Ryan Adams’ cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’: a Twitter love-in

27 Aug 2015

Ryan Adams performing at WFUV in 2011. Photo: WFUV

On 6 August, seemingly out of nowhere, singer Ryan Adams announced to the world that he would be recording a full-album cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989.

The announcement from Ryan Adams, it should be of no surprise, came via Twitter – the medium of choice these days for announcements of all stripes.

And, in similarly unassuming style, Adams announced the album’s completion on Monday evening (24 August), saying the final mix could be expected this week.

In the intervening time between those two tweets, Adams has kept fans, Swifties, and Swift herself up to date on progress, reassuring Tweeters that even deluxe-version tracks would not be neglected.

Throughout the process, Adams has regularly posted bite-size cuts of his reinterpretations, throwing mad appreciation at Ms Swift along the way.

And if you’re wondering what Swift thinks of all this, all you have to do is check out her Twitter timeline, which is peppered with retweets and a palpable sense of excitement.

In a statement sent to Entertainment Weekly, Swift said, “It’s such an honor that he would want to take my stories and lyrics and give them a new life. He’s gotten some of the best musicians together to record this album and if the clips he’s released are any indication, this is going to be something really special.”

At least you won’t have to wait too long to find out, Taylor.

Ahead of the full release, check out stellar clips from Ryan Adams’ 1989 – in album order, because we’re just that good – below.

Personal faves? Wildest DreamsBlank SpaceThis Love and Clean.

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Kirsty Tobin was careers editor at Silicon Republic

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