Ryan Adams - 1989

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1989 is the fifteenth studio album by American alternative country artist Ryan Adams, released in September 2015 via PAX AM Records.

Sometime in August 2015, Ryan Adams let everybody in on a secret: he'd decided to cover Taylor Swift's 1989 in total. This was not the first album-length cover of Adams' career (he never released his version of the Strokes' “Is This It”), nor was this his first attempt at 1989. He initially attempted a stark, four-track rendition of the record - naturally dubbed his Nebraska-- but he wound up settling on "in the style of 'As played by the Smiths'," which was an elegant way of saying Adams' 1989 could easily slide onto a PostModern MTV playlist from 1989-1990 and not ruffle many feathers. Such shimmering sadness is Adams' default mope mode, neatly showcased on “Love Is Hell”.

Sharp guy that he is, Adams realizes the bulk of the record can't all be brokenhearted strums, so not all of 1989 glimmers in a flat black pool. "All You Had To Do Was Stay" surges to a Modern Rock pulse, but he cheekily inverts the exuberance of "Shake It Off", strips the T'Pau and Chvrches out of "Out Of The Woods", and softens the steely "Blank Space", thereby turning the first three singles into laments.

Nevertheless, there's no disguising how Ryan Adams flips Taylor Swift's 1989 upside-down, turning a moment of triumph into bedsit introspection, a concept that is undoubtedly theoretically interesting, but the record works because Adams doesn't play this as a stunt.

He's as canny a producer as he is a conceptualist, coaxing forgotten college rock sounds out of his Pax-Am Studios and treating Swift's originals as text to be interpreted, a move that neither saves nor strengthens the originals but rather highlights the skill of Taylor the songwriter and Adams the musician. But the real star here is Swift's infallible material, evidence that the country music defector still worships Nashville's fondest saying: The song always comes first.

Check out the tracks: “Shake It Off”; “All You Had To Do Was Stay” and “Blank Space”.

This double LP on black vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed insert is pressed in Europe.

(888751645011)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Welcome To New York

3:18

A2

Blank Space

3:21

A3

Style

2:44

B1

Out Of The Woods

6:07

B2

All You Had To Do Was Stay

3:30

B3

Shake It Off

4:06

C1

I Wish You Would

3:44

C2

Bad Blood

3:55

C3

Wildest Dreams

5:21

D1

How You Get The Girl

3:50

D2

This Love

4:45

D3

I Know Places

5:14

D4

Clean

4:23

SKU 888751645011
Record Label Pax Americana Record Company
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88875164501
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 11 December 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 21 September 2015
Barcode # 888751645011
Shipping Weight 0.4750kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Alternative Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Format VINYL LP

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