, the pop heavily outweighs the country -- there aren't fiddles here, there are violins -- yet Fearless never feels garish, a crass attempt at a crossover success. It's small-scale and sweetly tuneful, always seeming humble even when the power ballads build to a big close. Swift's gentle touch is as enduring as her songcraft, and this musical maturity may not quite jibe with her age but it does help make Fearless one of the best mainstream pop albums of 2008. [The 2009 edition included bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/2011
Label: Universal Import
UPC: 0602517991194
catalogNumber: 7991194

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taylor Swift   Primary Artist,Vocal Harmony
Eric Darken   Percussion,Vibes
Nicholas Brown   Finger Snapping
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Tony Harrell   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Tim Lauer   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Julian Emery   Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Banjo
Caitlin Evanson   Vocal Harmony
Tim Marks   Bass
Tim VanDerKuil   Guitar
Amos Heller   Bass
Claire Indie   Cello
John Keefe   Drums
Colbie Caillat   Finger Snapping
Andrew Bowers   Finger Snapping
Burrus Cox   Finger Snapping
Lauren Elcan   Finger Snapping
Delaney McBride   Finger Snapping
Emma McBride   Finger Snapping
Grant Mickelson   Electric Guitar
Nathan Yudkin   Strings

Technical Credits

Chris Rowe   Remixing
Jeremy Wheatley   Programming,Engineer
Brio Taliaferro   Programming
Alexis Smith   Programming
Richard Adlam   Programming
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Todd Cassetty   Enhanced Recording
Scott Borchetta   Executive Producer
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Mark Petaccia   Engineer
Chad Carlson   Engineer
Trey Fanjoy   Video Director
Taylor Swift   Composer,Producer,Booklet Design
Kyle Ford   Engineer
Colbie Caillat   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Kyle Ginther   Engineer
Matt Legge   Engineer
Justin McIntosh   Cover Design
Nathan Yudkin   Composer,String Arrangements

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