On February 11, 2021, all of Taylor Swift nation rejoined. Taylor went on Good Morning America and announced that she is releasing a recorded and EXPANDED (??) Fearless album, which is nicely and not-so-subtly called Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

There are 26 songs on this behemoth of an album and I for one CAN NOT WAIT to bury my souls into the songs that made me love Taylor Swift as an artist.

Before I delve into the original Fearless album (Deluxe, naturally), we do have to address the reveal of Taylor’s Version of Love Story.

Love Story is the song that made me fall in love with Taylor Swift. That and White Horse. I know all the words. Its a karaoke go-to and anyone who knows me knows that I will be at minimum mouthing the words whenever it comes on. Now we get to hear a brand new version of it. Not a remix or a redux, but a more mature version of a childlike fairy tale.

Okay, so Love Story (Taylor’s Version). Right off the bad, its more grounded singing. Not reaching as much. At least this is what my non-musically trained ears think. That first break into the chorus is still gripping. When she sings “You were Romeo and I was the scarlet letter,” that is the first time I really noticed a verbal (not just matured voice) change from the original.

The little musical interlude at the 2:30 mark of the song seems higher pitched with more wind instruments. Much more Folklore and Evermore vibes to me.

The crescendo at the end of the song. The build up. GAHHHHH IT STILL SLAPS. CHILLLLSSSSSS. Her final “yesssss.” is more singing in this version compared to the original.

Ladies and gentlemen, the song is just good.

Alright, let’s get into this Fearless: Deluxe Edition. Again for transparency sake; this list is SUBJECTIVE and


19. Come In With The Rain

I am going to say this knowing I am no expert at all.

I do not think that Taylor Swift’s singing in this song is very good. This song seems just a bit too earnest.

18. The Best Day

I struggle a bit to empathize with the family-heavy songs that Taylor Swift write. Had the same problem enjoying Dorthea from Evermore.

17. Jump Then Fall

The intend of this song is nice. Telling someone to take a leap of faith because she will be there to catch them. This is where the subjectivity comes into play. I don’t love this song.

My favorite lyric: “The time is gonna come when you’re so mad you could cry but I’ll hold you through the night until you smile.”

16. Other Side Of The Door

I do not know what I would have done if I had not opened the door to Taylor Swift and her music.

This is a song I think I will regret not putting up higher. The line of “Me and my stupid pride are sitting her alone” is crisp and dagger-like.

What slightly irks me about this song is Taylor’s desire to have someone come chasing after her. It’s a two-way street!

15. Untouchable

The chorus to Untouchable is the best part. This song is the biggest loser in terms of moving up and down my rankings after my initial relistening to Fearless. I had it around No. 12, but it just doesn’t have the emotional punch that some of the slower songs have on this album.

14. SuperStar

SuperStar is a song I forgot about until it popped up next on the album. I just began slowly nodding along to the song and it turns out that I know all the words. So I guess there was a time when this song was higher in my rankings.

13. The Way I Loved You

The start to The Way I Loved You is the best part of the song.

When its the piano and violin crescendo leading up to him telling her that she is beautiful … that is the pinnacle of the song.

12. Tell My Why

This is just not a good relationship Taylor! Get out of it!

With that being said, when the song slow downs two minutes in and Taylor utters the all-to-real lyric of “Why do you have to put down my dreams so you’re the only thing on my mind?”

UGHHHH THE FEELS.

11. Hey Stephen

First thing I realized. There are multiple throwing pebble’s references on this album.

Second; this song paints this picture in my head: Taylor in the bathroom looking at the mirror upset seeing Stephen walking down the hallway walking hands with girl.

The struggle between being a good friend and wanting what you desire.

This song is high school.

I do not love her saying she’d write a song for him.

10. Fearless

Whenever I hear this song I think of Tyler Conroy. The most rabid Taylor Swift fan I know, I think I recall him saying that this song inspired him in incalculable ways so it holds a special place in my heart for that.

