Ryan Adams performs at Roskilde Festival on July 2, 2015 in Roskilde, Denmark
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October 26, 2015 4:15 AM EDT

Ryan Adams revealed how deep his admiration for Taylor Swift runs when he compared the 25-year-old singer-songwriter to Shakespeare in a recent interview with the Guardian.

Adams’ song-for-song cover of Swift’s album 1989 was released with some controversy and plenty of eye rolling, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the American rock star, who said working on the record was like being an actor “in Ghostbusters or something, and then all of a sudden I have to go do Shakespeare.”

And the 40-year-old revealed that the first Swift song he fell in love with was “White Horse.”

“The first time I heard it I got chills head to toe,” Adams told the Guardian. “I remember feeling shocked by her voice, shocked at how clean that song was. I like stuff that sort of penetrates through my regular consciousness and hits me where I’m not looking. That’s usually stuff that’s a little darker.”

Read the rest of the interview at the Guardian.

Write to Mark Rivett-Carnac at mark.rivett-carnac@timeasia.com.

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