The wait is over and the internet’s current favorite urban legend is now a reality: Ryan Adams’ full album cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 will be released Monday, September 21 on PAX-AM/Blue Note.
Produced by Adams, the first news of this reinterpretation of 1989 was revealed last month on the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter’s Instagram (@misterryanadams) with the post “Taylor Swift 1989 full album cover night 1. As played by the Smiths.” Several subsequent posts of song snippets revealed much more range than that—including a take on “Bad Blood” that VANITY FAIR called “a lovely Heartbreaker-era style version” referencing Adams’ classic debut, a string quartet-enhanced version of “Blank Space,” what Adams promised to be the “guaranteed saddest version of ‘Welcome to New York’ ever – or your tears back,” and more.
Every bit of 1989 music Adams has let out has built excitement and anticipation—not least with Swift herself who tweeted in response to Adams’ informing her that he’d “just finished ‘Style’” August 6: “@TheRyanAdams Cool I’m not gonna be able to sleep tonight or ever again and I’m going to celebrate today every year as a holiday. I’M CALM”