August 31, 2016


Ryan Adams Made an '80s-Inspired Album, Probably Nothing Like His Taylor Swift Cover Album

Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Ryan Adams was so moved by covering Taylor Swift's '80s-inspired 1989 album last fall that he decided to make a 1980s record of his own.

Just kidding.

Adams announced his 16th studio album on Wednesday, saying that the '80s-influenced project was brought forth by listening to AC/DC and early Bruce Springsteen. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said the yet-unnamed album is coming out Nov. 4.

Adams explained how he came to the retro guitar sound he wanted to recreated on the upcoming release:

“When I run, I listen to [an iPod] Nano that I have...I put all the AC/DC records on from back to front, or I’ll listen to the best of stuff from the ’80s: Springsteen, or [Bruce] Hornsby, and I’ll listen to what is going on there. I was listening to AC/DC’s Fly on the Wall and that’s when I realized what I had to do for the record.”

The music nerd was also intrigued by ELO, saying that he learned a lot about instrumentation in the process: “I was like, ‘Wow! I understand the multicolored guitar tone moments now. You can layer stuff. I really just learned a lot.”

So, ready your turntables, this bad boy is coming our way. Till then...