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There's a short clip here: http://pitchfork.com/news/60703-ryan-adams-says-hes-recording-1989-cover-album-taylor-swift-says-i-will-pass-out/
That sounds....alright, doesn't it?
I guess that's a good thing
(Haven't heard it)
I'll get a load of abuse but I voted 1989 as my best album of 2014 in the big DiS album vote last year. The Ryan Adams cover album is brilliant (and I'm not a huge fan of his.) He even turned Welcome To New York into a Springsteen-esque song. If you liked the Taylor Swift album you'll love this album. If you hate Swift, you'll love this album. Definitely worth checking out.
"He's just some total nobody trying to bandwagon Taylor Swift's world-eating fame by covering her songs! Or, is he?"
Taylor Swift; the biggest person in music currently yet a bubblegum pop act's album is covered by a real musician.
On the otherhand, who is Ryan Adams? Never heard of him and how dare he cover Taylor's album.
Anyway, such a brilliant cover album of a brilliant album. I can see myself listen to the Adam's album for ages.
He's got a "Love Is Hell"-ish double album almost finished as his next thing....
...but there does seem to be a whiff of opportunism mixed with genuine oddball behaviour here. Great self promotion though.
'Style' sounds amusingly similar to 'Eye of the Tiger'
this arrived the same week CRJ's album finally crops up on Spotify. I've heard the first half and it's fairly decent. I'm not entirely sure it needed doing and on first listen a couple of the songs seemed a little under cooked, but that might be more that i'm not a huge fan of Springsteen. as a fan of 1989, i think I'll probably get a lot of enjoyment out of this in the long run.
I'm learning to play guitar of all song in this album, I'm gonna make a cover. http://chords.tv/ryan-adams-1989/
- and I say that as a fan of last year's s/t and the 1984 EP (both great)
are far and away the best things on this. I'm not sure anyone needed to hear a subdued finger-picked version of Blank Space, there are probably millions of amateur covers on youtube that do exactly that. But then some tracks I would go as far as saying actively improve on the originals, All You Had To Do Was Stay is just magnificent here, and Wildest Dreams sounds like a lost track from 1989 (the year).
i think he does stuff like this more to keep up his reputation as WACKY, IMPULSIVE ARTIST MAN
it's completely worthless though, even for what it is
"In his Pax-Am home studio: Ryan Adams has loved playing Taylor Swift's organ".
So THAT'S why he did this!
There are more similarities between Adams and Swift than people think - they both had routes in country music and then went more mainstream - and his versions of the songs bring out those elements.
He's very good at finding the little kernel of sadness that lurks in lots of good pop songs - that approach works better away from the big singles. His version of 'Out of the Woods' is glorious- probably the most moving thing he's recorded in a decade. 'I Wish You Would' is superb too. The version of 'Shake it Off' in contrast is a dead loss - that song is all about joy and swagger, all of which he strips out.
All in all it's a really enjoyable album and succeeds in the first task of a good cover in making you listen to the originals differently.
and some cunt is probably working on a thesis as we speak, but I just think this is a really good album to listen to, speaking as a) someone who thinks Ryan Adams is fine but will only ever listen to a couple of his best songs and b) thinks the original album was amazing.
does Blank Space in the style of the Velvet Underground