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    13 Reasons "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" Is Even More Beautiful Than The Original Album

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    This week, Taylor Swift dropped Fearless (Taylor's Version), the rerecorded version of her 2008 album, Fearless.

    Taylor performing onstage
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    Now, we all know how beautiful the original Fearless is: The Grammy Album of the Year–winning LP is quintessential Taylor Swift, depicting the minute but magical moments of adolescence with catchy, earworm country hits that stick with you like glue.

    Cover of "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" album, showing close-up of Taylor's profile
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    For a fuller explainer on why Taylor rerecorded her albums, click here.

    However, the new and improved, updated version Taylor just dropped is even better. And I didn't even think that was possible. Here's why:

    1. For starters, the new Fearless album stays true to the original in the most perfectly balanced way.

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    "I wanted to stay very loyal to the initial melodies that I had thought of for these songs, but if there was any way we could improve upon the sonic quality of it, we did," Taylor told People magazine.

    The new album does just that. Every updated version of each song sounds how the original sounded, but better in terms of sound quality.

    2. Taylor's vocals are undeniably stronger, smoother, and more connected than ever.

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    Gone are the days when critics would critique every note Taylor sang. During the Fearless era, however, Taylor was definitely seen as a novice in terms of vocals. She never pretended to be a powerhouse belter, but the media often painted her as this flawed singer every time she made a mistake. On Fearless (Taylor's Version), Taylor's voice is stronger, thicker, and more effective at connecting to the emotion she sings about on each track. Good luck finding a flaw here, haters.

    3. There are exquisite new harmonies and ad-libs.

    Taylor saying, "I did go in line by line and listen to every vocal and think, "What are my inflections here?" If I can improve upon it, I did
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    OMG, the new hums in "Hey Stephen," the slight inflections added to "Forever & Always (Piano Version)," the belting in "You're Not Sorry" — these minute changes make the new album pure magic.

    4. The quality of the instrumentation is amazing.

    Taylor holding a Grammy on the red carpet
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    Just in terms of technology, you can tell the sonic quality of the album is better in so many respects: The drums are clearer, the guitar riffs are even smoother, and the instrumentations — paired with the improved vocals — just make for a better listening experience.

    5. Taylor added producers Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner to the updated-Fearless lineup.

    6. Vault songs! Vault songs! Vault songs!

    7. The album art depicts a matured version of the original.

    8. New lyric videos.

    📹| @taylorswift13 dancing her heart out in the You Belong With Me (Taylor's Version) lyric video😂❤️ #FearlessTaylorsVersion

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    Lyric videos weren't really a thing in 2008, so Taylor giving us lyric videos with unseen footage and photos is everything.

    9. The physical disc itself got an update, too!

    We stan Taylor's iconic heart hands.

    10. The collaborations are stronger than ever.

    Colbie Caillat and Taylor Swift onstage at an awards ceremony
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    Fearless (Taylor's Version) features collaborations with Colbie Caillat, Maren Morris, and Keith Urban and a remix from Elvira. Speaking of Colbie, Taylor told iHeart Radio, “I'm so lucky because she agreed to do the same backup vocals on my version. It absolutely wouldn’t have been the same without her. I'm really grateful that she decided to return to the project."

    11. Small detail, but Fearless (Taylor's Version) was released April 9 — aka 4/9, aka 4+9=13. The original Fearless release date doesn't add up to 13.

    Graphic saying "Fearless (Taylor's Version" release date is April 9, 2021
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    A 13-centric release date is always preferred. :)

    12. Taylor seems to be happier, freer, more empowered, and genuinely in a better place for this album's release.

    @SwiftNYC / Via Twitter: @SwiftNYC

    Taylor genuinely seems the happiest she's been in years. She's releasing the best music of her career, collaborating with new artists, and in a happy and healthy relationship. We love seeing Taylor happy, ALWAYS.

    13. And lastly, because Taylor owns this album.

    Taylor sitting at a table painting 13 on her hand, with a burning candle and wearing a gown
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    In essence, Fearless (Taylor's Version) is Taylor Swift's reclamation of her art. It's defending what's right, it's putting in the work, and it's Taylor ultimately staying true to what the Fearless era is all about: being unafraid. She's taking back what's hers and diving into a new journey — headfirst.

    You can now stream or buy Fearless (Taylor's Version) on all platforms.