Forget the whole Ryan Adams 1989 thing — this is the reinterpretation record worth talking about right now.
Last year, Bleachers — better known as Jack Antonoff‘s non-fun. solo project — released Strange Desire. If you didn’t hear it, you certainly heard his work on “Out Of The Woods,” “I Wish You Would” and “You Are In Love” off of Taylor Swift‘s 1989. (It always comes full circle right back to Tay Tay, go figure.)
A year later, and Antonoff’s pulled off a surprising feat for true lovers of pop, recruiting a whole series of our favorite femmes to supply their own reinterpretations of his record, track-by-track: Sia. Tinashe. Charli XCX. Elle King. Brooke Candy. Carly Rae Jepsen. Seriously, though: What kind of MuuMuse Approved fave round-up?
There’s plenty of goodness: Carly’s “Shadow” basically sounds like one of the more left-leaning offerings from her ’80s-inspired masterpiece, E·MO·TION (#JUSTICE4JEPSEN), Elle King’s “Reckless Love” is full of fire and grit, Sara Bareilles‘ “Wild Heart” is anthemic and gorgeous, MØ’s “You’re Still A Mystery” is a kicky burst of classic rock ‘n roll energy and, of course, Sia is Sia, and her string-filled “Like A River Runs” brings on the heartbreak.
But perhaps the coolest, most unexpected serving is Tinashe’s incredible take on “I Wanna Get Better,” which showcases a whole new indie-pop/rock side of the increasingly versatile superstar. She’s really got so many different flavors of party favors for us to taste, doesn’t she? (Stan mode on overload, as always.)
To make it even better, the album is free — available right now as a Google Play exclusive. Go get it and get, get, get better.
1 Wild Heart (feat. Sara Bareilles)
2 Rollercoaster (feat. Charli XCX)
3 Shadow (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)
4 I Wanna Get Better (feat. Tinashe)
5 Wake Me (feat. Lucius)
6 Reckless Love (feat. Elle King)
7 Take Me Away (feat. Brooke Candy & Rachel Antonoff)
8 Like a River Runs (feat. Sia)
9 You’re Still a Mystery (feat. MØ)
10 I’m Ready to Move On / Wild Heart Reprise (feat. Susanna Hoffs)
11 Who I Want You to Love (feat. Natalie Maines)