For those of you who haven’t heard about it yet, Ryan Adams recently released a cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989. I wrote last week with a bit of a preview of this project, and I waited in anticipation until this Monday, when I could download it.
Now, I should probably start by telling you that I think that the original 1989 is basically perfect – a masterpiece. If you’re interested in reading the glowing reviews of the original album provided by the My Fangirl Life team, check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. This means that I definitely didn’t expect this 1989 cover album to be better, but I was interested in the possibility of different. As I wrote last week, I was excited to have the opportunity to (somewhat) hear 1989 for the first time all over again.
And this album doesn’t disappoint. The songs are most definitely not just copied – they are reinterpreted. The entire collection has a much sadder, more melancholy feel than Swift’s renditions of the songs had. The tracks are also a lot simpler in some ways, with less electronic production and more guitar and melody. This new collection makes up more of an alternative album than a pop album, and it’s fun to see my favourite tracks twisted into something different. While I absolutely adore Swift’s 1989, this version is a nice little complement.
To help you quantify the quality of this album, I’ll use our handy rating system:
7 “feels” out of 10: 😊😀😌😢😔😍😁⚪️⚪️⚪️
Mr. Adams gets bonus points for being a Swifty, and for creativity. Though you might say that copying someone else’s album isn’t creative, I disagree by saying that he certainly didn’t copy it! These new versions of the songs sound real and raw and earnest. Adams reinterprets them so that they mean something to him, and then he tells us his story through his interpretations. I’m pretty into this sound, though I don’t think I’ll listen to the album on repeat the way I did for months with the original 1989. But hey… I could be wrong. Check back with me in a couple weeks to see how much I’m still listening to it then. I just might surprise myself!
Bonus Tidbit: I think my favourite tracks are “Out of the Woods” and “I Know Places”.
Have you heard Ryan Adams’ version of 1989? What did you think? Which songs were your favourites? Will you ever listen to this instead of Taylor Swift’s classic 1989? We ask all the tough questions here on My Fangirl Life. Let us know your answers in the comments!