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Ryan Adams turns to Taylor Swift for help on his version of '1989'

Ryan Adams turns to Taylor Swift for help on his version of '1989'

What if “The End of the Innocence” meant as much to Taylor Swift as “Like a Prayer”?

That’s one of many questions that animates Ryan Adams’ “1989,” on which the crafty alt-country singer reimagines Swift’s blockbuster pop album as a polished roots-rock disc. Here his lodestars aren’t Madonna or Fine Young Cannibals, as Swift has identified hers, but Don Henley and Tom Petty (whose “Full Moon Fever” also came out in 1989).

Nobody who’s followed Adams’ career will be surprised by how deftly he channels the sound of that era. In the decade and a half since he released his solo debut,...

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