Ryan Adams has released a cover of Taylor Swift’s 2014 album 1989.
Adams’s wholesale cover of Swift‘s album is more of an homage to an artist he openly respects than an attempt at betterment.
But in a development that will no doubt irk Swift fans the world over, Adams’ version has been better-received in some circles than the original version.
So how did the 1989 cover come about?
Adams has admired Swift’s work since he heard her song White Horse, an appreciation that only deepened after they worked together a few years ago on an as-yet unreleased song.
Then, on a tour bus while he was alone for Christmas last year, Ryan Adams — like 14-year-old girls the world over — couldn’t stop listening to Taylor Swift’s 1989.
“I was listening to that record and thinking, ‘I hear more,'” he says. “Not that there was anything missing. I would just think about the sentiments in the songs and the configurations,” he told Rolling Stone.
He bought a four-track cassette recorder and started recording Swift’s songs in his own mournful, alt-country style.
“I thought, ‘Let me record 1989 like it was Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska’.”
The result is really rather lovely.
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Music elitists have a tendency to dismiss certain genres, such as the unapologetic pop stylings of Taylor Swift.