Taylor Swift copies her younger self – and she sounds even more Fearless today
In a curious case of art imitating art, Taylor Swift has released a completely new version of her breakout multimillion-selling 2008 album Fearless. Billed as Taylor’s Version, this is not a remix, remaster or even rearrangement. Rather, it is an exact re-recording to create a duplicate of the original, restoring the superstar’s ownership of her own music in a business battle with former associates. Without the use of sampling – because that would raise potential copyright issues – Swift and her band have attempted to faithfully recreate every sound, replay every note, and re-sing every song, so that even the ambience of the room feels the same. You should be able to do a blind test, and not spot a blind bit of difference.
On these terms, at least, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is an almost unqualified success. If I can be completely pedantic, there is a moment about three-quarters of the way through track four, the cheery love song Hey Stephen, when the singer has to mimic her own spontaneously ironic laughter, at the very Swiftian meta pop line: “All …
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