Pay attention: Taylor Swift remakes ‘Love Story (Taylor’s Model)’

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13 years in the past, Taylor Swift opened her track “Love Story” with a reminiscence: “We have been each younger after I first noticed you,” the precocious nation star, then 18, sang within the lead single from her 2008 “Fearless” album, “I shut my eyes and the flashback begins.”

Now she’s remembering that reminiscence — and her recall is fairly near whole.

On Thursday evening, Swift, now 31 and one of many world’s greatest pop acts, launched a rerecorded model of the Romeo and Juliet-themed “Love Story” as the primary sampling from a extremely anticipated overhaul of “Fearless” due April 9. Co-produced by the singer and Chris Rowe (a longtime Nashville studio professional who labored on Swift’s early data) and that includes quite a lot of the musicians who performed on the unique, the brand new “Love Story” — formally titled “Love Story (Taylor’s Model)” — is just about indistinguishable from the rendition that gave Swift her first high 10 hit.

Craving vocals, winsome fiddle, uplifting key change — it’s all right here, simply as she left it.

That constancy is by design, after all. Incensed by music exec Scooter Braun’s buy of her outdated label Large Machine in 2019, Swift mentioned that yr that she deliberate to rerecord her first six albums as a solution to probably diminish the worth of the grasp recordings newly held by Braun, recognized amongst different issues for his work with Swift’s longtime nemesis Kanye West. (Possession of an artist’s masters, which is typical of a serious label, is what allows the label to revenue from gross sales and streams and to manage the usage of the artist’s music in films, tv and commercials.)

Final yr, Braun bought Swift’s catalog to Shamrock Capital, a Westwood-based funding fund, for greater than $300 million. Based on the singer, Shamrock provided to work together with her, however she declined when she discovered that Braun would retain a monetary curiosity in her music. In a letter she posted on Twitter, Swift instructed Shamrock’s companions that she supposed to proceed with rerecording her outdated music — the thought being that her new variations would supplant the originals within the market.

So why remake “Fearless,” her second studio album, first? By some measures it’s her most profitable LP, having bought greater than 10 million copies and gained 4 Grammy Awards, together with album of the yr.

However any Swift super-fan would additionally acknowledge the importance of her well-known fortunate quantity, 13, within the timing.

The brand new version of “Fearless” — consider it because the album’s director’s minimize — will function 26 songs, together with beforehand unreleased cuts she wrote across the similar time as “Love Story” and hits like “Fifteen” and “You Belong With Me.” In a press release, Swift mentioned “Fearless” chronicled “the adventures and explorations of a teenage lady who was studying tiny classes with each new crack within the facade of the fairytale ending she’d been proven within the films.”

In a approach, the faithfulness of the brand new “Love Story” is a disappointment. Swift’s pair of 2020 albums, “Folklore” and “Evermore” — the previous is up for 5 awards, together with album of the yr, at subsequent month’s Grammys — are stuffed with grown-up musings on romance and compromise; one track from “Evermore,” the haunting “Tolerate It,” appears to be narrated by a girl trapped in a loveless marriage.

One longs to listen to what she may make of the starry-eyed idealism of “Love Story.” However then to veer too removed from the unique can be to hazard the prospect that some music supervisor may license this rendition as an alternative of the one Shamrock owns.

Does that make the entire enterprise sound extra calculating than we wish to imagine pop stars are? In that case, give Swift credit score for speaking about her dealings with Braun in starkly emotional phrases — “Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work,” she mentioned when he purchased Large Machine — which have recast a enterprise battle as a battle over artwork.

Ditto the way in which she’s framing her remake of “Fearless” — a course of, she mentioned Thursday, that “has been extra fulfilling and emotional than I might’ve imagined and has made me much more decided to rerecord all of my music.”

Don’t doubt that she’ll get it carried out.

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