Fearless CD (2008)

Artist: Taylor Swift

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on 12/26/2008

My daughter loved it for Christmas. Would buy from Buy.com again!!!

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Album pretty good. Songs not too pop yet.

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"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.

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Label BIG Machine/universal
SKU 209201062
UPC 843930001378
UPC 14 00843930001378
Format CD
Release Date 11/11/2008
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Author Taylor Swift
Artist Bio
Taylor SwiftTaylor 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.
Awards
CMA Awards (2009) Taylor Swift, Winner, Female Vocalist of the Year,Taylor Swift, Winner, Entertainer of the Year,Taylor Swift, Winner, Music Video of the Year,Taylor Swift: Fearless, Winner, Album of the Year
CMT Music (2009) Taylor Swift, Winner, Female Video of the Year,Taylor Swift, Winner, Video of the Year
Academy of Country Music (2009) Taylor Swift: Fearless, Winner, Album of the Year
CMT Music (2008) Taylor Swift, Winner, Female Video of the Year,Taylor Swift, Winner, Video of the Year
Academy of Country Music (2008) Taylor Swift, Winner, Top New Female Vocalist
CMT Music (2007) Taylor Swift, Winner, Breakthrough Video of the Year
CMA Awards (2007) Taylor Swift, Winner, Horizon Award
Reviews
ReviewSource All Music Guide
Review 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.
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Reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Swift,Taylor
Music Format Compact Disc
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James Reed, Boston Globe She's 18--wide-eyed, naive, hopeful--and that's how she sounds on Fearless, her superb new album.
Johnny Davis, Observer Music Monthly She writes everything, and has a feel for timeless songwriting that means she can cover Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' live, and it works.

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