Taylor Swift no longer needs her Romeo to “take her” anywhere. This time, she’s saving herself.
While 2021 feels just as unpredictable as 2020, there was one thing we were all certain of – Taylor Swift would save us all with her music. Last year we were all graced with the sister albums Folklore and Evermore which saw T-Swift taking her music in a different direction. Between the news that broke back in 2019 that as of November 2020 her first five albums would be available to re-record (if you want to read all the industry jargon, check out this article) and rumors of a triplet to complete the Folklore era, it was only a matter of time before we got something.
The announcement dropped February 11th. Not only was Fearless (Taylor’s Version) announced with six new songs from the Taylor-vault, but Swift excited us
all by dropping the new version of “Love Story” that night. The cover itself held promise; Taylor wearing Romeo’s shirt with her cheek turned the other way. The excitement was real.
I’m here to tell you that of course the song lived up to the hype. It’s T-Swift, how could it not? The re-release doesn’t differ much from the original 2008 version, but it’s exactly what 2021 needed. The breathier sounding ‘oh-ohs’ and the isolated vocals give it a mature sound that at almost 22, I can appreciate. Sure, there’s always going to be something sentimental and sweet about listening to 19-year-old Taylor Swift sing “Love Story” but twelve years later, it hits differently.
The lyrics are the same, as this is essentially a cover of her own song, but to me, the meaning has changed. When I was nine and belting these lyrics, I had no clue about relationships past those of Disney Princesses. And, because Taylor Swift