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Fearless (2008) - Grammy Winner - Album of the Year

Artist: Taylor Swift
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UPC: 843930001378
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Release Date: 11/11/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Fearless ~ Taylor Swift
2. Fifteen ~ Taylor Swift
3. Love Story ~ Taylor Swift
4. Hey Stephen ~ Taylor Swift
5. White Horse ~ Taylor Swift
6. You Belong With Me ~ Taylor Swift
7. Breathe ~ Taylor Swift
8. Tell Me Why ~ Taylor Swift
9. You're Not Sorry ~ Taylor Swift
10. Way I Loved You, The ~ Taylor Swift
11. Forever & Always ~ Taylor Swift
12. Best Day, The ~ Taylor Swift
13. Change ~ Taylor Swift
 
"It's a big deal to title your album, so I wanted to make sure that it was the right call," says Swift. "I started thinking about the word 'fearless' and what it means to me. It isn't that you're completely unafraid. I think fearless is having fears, but jumping anyway."

Jump? With this record, Taylor Swift takes a flying leap. Fearless is a creative snapshot of an undeniable talent taking the next big step, both in her life and in her music. The high school freshman who once sang of "trying to find a place in this world" has now seen so much more of it. It shows in the new music.

"She's 18--wide-eyed, naive, hopeful--and that's how she sounds on Fearless, her superb new album.  James Reed, Boston Globe
"She writes everything, and has a feel for timeless songwriting that means she can cover Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' live, and it works.  Johnny Davis, Observer Music Monthly

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Composer: Nathan Yudkin.
Muze PNote Personnel: Taylor Swift (vocals, guitar); Nathan Chapman (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, piano, keyboards, percussion); Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Grant Mickelson, Kenny Greenberg (electric guitar); Ilya Toshinsky (banjo); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); Claire Indie (cello); Nathan Yudkin (strings); Tony Harrell (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards); Tim Lauer (piano, keyboards); Eric Darken (vibraphone, percussion); Tim Marks, Amos Heller (bass guitar); Nick Buda, John Keefe (drums); Alan Wilson (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Nathan Chapman; Justin Niebank; Chad Carlson.
Muze PNote Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Fool On The Hill Studios, Nashville, TN; Love Shack Studios; Quad Studio; Starstruck, Nashville, TN; The Sound Cottage; The Sound Emporium; The Sound Kitchen, Franklin, TN.
Muze PNote Photographer: Anthony Joseph Baker.
Muze PNote Arranger: Jonathan Yudkin.
Muze PNote 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 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. Like many country-pop albums of the 2000s, the pop heavily outweighs the country--there aren't fiddles here, there are violins--yet the production 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.

Producer: Taylor Swift; Nathan Chapman; Taylor Swift; Nathan Chapman; Scott Borchetta

Engineer: Kyle Ford; Todd Tidwell; Mark Petaccia; Kyle Ginther; Matt Legge; Chad Carlson; Kyle Ford; Todd Tidwell; Kenzi Butler; Mark Petaccia; Kyle Ginther; Matt Legge; Chad Carlson

Artist Overview

Taylor Swift's ascent to country stardom was an unusual one, remarkable for its rapidity (the first single off her debut album was a huge hit), for the subject of her initial hit (a song called "Tim McGraw" that revolves around listening to the singer), and for Swift's youth (she was only 16 at the time). Equally striking is the fact that she managed to make such a big splash while on the independent Big Machine label. An early bloomer in the extreme, Swift began performing at the age of 10 and signed her first record deal at 13. After she took the country world by storm with her first album, the sky seemed to be the limit for the young singer.
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Taylor Swift - Fearless - CD Review
By: CallmeMaddy Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 11/13/2008 1:34 PM
Taylor Swift’s newest album, Fearless, which came out Tuesday, is crushing all the charts. The eighteen-year-old singer/songwriter now has 13 of the Top 15 songs on iTunes’ Top Country Songs chart, including the entire Top 10. If that wasn’t enough, Taylor also has two songs in the Top 15 of Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 singles chart, AND Fearless holds the #1 slot at the top of iTunes all-genre Top Albums. Taylor is the only female artist ever of the Billboard country chart to release five consecutive Top Ten singles from a debut album. If her songs get any hotter, people are going to start fainting. ...read the full review

