Thursday, 30 September 2010

Fearless Platinum Edition- Taylor Swift Album Review

Taylor Swift's "Platinum edition" re release of "Fearless" with inclusion of six new tracks was enough to get me to purchase it. To top it off, it only cost me £5 from Amazon so it is a real bonus. Swift's new album, "Speak Now" will be released in late October, so these new tracks will hopefully last me until then at the very least.
~~~ALBUM COVER~~~
What you can't see from the picture is that the text is actually metallic and it looks phenomenal against the black background. This special detailing does make the overall cover much more dynamic and premium. I really like this subtle edit!

~~~BOOKLET GRAPHICS~~~
I don't usually comment on the insert booklet but this one by Taylor Swift is perhaps the most well done I have seen for a long while. Each double page features lyrics for two songs with a really consistent theme- they are fun, colourful and really cool. Some images are taken from music videos, whilst others from promos- overall the pictures are stunning and really inspiring, with a unique and creative style.

~~~TRACK LIST~~~
 The Platinum Edition has a total of 19 tracks:

1. Jump Then Fall* 4/5
A subdued guitar intro leads into a more explosive chorus but quickly falls back down. A good track, but not amazing- they lyrics are sweet and well written.

2. Untouchable* 4.5/5
Again, this song starts off soft with a much more moody feel. This is quickly relieved by the first chorus and brought into a more upbeat atmosphere which remains throughout the rest of the track- sounds very typical Taylor Swift.

3. Forever And Always (Piano Version)* 4/5
Upon first hearing this, I was not at all impressed. Whilst the piano is extremely impressive (how I wish I can get the sheet music and play it), the vocals are somewhat drowned against this. However, this version is much more raw and heartfelt that my initial reaction to it is completely unjustified. Whilst this is not at all commercial, it will be loved by fans.

4. Come In With The Rain* 4/5
The verse does not wow me but the chorus is fantastic which makes this song better than what it is- the lyrics are fab and written in a very unique style that can be associated with Swift.

5. Superstar* 4/5
The first few notes of the intro vaguely resembles "Love Story". Nothing spectacular musically but again she uses "wide eyed girl" in her lyrics sounding very similar to that other track with the same phrase, the name of which I cannot remember.

6. The Other Side Of The Door* 5/5
The last "new" track on the platinum edition; finally "The Other Side Of The Door" wows from verse to chorus to the end. It is not only catchy, but addictive and I feel this should've been on the album originally, but glad to have it at long last because it sounds so good!

7. Fearless 5/5
An upbeat introduction with a powerful backing track - an addictive song that will cheer you up and brighten your mood- may even get you dancing and singing along!

8. Fifteen 4/5
Not one of my favourites, but a song that is easy to listen to. Lyrically, it also doesn't appeal that much, but given it is written by Taylor Swift based on her personal experiences, I guess it is genuine and heartfelt.

9. Love Story 5/5
One of the best songs on the album is "Love Story" that is a story in itself. Musically, it just gets better and better and you reach the climax and it becomes an explosive love song that is inspired by "Romeo and Juliet"- absolutely love this and you just can't tire of it.

10. Hey Stephen 4.5/5
Surprisingly catchy and upbeat. This is a song I tend to forget seeing the title, but the tune is very memorable- probably better if it had another title, but this is another strong track that gets you singing.

11. White Horse 4.5/5
"White Horse" is a softer track with sweet lyrics- the mood is again brought back down slightly, but kept in a realm of sensibility and soothing-ness. The chorus is really good here both musically and lyrically.

12. You Belong With Me 5/5
Some may find this extremely cheesy lyrically, but I love it- the contrasts in the lyrics are funny and very descriptive- this is perhaps my favourite track on the album. The backing music aids in making this quite quirky and exciting.

13. Breathe 4.5/5
Another really soothing song that is good not for the upbeat cheeriness but for the simplicity and heartfelt delivery. She sounds like Avril Lavigne in the verse part :P

14. Tell Me Why 4.5/5
I'm not a big fan of the intro (cheesy alert!) but this is quickly diffused. Phew! It grows into a really catchy and addictive song with a amazing chorus. This is another favourite of mine.

15. You're Not Sorry 5/5
Again, this song is soft but the lyrics are fantastic and the overall feel of the song has a great atmosphere. The emotions are also expressed very well in the song which makes this a really phenomenal song.

16. The Way I Loved You 4.5/5
The chorus is really exciting and fast which makes it catchy and addictive. I'm not too fond of the verses, although the lyrics work well with the speed... This is one of those tracks you forget. It's not bad, but compared to the really strong ones, it's overshadowed.

17. Forever And Always 5/5
Quite a catchy verse that we are instantly plummeted into which continues fairly consistently through to the chorus and to the finish. Another one of my favourites!

18. The Best Day 3.5 /5
A comparatively average song compared to everything else- certainly not what we want nearing the end of the album... some good lyrics can be found here though...

19. Change 5/5
Despite the mediocrity of "The Best Day", "Change" does simply what it's called- change the tone. The into is extremely rocky but leads to an upbeat and happy song that leaves the album with an exciting sound that will hopefully be carried forward in her next album "Speak Now". The simple fact that this song is rather different due to its harsher backing makes this another of my favs!

* refers to a new track

SONGS TO LOVE: "The Other Side Of The Door", "Fearless", "Love Story", "You Belong With Me", "Breathe", "You're Not Sorry", "Forever And Always" and "Change".

SONGS TO SKIP: NONE, but some are overshadowed by the strongest tracks.

~~~DVD DISC~~~
The second disc contains five music videos (Change, The Best Day, Love Story, White Horse and You Belong With Me) along with behind the scenes videos on three of those. Additional content on this disc are photo gallery of her Fearless Tour in 2009, behind the scenes of that tour and "Thug Story" from the CMT Awards.

They are good bonuses, but not essential as you can watch the music videos as well as the behind the scenes online- the most interesting will have to be the behind the scenes video of her tour.

~~~OVERALL~~~
For the super duper price of £5 that this is at, this product is a no-brainer. All the songs are well written and have a very upbeat feel which is easy to listen to. Fans of Taylor Swift will love her new tracks, although they are in no competition to tracks originally on the album such as "You Belong With Me", "Love Story" and "Fearless".

The whole album is really strong although the only criticism is that it all starts to sound a bit similar after hearing the nineteenth track. I can only fault this album on that but there are a few good soft ballads that do balance the tracks out, but the overall feel, sound and tone of the songs are pretty much the same- I guess it just makes me want to hear her new album even more as it is a new era for her! Despite this, "Fearless" Platinum Edition is simply a MUST!

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