April 13th, 2018 – Taylor Swift released a Friday the 13th surprise today by dropping a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” as part of the Spotify Singles series. While Swift has achieved worldwide fame, industry awards, and more money than she knows what to do with, she’s also become the Anne Hathaway of music.
No matter what she says, does, or sings, people have something to say. Today was no different except for the fact that the reactions were more intense and more wide-spread. Julia Craven broke down the different styles of the two version in a review for the Huffington Post titled “I Listened To Taylor Swift’s ‘September’ Cover So Y’all Wouldn’t Have To.”
Throughout the piece, she pinpoints the biggest problem with Swift covering the song is cultural appropriation.
“I ain’t having it. Swift lacks the passion, the liveliness, the rhythm and, frankly, the soul to properly honor the song. Her version is purely banjos and twinkles and milky vocals and shit. (The irony of which is that banjos themselves used to be among America’s blackest musical instruments before they were appropriated by white musicians.)”
There were other takes, of course, that defended the 28-year-old singer in equally lengthy fashion. Dory Larrabee-Zayas of Hollywood Life attempted to remind people that covers are in and of themselves a tribute to and recognition of those who first held the mic. She also listed dozens of famous covers that didn’t get people this riled up.
The think pieces may have dominated media sites, but the zingers, those belonged to Twitter. Take a look at the most outrageous Twitter reactions that definitely included comparing Swift’s version to housing discrimination.
Kanye West: Puts wax nude bodies of women in a music video without their permission
Twitter: It’s art so it’s totally fine Taylor Swift: Releasing a slow, country cover of an Earth, Wind, and Fire song that has a special meaning to her Twitter: pic.twitter.com/IxofhSPfTn — Zach (@directmixswift7) April 13, 2018
I clicked “play” and it never played. When I tell you God got me…