On Repeat: Ryan Adams Covers Taylor Swift

A lot of people thought Ryan Adams was joking when he announced that he was busy recording a Smiths-inspired cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989. But here’s the thing: Not only was he serious, the end result, which came out a few weeks ago, is great. While he could easily have altered the album beyond all recognition, he stayed true to the dreamy pop style of it all, adding his distinct, sad-in-a-good-way flourishes where he saw fit—so it appeals to both fan camps. All in all, it’s the kind of album you can listen to beginning-to-end without getting bored and while we don’t want to play favorites, the beautifully sincere rendition of Shake It Off (it’s meant to sound like Springsteen’s I’m On Fire)—is up there along with the achingly beautiful Wildest Dreams.