Ryan Adams has been slowly previewing his moody takes on Taylor Swift‘s 1989 on Twitter. Now, he’s given the covers LP a release date — September 21st — album art and the first taste of the final product with his version of “Bad Blood.”
Adams’ 1989 will be released digitally for now, though he has indicated that CD and vinyl versions will also be released. He premiered his stripped-down, mellow cover of “Bad Blood” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show.
Adams’ take turned the more aggressive, drum-heavy track into a guitar-driven alt-country ballad. Still, Adams doesn’t soften the girl-fight track too much, retaining its catchiness and bouncy, upbeat sound.
“Ryan’s music helped shape my songwriting,” Swift wrote of the tribute. “This is surreal and dreamlike.” The pop star also revealed a countdown to the album release as well. Pre-orders for Adams’ 1989 will begin Thursday evening at 9 p.m. PDT and come with an instant download of “Bad Blood.”
Adams first announced his Swiftian endeavor last month. On Instagram, he previewed his annotated copy of the “Welcome to New York” lyrics and revealed that he would record the synth-y pop songs in the style of the Smiths.
Swift has been on board ever since the announcement, tweeting that she would “pass out” if it were true. Adams was equally complimentary in his confirmation tweet to Swift. “Badass tunes, Taylor. We’re sandblasting them, and they’re holding steady.” Since then, Adams has been previewing snippets of his covers on Twitter and Instagram, showing him and his band in the studio working on the album.
This week, Adams paid tribute to another great songwriter when he performed at Neil Fest with Norah Jones. The pair covered Neil Young’s “Old Man” together.