This has been released for quite a while but there was so much else to report that somehow this bit of information got skipped all the way until now. Taylor Swift has released a cover of Vance Joy’s “Riptide” song. This is a great deviation from all the pop music that has been happening ever since “1989” came out. I even loved it when Taylor performed “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “Love Story” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” a few days ago at Kiss FM’s Jingle Ball 2014.
Vance Joy is an Australian singer-songwriter who has one album and an extended play released as of now. His song “Riptide” is a single from his debut EP “God Loves You When You Are Dancing” (2013), however it also was included in his debut studio album “Dream Your Life Away” (2014).
Listen to Vance Joy’s “Riptide”
Here are the lyrics to “Riptide” by Vance Joy from Lyrics.com
I must admit, “Riptide” is a really great song. I love the lyrics, the tune and the video. Vance Joy has a great voice too.
Buy Vance Joy’s “Riptide” on iTunes / Amazon
Buy Vance Joy’s first studio album “Dream Your Life Away” on iTunes / Amazon
So let’s talk about Taylor Swift’s version of “Riptide”. I almost always give prominence to the original song, if I’m comparing it against a cover. So even in this case a huge applause to Vance Joy for creating this beautiful piece of music. However I do believe Taylor Swift’s version of “Riptide” is a little more emotional–the way it fits for the song. The highs and lows on Taylor’s cover is more suiting to the song, in my opinion. But then again I’m an acoustic music freak. So it may have affected my conclusion a lot. But I adore the original version as well.
Watch Taylor Swift’s Cover of Vance Joy’s “Riptide”
Performing it on Live radio makes it even more worth. She is so talented. Taylor Swift performed “Riptide” at BBC Radio Live Lounge while playing her keyboard. She looked flawless and the song came out so damn gorgeous.
One more thing I love about this cover is that it takes us back in time to a pre-1989 era where Taylor was more Country than POP. I love the POP era, and this is a refreshing change to the hundreds of hours I have spent listening to “1989”. I anyway love it when Taylor gives more prominence to her vocals than the music–where music stays limited to one keyboard or a guitar.
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