Ryan Adams Likens Taylor Swift To Shakespeare

As you might imagine from someone that made a big fuss of covering 1989 in full, Ryan Adams has some very kind things to say about stadium-stuffing pop titan Taylor Swift.

Adams offered up some glowing words about Swift when he spoke to The Guardian in a piece that ran on Sunday. The singer-songwriter said hopping from his own material to taking on her album was like “being in Ghostbusters or something, and then all of a sudden I have to go do Shakespeare.”;

“Look, those songs are popular for a reason,”; he told The Guardian. “She’s a popular artist for a reason.”;

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Swift’s 2008 track “White Horse”; was absolutely gushed over by Adams in the interview and it ranks as the first song that nudged Adams into megafan status.

“The first time I heard it I got chills head to toe,”; he shared. “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.”;

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“That song f***ed me up and I couldn’t believe it,”; he noted. “Her voice does this thing. It just goes through all my bulls*** detectors and right into my heart and soul.”;

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