Ryan Adams has been working on a “Smiths-style” version of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album, posting snippets from inside the studio to his social media pages. Though there’s no set time, date, or release plan for the album of covers, Swift has been an adamant supporter of his project, sharing his behind-the-scenes clips with her fans.
When asked about the collection of covers, Swift tells EW in a statement, “Ryan Adams is one of the artists who shaped my songwriting. My favorite part of his style of creating music is his ability to bleed aching vulnerability into it, and that’s what he’s done with his cover project of my album 1989. When I first heard that Ryan was going to be covering my entire album, I couldn’t believe it. 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.”
Earlier this month when Adams announced the idea, Swift tweeted:
So far, Adams has teased clips from “Out Of The Woods,” “All You Had To Do Was Stay,” “Wildest Dreams,” “Style,” “Blank Space,” “Welcome To New York,” and “Bad Blood,” giving them all dark, moody makeovers.