Ryan Adams, whose current album covers Taylor Swift’s entire “1989” record, spoke with The Guardian and compared the “Wildest Dreams” singer to William Shakespeare. Ryan revealed that beginning his work on the tracks for his “1989” project was like “being in Ghostbusters or something, and then all of a sudden I have to go do Shakespeare.”
Some people may think Ryan comparing Taylor to perhaps the greatest writer of all time is a bit of a stretch, but when it comes to Taylor’s talents, Ryan is fully drinking the Kool-Aid. “Well, look, those songs are popular for a reason,” he defends. “She’s a popular artist for a reason.”
“The first time I heard [Taylor’s 2008 song, “White Horse”] I got chills head to toe,” Ryan continues. “I remember feeling shocked by her voice, shocked at how clean that song was. I like stuff that sort of penetrates through my regular consciousness and hits me where I’m not looking. That’s usually stuff that’s a little darker. You know, that song is really about disillusionment on such a grand scale. I just thought about how this is hitting me like a tidal wave, it’s so romantic and so beautiful, and yet so sad and so disillusioned — it’s all the stuff I love about the Smiths.”
What do you think about Ryan’s comparison of Taylor with Shakespeare? Or even his comparison Taylor and the Smiths?