The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived: the re-release of Fearless. Last year, Taylor Swift announced that she was planning on re-recording her previous albums (which were under Big Machine Records) to regain ownership of her songs. Now, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is finally out, owned by Swift herself, and it’s everything we imagined and more.
Taylor Takes Us Back in Time
In the re-recorded album, Taylor included all of the songs featured in the original 2009 issue of the record: Fearless – Platinum Edition. Alongside the twenty previously-released songs, she also included six never-heard-before songs that didn’t make the album back then.
Besides giving fans a taste of the new album in February with the release of “Love Story (Taylor’s Version”), she released the first “From The Vault” song, “You All Over Me,” featuring Maren Morris. This one dropped two weeks before the album release. The new version of her hit “Mr. Perfectly Fine” also came earlier, but this time just two days before the big day.
In Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Taylor truly managed to make the new versions of the old songs sound almost identical. Her voice has obviously changed throughout the years – being that she was only 18 when the original record came out. Now that she’s 31, her voice sounds more mature and she’s gained more experience. This expertise was the reason why she was able to make us travel back in time through her music.
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) – Remastered And Improved
During an interview with PEOPLE, Taylor opened up about the re-recording process and how she made sure the new version of the album still had the essence of the original. “In terms of production, I really wanted to stay very loyal to the initial melodies that I had thought of for these songs. We really did go in and try to create a ‘the same but better’ version. We kept all the same parts that I initially dreamed up for these songs. But if there was any way that we could improve upon the sonic quality, we did.”
She continued, “We just kind of took all the knowledge that we’ve acquired over decades of playing this music and applied that to it. But yeah, I did go in line by line and listen to every single vocal and think, you know, what are my inflections here. If I can improve upon it, I did. But I really did want this to be very true to what I initially thought of and what I had initially written. But better. Obviously.”