Taylor Swift: Fearless

By Libby, age 14, Wisconsin
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Taylor Swift is country's newest legend. She's had sold out shows around the country, and her first album, which is self-titled, has sold over three million copies. Her second album, titled Fearless, just came out on November 11th, and is better than the first.

With Taylor writing or co-writing every song on her first album, it's expected that she would do the same for her second. But this time she's even topping that. Not only did she write a total of 8 of the 13 songs on this new record by herself (co-writing the rest), she also co-produced her album.

Some of her songs have made news even before the album's release. Her first single off the new album, "Love Story", currently holds the number one position on the Billboard charts for country singles. Also, this past summer her song "Change" was featured at the Olympics. As if this weren't enough, Grey's Anatomy used her song "White Horse" in their premiere episode. And that's all before the album came out. Just think what can happen in the future.

I know I'm one of those people who hate buying albums. If I don't like one song on the album it seems like a waste. If the lyrics are bad or the melody painful to listen to it ruins it. Usually there's at least one song that I have to skip on any album. But when I finally decided to buy Taylor Swift's new album, I surprised myself in successfully being able to get through the whole thing.

Another great thing about the songs on her new album is how personal they get, and how relatable they can be. "Fearless", the track inspiring the album's name, is about not being afraid to take the first steps, or the first date, in a relationship. Another track easy to relate to is "Fifteen", which Taylor writes about her freshman year of high school. "You Belong with Me" is one of my favorites, which is about how a guy should be with me instead of his cheerleader girlfriend. Another one of my favorite tracks on the new album is "Breath", which she wrote with Colbie Ciallat. Colbie also lends her voice for backup on the track. One of the more personal songs Taylor wrote for the album is "The Best Day" which she wrote for her mom. The songs are all different, but they each offer their own pleasure for the ears.

Taylor Swift's album offers a variety of different music. There are hints of pop and rock throughout the album, as well as country. If you liked her first album, the second one is even better. If you like songs about love, friendship, and heartache, you're going to want to check out Fearless.

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March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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