Starting in August of this year, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, who I basically only know because he was the former Mr. Mandy Moore, began posting a series of social media posts that might change the course of the universe. Just kidding. Maybe.
What he did post were videos of him covering songs from Taylor Swift’s newest album 1989, which Taylor apparently fully endorsed, as evidenced by the following Twitter exchange:
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 6, 2015
Adams’ reimagining of 1989 was released on September 21, 2015 exclusively on the Internet. It’s received interesting reviews, and I listened to it a few times over the last week from front to back before realizing that it’s not quite a cover of the album as much as it is a reimagining of Taylor’s original record.