Ryan Adams’ Completes Rough Mix of ‘1989’ Cover Album, Previews Two Tracks
We've already heard brief snippets of Adams' renditions of several 1989 tracks, including "Out of the Woods," "All You Had to Do Was Stay," and "Wildest Dreams." Now he's shared his indie-rock-dude reinventions of two much loved Swift singles, "Style" and "Blank Space."
This new version of "Style" does away with the original's strutting, '80s synth production — Adams' cover could have come from the '80s too, but it's more Springsteen in spirit. It's also very heavy on the reverb, though that could be the "rough" part of the rough mix Adams speaks of.
Adams switches lanes on "Blank Space," turning it into a strummy, contemplative lo-fi ballad that sounds less like Taylor and more like Elliott Smith. His vocals are lovely, but that one line officially sounds like "Starbucks lovers" no matter who sings it.
While news that Ryan was recording his own version of the album could initially seem like a kitschy lark, or a "lemme show you how the big boys do it," he's seemingly treated the source material with reverence the whole way through. Taylor has championed the project from the get-go as well, which means Adams could be the one-millionth person she welcomes to the stage on her 1989 World Tour.
Plus, if Ryan hadn't shared this amazing mashup of Taylor Swift and Sonic Youth's Goo album cover, we might never have seen it.
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