Awards


CMA Awards (2009)
Video Award Name Taylor Swift, Winner, Female Vocalist of the Year
Video Award Name Taylor Swift, Winner, Entertainer of the Year
Video Award Name Taylor Swift, Winner, Music Video of the Year

CMT Music (2009)
Video Award Name Taylor Swift, Winner, Female Video of the Year
Video Award Name Taylor Swift, Winner, Video of the Year

Academy of Country Music (2009)
Video Award Name Taylor Swift: Fearless, Winner, Album of the Year

CMA Awards (2009)
Video Award Name Taylor Swift: Fearless, Winner, Album of the Year

CMT Music (2008)
Video Award Name Taylor Swift, Winner, Female Video of the Year
Video Award Name Taylor Swift, Winner, Video of the Year

Academy of Country Music (2008)
Video Award Name Taylor Swift, Winner, Top New Female Vocalist

CMT Music (2007)
Video Award Name Taylor Swift, Winner, Breakthrough Video of the Year

CMA Awards (2007)
Video Award Name Taylor Swift, Winner, Horizon Award

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music Vol 28
Muze Music Compilations Now Country
Muze Music Compilations 3D Concert Experience(Live)
Muze Music Compilations Super Hits 12
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Country Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Love Drunk
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Country Christ
Muze Music Compilations Now 32
Muze Music Compilations Valentine's Day (Original Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Battle Studies
Muze Music Compilations 2011 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music 37
Muze Music Compilations Now That?s What I Call Country 4
Muze Music Compilations Now 40 (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations 2012 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations Strange Clouds (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Strange Clouds
Muze Music Compilations Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond
Muze Music Compilations Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Now Country 5
Muze Music Compilations Two Lanes Of Freedom
Muze Music Compilations 2013 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations Now 46
Muze Music Compilations Now Country 6
Muze Music Compilations NOW 48
Muze Music Compilations 2014 GRAMMY NOMINEES
Muze Music Compilations NOW COUNTRY BALLADS 2
Muze Music Compilations NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC:V50
Muze Music Compilations Now 47
Muze Music Compilations Now 33

Associated Artists and Works

Karaoke
Speak Now: Taylor Swift Karaoke ~ Karaoke

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/11/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : BMRATS0200
Music Label Name Label : Big Machine Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00843930001378

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.90)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Swift is a songwriter savant with an intuitive gift for verse-chorus-bridge architecture..."

Rolling Stone (p.94)
- Ranked #39 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "Swift proves no one can match her ninjalike professionalism."

Entertainment Weekly (p.72)
- "Her supple, lightly twangy vocals fit the album's lilting melodies....It will be exciting to watch her precocious talent grow." -- Grade: B

Blender (Magazine)
(p.80)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]ll over her fantastic second album, the country phenom gets bedeviled by the boyfolk, making the thrills and spills of a two-week teen romance sound as torchy as one of Patsy Cline's marriages."

All Music Guide 8 of 10
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. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Bio

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift became one of country-pop's brightest (and youngest) faces in 2006, when the 16-year-old vocalist released her first album. Although new to the American public, Swift had been performing since early childhood, taking inspiration and encouragement from her opera-singing grandmother. She sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a Philadelphia 76ers game at the age of 11; the following year, she began practicing her guitar skills for several hours each day, only stopping when her fingers began to bleed. Swift's parents realized their child's dedication and began making regular visits to Nashville, TN, where Swift would perform casually and meet with songwriters in the area. The family then decided to move from their native Pennsylvania to an outlying Nashville suburb, which accelerated Swift's career.

While performing at the intimate Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Swift caught the eye of music industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who signed her to his newly formed label. Swift joined the roster at Big Machine Records and released her debut single, "Tim McGraw," in August 2006. The song drew upon her experience as a lovelorn high-school student, a theme that Swift revisited throughout her self-titled debut album. Released in late 2008, Taylor Swift catapulted the young songwriter to stardom, spawning a handful of hits (five consecutive Top Ten singles, a new record for a female solo artist) while earning multi-platinum sales. Swift also received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, an award she ultimately lost to Amy Winehouse. Two subsequent EPs -- Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection and Beautiful Eyes -- helped maintain Swift's popularity while whetting public demand for her sophomore release, Fearless, which arrived in November 2008.

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