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“This is the first song that I wrote for the record Red. It kept coming back to me because it told a story so well in such a full way.  It starts with meeting someone and all the details about that innocent beginning and it follows the story all the way to the bitter end. It’s a really emotional song because it does show you why loss is so painful, because it was once good and you can remember it.“

The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women

99. Taylor Swift

Fearless (Big Machine Records, 2008)

No listenership is cast aside with the same fervent damnation as young women—their interests are frequently written off with complete critical derision. Challenging that notion is best accomplished by being too damn good (and confident in that excellence) to ignore. So goes the success of the then-teenage Taylor Swift, a Nashville-via-Pennsylvania talent whose ideation reached its full fruition on Fearless, a self-written country-pop album of immeasurable catchiness. In “Fifteen,” she writes from a place of newfound maturity, adopting a big sister role for those most affected by being young and vulnerable (everyone). In “Love Song,” fantasy is grounded in intimate reality, a Romeo & Juliet metaphor imbued with restraint — she avoids grandiose gestures and instead offers timeless confessions. Fearless manages to play to Taylor’s admiration for her female pop forbearers (Sheryl Crow is mentioned in interviews), the narrative songwriting of the country music she grew up on and her own personal hybridity. At its simplest, Fearless displays Swift as a brilliant songwriter. At its truest, the album shines with an explosive voice, an ineffable gift. No one can question Swift’s success now, and Fearless proved it then. Just ask a girl. —Maria Sherman (Contributor)

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