It is easy to forget that onto the second album, Taylor Swift is only 19 years old. 17 when she first released her debut that in my previous review, I have strong belief in her potential. In 2006, she topped the US Country chart while attaining a 5th on the US Billboard 200. “Fearless” topped all the major charts in US and Canada, which comes as a surprise to me in some sense, not a surprise in another.
Personally I prefer her debut “Taylor Swift” to “Fearless”. I am in love with the song “Teardrops On My Guitar” and “Tim McGraw”. The lyrics of her previous album are more emotional, the country ambiance blends well with her young sweet voice. Her level of maturity exhibited in “Taylor Swift” fools me in believing that she is older than what she seems. In “Fearless”, the country sound is much toned down and her song topics while still evolve around love relationship of a young girl now go into the hearts of the mid teens such as the song “Fifteen”.
“Fearless” is a pleasant album to listen to. No, there is no “Teardrops On My Guitar”. What comes close, to me, is “You’re Not Sorry”. Needless to say, the country-heavy upbeat “You Belong With Me” is another favorite track. “Fearless” is a pop album with a tint of country flavor. Taylor Swift may have overstretched her voice in some parts of the song and perhaps, it is this sense of genuine approach that draws the crowd. It takes three consecutive solid albums – in my book – to have me converted into a loyal fan. And I have high hope for her next album.
Speaking as such, in the name of Country, I have high hope for Carrie Underwood‘s third album too. Below is the official video of one of Taylor Swift’s singles from this new album, “Love Story”.