Ryan Adams talks a good game about ignoring critics and bad reviews, but the truth is he can be as thin-skinned as anyone else in response to discouraging words. For example, there’s the tweet below (which Ryan has apparently since deleted), inspired by some gratuitous social-media snark about DRA 1989 from New York Times critic Jon Caramanica — who also had some underwhelming things to say about that album when it came out back in September. Ouch…
UPDATE: Some responses from Carmanica are also below. It seems that he, too, is now Blocked By Ryan Adams on Twitter — and taking it in stride.
The word is out: Monday (Sept. 21) is when Ryan Adams’ cover version of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album will be digitally released. Among the many people avidly awaiting DRA 1989 is Swift herself, who put out the response below via Instagram. Swift also tweeted that Ryan covering her songs “is surreal and dreamlike” because “Ryan’s music helped shape my songwriting,” capping the whole thing with a Countdown to #RyanAdams1989.
Meantime, take a listen to the preview of the 1989 track “Bad Blood” — which is pretty great, I’d say!