Taylor Swift shared a country-tinged cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's classic "September" this morning (April 13) as part of the Spotify Singles collection, which had fans excited about her return to the "old Taylor".
The move, coming on the back of Swift's Spotify exclusive video for Delicate, is the latest evolution in her relationship with streaming.
It is still unclear whether Swift will sing some of the most popular songs that she released years ago. But what was probably meant to be received as a tender reinterpretation of the hit, casting it in a never-before-seen light, has ended up falling flat. Mark Villaver, one of the top 10 contestants from So You Think You Can Dance season 14, is among the dancers in Swift's crew. This reworking, better suited to open-mic-night at the local than an worldwide superstar, probably wouldn't even had made the B side of her debut album. Artists will usually choose to re-record one of their own songs in a different fashion, as well as cover a song that means something personal to them.
It's Swift's whimsical self awareness that's perhaps her greatest strength.
"It annoyed me that people said [Taylor] was encouraging me because I know that she probably got a lot of negative criticism for that".