By: STEPHANIE DARIA
We’ve all experienced it: you’re sitting in the car, a catchy tune comes on, your foot’s tapping, head’s bopping, and then you realize, it’s by the artist you swore hatred to.
Immediately, your body becomes stiff, you change the station and pretend it never happened. The conflict only grows when one of your favorite indie rockers covers that catchy tune you love to hate so much.
Singer songwriter Ryan Adams recently covered pop queen Taylor Swift’s most recent album, 1989. The indie rocker took the hooks and grooves of a pop album and turned it into his well-known Springsteen rocker style.
With any indie artist covering a major pop album, there’s going to be a different dynamic from the original. Adams’ style has deeper, more emotional tones, but it’s more prominent when listening side by side with Swift’s original work. There’s no hiding that Swift writes about past relationships, but her tone is more of a ‘whatever’ kind of attitude. She’s got sass, and it shows.
Adams takes these songs and almost turns it into a soundtrack for the heartache itself. In songs like All You Had to Do Was Stay and Clean, the tone of the album does a complete 180. With the original songs, there is a sense of empowerment in Swift’s voice, with Adam’s version you can hear actual hurt in his voice.
Whether you like Swift or not, she’s hard to avoid, and Adams knew exactly what he was doing when he chose to cover this album. There’s not another cover album that would have earned a better following. Adams gave a sense of urgency to the album, but for those who cling to Swift’s chants and sing-a-longs, it takes away from the bounce and eagerness of Swift’s style.