Taylor Swift’s recently released version of Speak Now has an emo flair that surprised some fans. Swift has long been a fan of emo music. When Taylor was an aspiring 15-year-old country singer, she said emo bands Paramore and Fall Out Boy “influenced me most powerfully as a lyricist at that time.” Now, the singers of both of those bands have offered their vocals for Taylor’s “From the Vault” versions of “Castles Crumbling” and “Electric Touch.”
Taylor’s Emo History
Back in 2011, Paramore’s Hayley Williams performed “That’s What You Get” with Swift on her Speak Now World Tour. This week, Swift announced that Paramore will be opening the 2024 European leg of her Eras Tour, stating that she and Williams have been friends since they were teens in Nashville and now get to “frolic around the UK/Europe next summer.”
Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump offers his vocals on “Electric Touch.” He has known Swift for at least a decade when the band performed with Swift at the Victoria’s Secret show in 2013. They played “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” together. In 2015, the band mentioned wanting to collaborate with her following their performance. “We did this Victoria’s Secret show with Taylor, and she sang ‘Light ‘Em Up’ with us. She is very in demand, though, isn’t she? I wouldn’t hold my breath. She was so sweet,” bassist Pete Wentz said at the time.
Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) includes a total of six new “From the Vault” tracks. The remaining new songs include “When Emma Falls In Love,” “I Can See You,” “Foolish One,” and “Timeless.” This will mark the third album released as part of Swift’s mission to re-record her first six albums following her former label Big Machine’s 2019 sale of her catalog’s master recordings. The collection includes 16 songs from the original and deluxe versions.
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Take a look below at the entire tracklist for Speak Now (Taylor’s Version):