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“What you can’t question about this 1989 is the effort and care that Adams put into conceiving these covers… this is not 1989 unplugged. It is 1989 reimagined, with often startling results… you’ll stop wondering why Ryan Adams felt the need to redo 1989. You’ll just be glad he did.”—

AMERICAN SONGWRITER “Ryan Adams transforms Taylor Swift’s 1989 into a melancholy masterpiece… decidedly free of irony or shtick, and, perhaps more important for a covers album, transforms the source material… In a sense, Adams has created the soundtrack to a fictional ’80s teen movie.”—AV CLUB

“There’s nothing ironic or tossed off about Adams’ interpretations. By stripping all 13 tracks of their ponystomp synths and highgloss studio sheen, he reveals the bones of what are essentially timeless, genreless songs… If turning the biggest, shiniest pop record of the past year into a survey course in classic rock economy sounds like a novelty, it is. But it’s also the best kind—one that brings two divergent artists together in smart, unexpected ways, and somehow manages to reveal the best of both of them.”—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Yes, please… Part of the fun of any cover is getting a glimpse into the person, not just the performer. Getting to see what they geek out over, just as we’re geeking out over them. That Adams is a megafan of Swift, who also got started as a teenager on the altcountry circuit, albeit in a slightly more wholesome manner, is no surprise but is still perfect.” —VANITY FAIR



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