Did I Just Find a Cover of "All Too Well" That Actually Lives Up to Taylor Swift's Original?
I'm just going to get this out of the way: "All Too Well" is Taylor Swift's greatest song. I've heard the covers, and nothing does the original 2012 Red ballad justice, but Ruston Kelly's new version is actually a close contender. The singer — who is married to Kacey Musgraves — debuted his "All Too Well" cover on Thursday exclusively on Amazon Music. Sadly, that means you can only hear the full version if you're a subscriber, but the teaser clip alone is worth a listen. What makes the cover even better is the heartfelt statement Kelly gave to Billboard about why he pursued it.
"'All Too Well' is one of those special songs that never leaves you," Kelly said. "It follows you and haunts you and sticks to you because it reminds you of what you thought you'd finally forgotten. It teleports you to old magic feelings, the little perfect moments in a relationship way ahead of its doom. It shows you how happiness with someone can feel so infinite and true. But it calls to the end of things and it shows the colour of the flame. It f*cks you up."
Ahead, hear Kelly's new version, another clip he shared earlier this year, and Swift's full version in all its five minutes and 29 seconds of glory, which is best listened to on full blast with the windows down during a long car ride.