Fearless [Platinum Edition] [Bonus Tracks] [CD/DVD]

Fearless [Platinum Edition] [Bonus Tracks] [CD/DVD]

by Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift

CD(Bonus Tracks / Special Edition / Bonus DVD)

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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. [Appearing roughly a year after the album's original release, the Platinum Edition of Fearless contains six bonus tracks, all grouped at the beginning of the album: "Jump Then Fall," "Untouchable," a "Piano Version" of "Forever & Always," "Come in with the Rain," "SuperStar," and "The Other Side of the Door." There's also a DVD containing five music videos ("Change," "The Best Day," "Love Story," "White Horse," "You Belong with Me"), behind-the-scenes footage for three of those videos and the Fearless 2009 tour, a photo gallery, a CMT Awards "Thug Story," and a deluxe booklet.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2009
Label: Big Machine Records
UPC: 0843930002900
catalogNumber: 250
Rank: 2577


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taylor Swift   Primary Artist,Vocal Harmony
Eric Darken   Percussion,Vibes
Nicholas Brown   Finger Snapping
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Tony Harrell   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Jonathan Yudkin   Strings,Cello
Tim Lauer   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Ilya Toshinsky   Banjo
Alan Wilson   Percussion
Caitlin Evanson   Vocal Harmony
Tim Marks   Bass
Amos Heller   Bass
Claire Indie   Cello
John Keefe   Drums
Nathan Chapman   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Dobro,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocal Harmony,Hammond B3
Colbie Caillat   Vocal Harmony
Andrew Bowers   Finger Snapping
Burrus Cox   Finger Snapping
Delaney McBride   Finger Snapping
Emma McBride   Finger Snapping
Grant Mickelson   Electric Guitar
Carolyn Cooper   Finger Snapping
Nick Buda   Drums

Technical Credits

Eric Darken   Engineer
Jonathan Yudkin   String Arrangements,String Writing
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Brian David Willis   Engineer
Jed Hackett   Engineer
Lee Ann Ramey   Graphic Design,Cover Design
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Scott Borchetta   Executive Producer
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Cary Barlowe   Composer
Chad Carlson   Engineer
Nathan Barlowe   Composer
Whitney Sutton   Copy Coordination
Taylor Swift   Composer,Producer,Booklet Design
Kyle Ford   Engineer
Nathan Chapman   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Colbie Caillat   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Kyle Ginther   Engineer
Matt Legge   Engineer
P.J. Fenech   Engineer
Mark Pelaccin   Engineer
Kenzi Butler   Engineer

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