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The Revolution of 1989: A Review of Ryan Adams’ Cover Album

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There is a mist of eeriness that passes through you as you listen to the dark vocals of Ryan Adams. That eeriness, however, is followed by a lavish wave of enlightenment. His music, rich in essence, alongside the words of lyrical genius, Taylor Swift, at hand, Adams has evolved 1989 from what it once was.


Being the huge Taylor Swift fan that I am, when I first discovered Ryan Adams was covering her latest album and releasing it on September 21, I lost my cool and my heart raced with momentum. Adams’ composition is similar to that of an indie artist and taking on a new perspective of
1989, he made it his own. Although the words remained the same with the exception of minor changes, his sound gave them a whole new meaning.
My favorite track that he covered, “This Love,” was sung with such ease and it’s his simplistic approach that gives his sound its authenticity. The way his voice shifts when he sings, “When you’re young, you run,” echoes with movement, vibrating into the depth of your core. Stripping down the energy and playful disposition that Swift carries with her sound, Adams leaves the music in its rawest form, further revealing the naked truth of his conceptions.
Music is subjective. Once it’s placed into the world, it is no longer just the artists’ but it is also the listeners’. The significance of a lyrical verse varies from person to person and what is taken from it is subject to the context of one’s current situation. With that, Ryan Adams told his story though Swift’s words, allowing his melodies to speak for him. And so, “How You Get the Girl” became a ballad and “Shake it Off” was showered with melancholy.
Taylor Swift’s album and Ryan Adams’ covers are both tasteful in different lights, making it nearly impossible to hold the two in competition against one another. Instead, both are created with contrasting energies and unfold different narratives. And yet, they carry the ability to complement each other. Perhaps it was the amount of love and support the two artists have for one another that translated through music. Either way, if you have yet to listen to the cover album, I highly suggest you do it now and I can promise you won’t regret that decision!
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Taylor Swift’s Most Underrated Track in 1989

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We’ve been listening to her music since her former country-singing days of songs that included “Teardrops on my Guitar” and “Tim McGraw.” Now, Taylor Swift has emerged with a new dimension of pop music. The tracks in her latest album, 1989, carry great inspiration from the ‘80s and have resulted in the pop star winning us over yet again!
With her latest singles, “Shake it Off,” “Blank Space,” “Style,” and now “Bad Blood” breaking records upon records in the music industry, it seems as though no other artist is able to compete with this form of talent.
A song from her album that often tends to be overlooked, however, is “New Romantics.” Hearing it for the first time, you can almost picture yourself strutting down the streets of New York City with a group of girlfriends, wearing five-inch heels and wandering around aimlessly. Perhaps if we had her core group of strong female friends (and Ed Sheeran, of course), along with a $20 million penthouse suite in Tribeca, that is exactly what we would be doing.
“New Romantics” shines a new light on what we formerly viewed as romance. Swift never fails to place each word right where it belongs when arranging her lyrics and with this song, she has created a new definition of the word altogether, one that rejects mainstream society’s version. Her adaptation of romance entails the importance of close friendships, a passion for art and a love for the simple things that life has to offer. And speaking for myself, I think I prefer this version over the former.
Taylor Swift has always been and will always be one of the strongest advocates in teaching us all to gain acceptance towards our pasts, loving ourselves in the present, and creating a better life for ourselves in the future. She has an act of doing this by using the simplest forms of honesty and relatability to guide her lyrics. “New Romantics” is one of the best examples for sending off the message of self-love while creating a much more realistic image of what freedom looks like.
When asked in interviews what the pop star’s next step will be, she doesn’t have an answer just yet, but from past experience, we can all expect it to be even bigger and better than 1989. Although that seems nearly impossible at this point, if anyone can top it, it would be Taylor herself.
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Taylor Swift ‘1989’ Review

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large.QdFZQberSNGZSc639k-V9DUDKPaYxSePiU8EPh94pogWell, Taylor Swift has done it. She’s officially left country behind, and I’m thrilled; not because it was bad, but because she’s been drifting further away from it with every album and needed to cut the tethers. This departure resulted in 1989, her first official pop album, which sold 1.3 million copies in just the first week.

I’m going to admit that I drifted away from Swift’s music for a while, but 1989 has brought me back in. Dripping with inspiration from the 80’s, Swift’s new album promotes a completely new sound for her while still featuring her smart lyrics.

She teamed up with Jack Antonoff (Fun and Bleachers) for “Out of the Woods,” one of the most addictive songs on the album, and “I Wish You Would.”

Swift co-wrote “Welcome to New York” and “I Know Places” with Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic). Though “Welcome to New York” is a fun, upbeat city anthem, it doesn’t move me like most of the other songs.

“Wildest Dreams” and “This Love” have just enough of her former vibe paired up with her new sound to make me remember why I turned to her albums when I was desperately in need of some emotional reinforcement. “Bad Blood” is one of my favorites to jam out to. She also still has the subtle messages (“Style,” anyone?) to show where her inspiration comes from, but she doesn’t count on it as much as she did before.
“Clean,” which finishes the album, was co-written with Imogen Heap, and you can definitely hear the inspiration.

I can’t sit still for or avoid singing along to songs such as her next single (being released Nov. 10) “Blank Space” and “Shake it Off,” which has proven to be a strong first single.

Swift knows what she’s doing, and she’s doing it well. She’s talented, funny, and self-aware, and she’s using all three to her advantage. A deluxe version of the album with three extra songs and three voice memos can be exclusively found at Target. The album can also be found on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and a number of other retailers.
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