Fearless(Music CD). By Taylor Swift. (2008). Big Machine Records. ASIN: B001EYGOEM

Summary

Songs Include:
Fearless — Fifteen — Love story — Hey Stephen — White horse — You belong with me — Breathe — Tell me why — You’re not sorry — The way I loved you — Forever & always — The best day — Change.

Critical Evaluation

Unlike many pop artists of today, Taylor Swift writes her own lyrics. She was 18 when Fearless hit shelves in 2008, and so the album explores feelings and emotions tailored to the teenage experience. Taylor is fearless, in many ways, but mostly in that she isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve when it comes to her music.

At once, Taylor’s album is sweet, mature, uplifting, and so reminiscent of those all-too-familiar teenage feelings about love and relationships. In Fearless, Taylor sings of broken promises, feeling like you know someone so well, that they will love you forever, but then they leave you or hurt you. Her songs express the pain of a breakup known too well by so many. She sings of fairy tales and compares them with her experiences, first of the pain and then of the highly romantic ideal young girls are brought up to believe in. The thing is, there is something for everyone in Swift’s music, and in each song, her singing builds along with the song, so that the music is deeply felt. She may be young, but her voice rings loud and clear, and her songs will find their way into your head and into your heart in no time.

Annotation

Taylor Swift’s 2008 album, Fearless, is a catchy treat which explores fairy tales, love and romance, and heartbreak.

About the Musician

Taylor Swift, now 20 years old, first learned to play guitar at the age of 12. She writes songs about love because, “love is unpredictable and it’s frustrating and it’s tragic and it’s beautiful. And even though there’s no way to feel like I’m an expert at it, it’s worth writing songs about — more than anything else I’ve ever experienced in my life. ”

She’s a Sagittarius and her lucky number is 13. She loves, the winter season, bright colors, and childhood memories.

She happily lives in Nashville, TN.

http://taylorswift.com

Genre
Country Music CD

Reading Level/Interest Age

Ages 14+

Challenge Issues

Taylor’s music does not include any swear words, violence, or sexual innuendo, all of which are so common in so much of today’s music. Yet, it is still a popular choice for many teens, and it is so catchy that even those who are not in Taylor’s main demographic can be seen bopping their heads and singing her lyrics.

Why Did You Include This CD?

Fearless has won every album award in the country music genre, and was named Album of the Year at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Taylor was the youngest artist in history to win the award for best album, and she is also the award’s first-ever solo female country winner, and the first solo female winner in more than a decade. Taylor wrote or co-wrote every song on Fearless, which was the number 1 best-selling album in 2008 and 2009.

Taylor Swift’s FEARLESS album officially lauded as most awarded album in country music history. PR Newswire. Retrieved on December 11th, 2010 from http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/taylor-swifts-fearless-album-officially-lauded-as-most-awarded-album-in-country-music-history-88431737.html.

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