Fearless

Music review by
Denise Duval, Common Sense Media
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Insightful country love songs have broad appeal.
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 59 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

A lot of the songs show some maturity and insight about relationships, which should help teens get some perspective on their own heartaches.

Violence
Sex

Kissing is mentioned. One song alludes to losing virginity to someone who "changed his mind."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the songs on this album are mostly about being young, in love, and let down in love. There's a mix of joy and despair, but even the more angst-ridden songs have an empowering message and put the pain of breaking up or being overlooked by boys in perspective. The lyrics generally kid-appropriate, though one song does allude to virginity loss.

User Reviews

Parent of a 9 and 13 year old Written byhallieandelenasmom June 18, 2010

Okay, I just think the one reference to virginity??

My kids love that song. Hallie knows what she means, but Elena's completely oblivious.
Adult Written byHorsejumper October 23, 2009

great album for everyone!!!

I love her songs, I really liked this album "Love song" is really good!
Teen, 15 years old Written byurbanrunner460 July 30, 2010

A bit boy obsessive, but wholesome

My first reaction to this CD was that it was very focused on teenage relationships, but it still had that fun, modern/country twist Swift is famous for. No swea... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 21, 2012

Taylor rocks!

Taylor is very talented, but she is still learning; I find that her music really brings out feelings and what she's singing about into your head, you almos... Continue reading

What's the story?

FEARLESS is like a soundtrack to the emotional roller coaster commonly known as high school. Songs deal with liking someone so much that you can't breathe when they're not there ("Breathe"), the frustration of knowing that you're better for a guy than the girl he's with ("You Belong with Me"), the pain of a 15-year-old broken heart ("Fifteen"), the exciting rush of a first date ("Fearless"), and the disappointments of dating a jerk ("Tell Me Why," "You're Not Sorry"). There's also a heartfelt song about a mother-daughter relationship ("The Best Day") that's bound to bring a tear to any parent's eyes.

Is it any good?

Even the biggest cynic will find it hard not to see the good in this album. Swift manages to cover "boy-crazy" themes in a way that has broad appeal, even to those who aren't teens. Her lyrics, while simple, are honest and genuine, and they show insight and maturity. On the track "Fifteen," Taylor sings "But in your life you'll do things greater than dating the boy on the football team." And you can't help but wonder how much easier high school would have been if you'd known the things you learned about life -- and yourself -- a little later on.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Taylor Swift's enormous success and widespread appeal. Do you think she's popular because her music speaks to more than just country fans? Which of the songs on this album can you relate to the most? Many of the songs seem very personal. How do you think it would feel to have your private life in the spotlight, as many celebrities do?

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