Sneaky great part of this song is around 2:30 when the drums go a little “Rat-a-tat-tat” and the pace of the songs quickens up. That 30 seconds raises it above the Mendoza line.

9. Forever & Always (Piano Version)

Most of the time I prefer a more run-down earthly version of a sad song, however this is one of the few times I do not.

Listening to the track, it feels like the piano is a little to strong? I want more of her vocals and less of the scales.

With that being said, this is maybe the best “sung” song on the deluxe album? Can educated music folks let me know?

8. Your Not Sorry

I want to know how or what inspired Taylor to write this song. The realization that someone who hurt you is only hurt because they got caught and not because of their actions.

I get very strong Haunted vibes from this song now. Listen to Your Not Sorry and Haunted back to back and I think you’ll sense a for sure musical theme and parallel.

7. Breathe

We are going back-to-back slower songs.

###ALERT I HAVE MOVED THIS SONG UP FROM WHERE I HAD IT###

I originally had Breathe at No. 14, but damn these lyrics are just too good. Swerving around bumps in the road just like swerving around potential problems but in reality all things are meant to happen will rise up.

Just yes to this song. It moves up.

IT’S 2 AM, FEELING LIKE I JUST LOST A FRIEND

6. Change

WE SING HALLELUJAH!!!

A story of an underdog getting the better of their opponents? A way to my heart.

WE CAN BEAT THIS!

A rock-centric song is a change of pace for this album and its so hard not to get caught up in it. I wonder of there is ever someone who has taken this song and made it directly more of a pump-up song?

These lines together…

Tonight we stand, get off our knees
Fight for what we’ve worked for all these years
And the battle was long, it’s the fight of our lives
But we’ll stand up champions tonight

[Chorus]
It was the night things changed
Can you see it now?
These walls that they put up to hold us back fell down

5. Forever & Always

I love a song that tells a story and this song reminds me a LOT of The Story Of Us.

Another thing I am a sucker for is a nice musical cut-off where silence acts like a explanation point. There are a few moments like that in Forever & Always.

About 2/3s through the song when Taylor Swift is telling everyone to back up, that’s when I start taking the spatula and using it as a microphone.

4. Fifteen

Every time I hear this song I love it. Massive vulnerability propped up on high school emotions that many can understand. Part of what makes this song resonate still is that it was written with the inclusion of her best friend’s story. That is friendship and healing all wrapped into one.

I think everyone can relate with the idea of losing innocence before they were ready to.

3. You Belong With Me

Is You Belong With Me more famous for the song or for the Grammy music video debacle? I honestly am not sure. What I can say is that Young Belong With Me was a massive follow up to Love Story and it is probably most responsible for Taylor Swift’s growth.

My favorite part of the song.

“Oh, I remember you driving to my house
In the middle of the night
I’m the one who makes you laugh
When you know you’re ’bout to cry
And I know your favorite songs
And you tell me ’bout your dreams
Think I know where you belong
Think I know it’s with me.”

2. White Horse

I mentioned at the start of this post that White Horse is one of the two songs I fell in love with Taylor Swift for. It was one of, if not the first song that I put on my “Sad, Sorrow” playlist.

This lyric gets the most: “My mistake, I didn’t know to be in love you had to fight to have the upper hand.”

1. Love Story

There was never a doubt. Love Story holds sentimental in my soul, but even without that bias this song still is one of the best Taylor has ever put out. I remember when I went to go see her Speak Now tour and Gillette Stadium with my sisters and she sang this song in the pouring rain on a flying carriage.

I may or may not have been emotional during that time.

Here is my pitch for the new Love Story music video. I think that Taylor and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn should reenact the original music video, only in a modern setting. Show how since 2009, the fairy tales of Hollywood, fame and love may have faded away to reality, but within that reality there is still a romantic journey one can have. Even with all the distractions of living life, there is still room for child-like stories of love and happiness.

That is my pitch.

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