Sunday, 20 September 2015

Ryan Adams - Bad Blood (track review)

Since announcing his plans of covering Taylor Swifts 1989 album in its entirety, Ryan Adams has teased the record through a series of 15 second Instagram videos, building massive hype from his moodier, and much darker snippets of the biggest selling album of 2014. Now the ever endearing Alt-Country star has premiered the first full cut off his upcoming release - "Bad Blood" - and it's actually pretty great.

Adams turns what was one of 1989's most lackluster songs into almost four minutes of sad, sprawling janglepop goodness. Polished bass heavy beats are swapped for chiming guitars; Swift's self-assured vocals are replaced with Adams' particularly somber voice full of melancholy; and Kendrick Lamar's guest verse is unsurprisingly nowhere to be seen. There is almost no trace of Bad Blood's previous incarnation, pretty much everything short of the lyrics has been scrapped, and the song sounds more like an obscure Nebraska-era Springsteen track than a chart topping pop single.

These changes pay off. Not only does the new sound fit the song, it adds a whole new depth to its subject and lyrics, providing a new dimension to what was previously a pretty surface level chart hit.

I really like what Ryan Adams has done here, and fans of either artist are sure to enjoy it too. Keep an eye out for this album when it drops - it's sure to be a good 'un.

Jack McGlone

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