Those who thought Taylor Swift was a big deal after the release of her first record should be prepared: She's about to get way bigger.
Although they're written by a teenager, Swift's songs have broad appeal, and therein lies the genius and accessibility of her second effort, "Fearless" (Big Machine).
The insightful "Fifteen" ("In your life you'll do greater things than dating a boy on the football team") will connect with teens looking for hope and with adult women looking back, while the sparse "White Horse" will appeal to anyone who's experienced love lost, which is to say, everyone. "Hey Stephen" ("All those other girls, they're beautiful but would they write a song for you") displays Swift's confident sense of humor, and "Breathe" (written with Colbie Caillat, who sings on the track) is a love-gone-wrong song suitable for women of all ages. - Billboard.
TAYLOR SWIFT : "Fearless"
THE GRADE : A
BOTTOM LINE : Wise beyond her years.