After teasing his album of 1989 covers, Ryan Adams debuted the full collection Monday at midnight, and though it first appeared on Apple Music, the entire album was soon available to stream via Adams’ YouTube channel and (ironically) Spotify.
Adams premiered the first full track, “Bad Blood,” and announced the release date on Apple Music Friday, but had been previewing songs since early August. What began as “Smiths-style covers” of Taylor Swift’s 2014 album soon became one of the most anticipated releases of the fall season. Earlier this summer, Swift told EW in a statement that the project was “such an honor.” She said, “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.”
Now, fans can decide for themselves if it makes the cut. Stream Adams’ 1989 via Apple Music or Spotify…
Or hear individual tracks via YouTube.
Adams and Swift will appear on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 radio show Monday morning to discuss the album, and in a preview of the interview posted by NME, Adams says he wanted his 1989 covers to sound like Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 album, Nebraska. “I got back to L.A., it was around Christmas time. I was totally bummed out and I bought a four track cassette recorder,” he tells Lowe. “And I was like, I’m going to make ‘1989’ like ‘Nebraska’ style. Bruce Springsteen ‘Nebraska’. Just acoustic guitar, bunch of spring reverb, just me.”