Taylor Swift [Bonus Tracks]

Taylor Swift [Bonus Tracks]

by Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift

CD(Bonus Tracks / Enhanced)

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All of 16 when she recorded this debut album, country-pop singer Taylor Swift's considerably strong voice straddles that precarious edge that both suggests experience far beyond her years and simultaneously leaves no doubt that she's still got a lot of life to live. It's a fresh, still girlish voice, full of hope and naïveté, but it's also a confident and mature one. That Swift is a talent to be reckoned with is never in doubt: her delivery on tracks like the uptempo "The Outside," the spare acoustic ballad "Mary's Song (Oh My My My)," and especially the leadoff track, "Tim McGraw," which was the first single from the album, is that of a seasoned pro, despite Swift's newcomer status. "Tim McGraw" may also be the album's highlight -- not a teenager's tribute to the country superstar, it instead uses McGraw as a marker in a lover's time line: "When you think Tim McGraw/I hope you think my favorite song." It's a device that's been used countless times in as many ways, that of associating a failed affair with items, places, and people, yet it works as a hook here and manages to come off as an original idea. Swift wrote or co-wrote every song on the record, a fairly remarkable feat considering the sophisticated manner in which she treats matters near and dear to the heart of one her age ("Now that I'm sitting here thinking it through/I've never been anywhere cold as you"). Producer/mentor Nathan Chapman has applied to some of Swift's songs a gloss that not all of them really require and in some cases would do better to shed. But Swift has no trouble overcoming any blandness taking place around her. She's come up with a commendable starter album that's as accomplished as any by a ten-year veteran who's seen a lot more road and felt a lot more emotion. Swift's young age may be a major point of interest in bringing listeners in, but by the end of the record she's succeeded in keeping them. [Big Machine reissued the album with bonus tracks in 2008.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2008
Label: Big Machine Records
UPC: 0843930000791
catalogNumber: 79102
Rank: 3695

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taylor Swift   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmony
Robert Ellis Orrall   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Bruce Bouton   Dobro
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Gary Burnette   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Wanda Vick   Fiddle
Scotty Sanders   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Lex Price   Mandolin
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin
Tim Marks   Bass
Jeff Hyde   Banjo

Technical Credits

Robert Ellis Orrall   Composer,Producer
Chris Rowe   Remixing
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer
Lee Ann Ramey   Graphic Design
Brian Maher   Composer
Allen Ditto   Engineer
Scott Borchetta   Executive Producer
Chad Carlson   Engineer
Trey Fanjoy   Video Director
Taylor Swift   Composer,Graphic Design
Nathan Chapman   Producer
Liz Rose   Composer

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