AceShowbiz - Taylor Swift recently surprised her fans by releasing an acoustic version of "Delicate" and a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's classic hit "September" as part of the Spotify Singles series. Instead of feeling excited about the new songs from the 28-year-old superstar, some people slammed the singer, particularly for her cover of "September".
On her cover of "September", Taylor is back to her country root, changing the R&B, soul and disco classing into a country ballad. Many fans of the original song were offended by her move, writing such things as, "is that legal?" "Literally no one asked for this," and "I'd rather set myself on fire."
One hater described it as "unseasoned boiled chicken breast sounded like in song." Another echoed the remark, writing, "No one who loves that song takes a classic and makes it sound like unseasoned chicken."
"Taylor Swift covering Earth Wind and Fire is the exact kind of evil the Devil tries to bring to pass on Friday the 13th. I suggest tossing some salt over your shoulder keeping it moving," read another comment. Another added, "That Taylor Swift cover of 'September' sounds like housing discrimination."
Monique Judge, a columnist for the black culture magazine the Root, also said, "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."
Not all hated the song, though. "Wow @taylorswift13's cover of September, suddenly i am frolicking in a field of sunflowers in a pale blue dress with my non existent boyfriend, he lifts me up & we twirl in the sunflowers & probably get an allergic reaction but we don't care because there never was a cloudy day," one wrote.
Another Twitter user who defended Taylor wrote, "angry about taylor swift's september cover? fear not for i have a stunningly elegant and creative solution! step 1: don't listen to it - step 2: continue to not listen to it - step 3: repeat."
Taylor also changed the song's opening lyric from "Do you remember the 21st night of September?" to "Do you remember the 28th night of September?" While the meaning behind the September 28 date is unclear, many speculate that it's a reference to a special date with boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
Meanwhile, "September" co-writer Allee Willis had nothing but good words for Taylor's cover of the song. Allee, who joined the band's writing sessions in 1978, said in a statement to Billboard, " 'September' was my first hit and favorite song of mine I ever have had the joy of being a part of. Taylor Swift is the absolute cherry on top of a very soulful and happy sundae."