Fearless (Platinum Edition, CD & DVD)
Fearless (Platinum Edition, CD & DVD)
by Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift® - "Fearless" Platinum Edition
(P) ©2008 Big Machine Records, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Photography by Joseph Anthony Baker ©2008 Big Machine Records, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Deluxe two disc (CD/DVD) edition of the Country star's sophmore album featuring six new songs not found on the original release plus a bonus DVD with behind the scenes, photo galleries and a webisode. Taylor is the only Country female artist to have five Top 10 singles from a debut album and the only Country female vocalist this decade to reach the Top 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. Needless to say, she's a sensation that has only just begun to show what she is capable of.
|Audio CD Release Date:||October 26, 2009|
|Studio:||Big Machine Records|
|Number Of Discs:||2|
|Format:||Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 419 reviews|
|1. ||Jump Then Fall|
|3. ||Forever & Always (Piano Version)|
|4. ||Come In With The Rain|
|6. ||The Other Side Of The Door|
|9. ||Love Story|
|10. ||Hey Stephen|
|11. ||White Horse|
|12. ||You Belong With Me|
|14. ||Tell Me Why|
|15. ||You're Not Sorry|
|16. ||The Way I Loved You|
|17. ||Forever & Always|
|18. ||The Best Day|
|1. ||Change Music Video|
|2. ||The Best Day Music Video|
|3. ||Love Story Music Video|
|4. ||White Horse Music Video|
|5. ||You Belong With Me Music Video|
|6. ||Love Story On The Set Behind the Scenes|
|7. ||White Horse On The Set Behind the Scenes|
|8. ||You Belong With Me On The Set Behind the Scenes|
|9. ||Fearless Tour 2009 Photo Gallery|
|10. ||Fearless 2009 Tour Behind the Scenes at the First Show!|
|11. ||CMT Awards "Thug Story"|
|Average Customer Review: ( 419 customer reviews )
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83 of 95 found the following review helpful:
~brilliant songwriter~ Nov 11, 2008
By Joey Sciarra
Taylor Swift is one talented teen! She had a hand again in every song on her highly anticipated sophomore CD - this time she wrote 7, and co-wrote 6. The first single, "Love Story" is a good example of how she can combine great lyrics with a catchy beat - and then produce a smash crossover hit. The most remarkable thing about the album is that it is incredibly balanced...and almost every song is so good that it could be released as a radio single. I think it is now safe to say that she is a rising star who will just keep on rising!
Taylor opens the album with the strong title track "Fearless", and ends the album with the powerful theme song of the summer Olympics, "Change". In the middle is a sure huge hit "The Way I Loved You" - a song that she wrote with John Rich. "Fifteen" is her most personal song, a bittersweet gem where she sings about her freshman year and her best friend for the past 5 years, Abigail. "White Horse" (which has already been featured on Grey's Anatomy) is a well written tearjerker - a heartfelt song that is just waiting to become her next blockbuster hit. A good example of her more acoustic side is "Breathe" - a simple song written with Colbie Caillat who also sings background vocals in the song. Taylor's writing seems to have matured and grown in the past 2 years. Take "The Best Day" for example - which is a completely different but awesome song, which is written about her family. She appeals to a wide audience, and executes this so well here on Fearless.
It's incredible how quickly Taylor crossed over and became not only a big country star, but a huge pop star also. It took only her second single - Teardrops On My Guitar - for her to become amazingly popular in mainstream music! Then she continued to release 3 more hits (two of them #1) off her debut album. Talk about a hard act to follow - but I can't see this trend stopping anytime soon with Fearless - this album is a major home run. She isn't the same country artist who sang "Tim Mcgraw", and I understand that some people will not be happy about that. If there are any flaws here, it would be that many of the songs are pop-country hits which are about the same subject - teens. You can't please everyone, but look for her to just become even bigger and more popular, with more #1's and crossover pop smash hits. Taylor's sophomore CD is very well done...filled with excellent, self-penned, radio-friendly top 40 hits! Overall ~ 9/10 ~
52 of 60 found the following review helpful:
Review of 'Fearless' Platinum Edition [RE-RELEASE] Oct 27, 2009
By Antoine D. Reid
After the success of Fearless, Taylor Swift and her label decided to re-release it. With some re-releases, you get shoddy remixes or re-toolings of the big hits, perhaps an acoustic version or two and a live track. Not so with the platinum edition. This is more of an extended version of the original album than the simple run-of-the-mill repackaged original version. The platinum edition has five entirely new tracks, plus a piano/acoustic version of the original release's "Forever and Always". What makes the new tracks and re-release worth purchasing is that you're definitely getting an improved and superior version of 'Fearless'; the new tracks are mixed in with the originals and you can't really tell that they were produced any differently than the original tracks. They are of the same quality and caliber, enhancing the experience of listening to Taylor Swift. They aren't much different from the originals; these new songs are mostly about young love, ambivalence, optimism (even in the face of heartache or tarnished relationships).
The Good: This isn't the typical 'country' music many are familiar with. Taylor Swift, having written most of the songs herself, brings a lot of her personal experiences and reflections into the music and the songs feel more authentic. While she's in the genre of country there's also a heavy presence of pop running throughout the tracks. 'Fearless' has a theme to it; songs about young experience and "fearlessness" in the face of many obstacles and new experience; on the track "Fifteen" she sings about school and not exactly fitting in, an experience everyone can relate to in some way. On "Hey Stephen" and "You Belong To Me" she sings of crushes and young love. "Jump Then Fall" is all about taking a chance on love. The mass appeal of Taylor Swift is probably how relatable her music and persona is. Unlike many artists her age who are singing about partying in clubs or trying to make 'country music' that's either too stereotypical or too dance-orientated, she's singing about life and things she and everyone experiences and goes through. Another good thing about this edition is that it comes with a DVD of the music videos from the singles released as well as some behind-the-scenes footage. For me, this enhances the experience because you're able to see and hear the creative process and witness how involved she is. It helps to also get the point across that there's a real person behind the music and lyrics and she's not just a puppet or product of her music label and the industry. Also, the video of her CMA performance of 'Thug Story' with T-Pain, a definite fan-favorite moment of the past year, is included and makes the DVD a true must-have. Sure, it's silly and definitely not country but it shows the versatility of Swift and her willingness to make fun of herself and have fun.
