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.