As part of its Spotify Singles series, the streaming service just released a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's funky classic "September" by none other than Taylor Swift.
A statement from Spotify says she chose the song for "sentimental reasons," while Vox notes that she changed the date in the tune's opening line from September 21 to September 28--the day of the year when she met current beau Joe Alwyn.
As for Swift's twangy interpretation of the track, it's ethereal and folky--and very polarizing. While some listeners dig it, others consider it to be an abysmal, disrespectful selection.
"Maurice White did not die for this," writes Monique Judge in The Grapevine. "There are certain songs you don't mess with, especially if you don't have the range, and we all know Taylor Swift has all the range of a dial tone."
Artists do their own arrangements for covers all the time. I am not really sure why people are freaking out over Taylor Swift's cover of "September." If anyone has a solid reason, I'd genuinely like to know.— Chelsie Hadden (@ChelsieHadden) April 13, 2018
Twitter: How dare Taylor Swift cover September!1!— Chris Swiftie™ 🐍 (@HuffleBoy) April 13, 2018
An actual co-writer on the song: pic.twitter.com/WQeNqmO2vi
Wake me up when Taylor Swift's version of "September" ends— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) April 13, 2018