The Bad: There's not a lot to complain of. If there's a flaw to the album is that it can be a bit light and upbeat. The tone of the album, even when she sings of unpleasant feelings and of insecurities or unfulfilled loves, she never truly goes 'deep' or to a pure unhappy place. It gets a bit annoying that emotionally the album feels a little heavy on the positive and optimistic vibes, but again, that's a personal criticism. "You're Not Sorry" is probably the least 'happy' song with the new track "Untouchable" following close behind. Also, a minor nit-pick but the cover artwork doesn't reflect that this is really a new product. All that it looks like is the designer or label being lazy and short on time and sticking a black background behind the same photo from the first released. Perhaps the thought was that the black background and 'platinum edition' added in would give the impression of newness but the black background and her expression change the vibe or tone of the album from upbeat and optimistic to slightly moodier and depressing, which the album and music are not. Minor critique that doesn't detract much from the music. The new tracks are good but it would have been nice if the label also included many 'pop' versions of her singles that have been released through iTunes and other online venues over the course of the year. The pop versions "You're Not Sorry" and "Love Story" give both songs a different vibe and the variety would have made the release a bit more interesting.
In the end, if you haven't purchased 'Fearless' yet, this is the edition to get. Even so, the new tracks and the DVD with the music videos together account for a mini EP and is worth purchasing.
Listen to These: "Come In With the Rain", "Forever and Always" (Piano Version), "You're Not Sorry"
18 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Time for Platinum! Nov 05, 2009
By Ricky Bryant
Like her self-titled debut album Taylor has re-released Fearless in a Platinum Edition, due to the original 13 track 2008 release which has been certified 5 times Platinum. This re-release like her Deluxe Edition of her self-titled album features new songs and a DVD.
The CD contains 5 new songs and a piano version of Forever & Always (previously released on Fearless) & the original 13 tracks on the Fearless album. The new songs include, "Jump Then Fall", "Untouchable", "Come in With the Rain", "Superstar", & "The Other Side of the Door." "Untouchable" was performed prior to it's release on the Clear Channel Stripped site by Taylor as a big promotion for the 2008 release of Fearless. "Come in With the Rain" has been available as a digital download since 2007. I rate the new songs 5/5 because they are all very good and well done. "Jump Then Fall" is currently my favorite new song.
The DVD that comes with Fearless Platinum Edition contains the 5 music videos that have been released prior to it's release, this includes, "Change", "The Best Day", "Love Story", "White Horse", & "You Belong with Me", 3 "on the set" behind the scenes making of the music videos ("Love Story", "White Horse" & "You Belong with Me"), a photo gallery of the 2009 Fearless Tour, A behind the scenes of the first show of the Fearless Tour in Evansville, Indiana. and the parody video of "Thug Story" with T. Pain that Taylor did for the 2009 CMT Music Awards. There is also 2 different exclusives, one done by Wal-Mart and one done Target. The Wal-Mart exclusive version of Fearless Platinum Edition contains 2 DVD exclusive bonus content of the V-Fest UK: Live performances of "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me" and the Target exclusive version also contains 2 DVD exclusive bonus content of the Clear Channel Stripped performances of "Untouchable" and "Fearless"
All together the album is great and you won't be disappointed. Please note that there is only 5 new songs, not 6 as advertised seeing as the "Forever & Always (Piano Version) is just that, a piano mix of it's previously release. So if you are a Taylor Swift fan, you don't wanna be without Fearless Platinum Edition
13 of 14 found the following review helpful:
A fabulous songwriter Dec 23, 2009
By Thomas C. Carey
I am a 61 year-old man, a child of the 60s. Nonetheless, I love this CD enough to bother writing this, my first ever Amazon review.
Taylor Swift has an adequate singing voice, but nothing special. What is very special, however, is the clarity, simplicity, honesty and accuracy of her songwriting. And although it took me awhile to realize it, the backup musicians on this CD are also very good.
Taylor was only 19 (or was it 18?) when these songs were written. Her life experience was limited, and so is the scope of what she writes about. There are one or two too many references to kissing in the rain (it must have been some kiss). Nonetheless, she sticks to what she knows, and she portrays it very very well.
Last night I surveyed this CD, putting the songs into categories of (1) excellent, (2) very good, (3) OK and (4) not good. Here's my take: 4 excellent, 8 very good, 1 OK. I am a tough grader, and I would have to go way back to find another record this good. Being a bit of a country fan, I would think of Garth Brooks or Rodney Crowell. Beyond that, maybe a Joni Mitchell or Beatles album. (Joni was an even bigger talent in my mind -- more poetic, better voice).
Taylor Swift is fresh, genuine, spunky, sincere and a very talented writer. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD, if you haven't already.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Download Instead Mar 09, 2010
By M. Bakcsy
I was disappointed when I received this order and discovered that you cannot copy the music onto your computer. I always copy music onto my iPod for portable use, as well as, use the CD in my car. If you already have the original Fearless album, I recommend downloading only the new tracks from the Platinum edition.
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