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Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple defied categorization or any easy career path, almost running the pattern in reverse, opening her career as a highly touted and popular alternative singer/songwriter, then transitioning into a cult artist. Apple certainly benefited from the open-door policy of modern rock in the mid-’90s, following the path of crossover alt-rock piano-based songwriters like Tori Amos, but Apple was hardly an Amos copycat: she had a strong jazz undertow in her vocal phrasing and melodies, she had richer arrangements, she had a poppier bent to her songs. All these things helped her 1996 debut, Tidal, find a wide audience, one that increased considerably in the wake of the controversial video for the single “Criminal,” but Apple made it abundantly clear that she wasn’t an amateur provocateur with her sophomore album, When the Pawn Meets the King, an album that increased her critical reputation and cult, which would be pillars of support during her intense battles while making her third album, Extraordinary Machine.

Born to singer Diana McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart in 1977, Fiona Apple started playing and writing songs at the age of 12, in an effort to work out a traumatic childhood that included a rape at the age of 11. Apple continued to write, leaving high school for Los Angeles at the age of 16. She cut a demo tape that eventually earned her a contract with Sony Music in 1995. Teamed with producer Andrew Slater, she cut her debut, Tidal, releasing the album in the summer of 1996.

Tidal was a slow build, earning critical acclaim and a cult that exploded when the controversial video for “Criminal” turned the single and album into a hit. Mark Romanek’s seedy, suggestive clip was overtly sexual -- a path Apple notably avoided afterward -- but it did the trick, helping the album reach the Top Ten and earning Apple a Grammy. Despite this titillation, Tidal appealed to the middle of the road, a path Apple definitively rejected with her next album, 1999’s When the Pawn Meets the King. The entire title was a 90-word poem, a fair indication of the artistic ambition that lay within. Produced by Jon Brion, the album was dense, literate, and melodic, not matching the commercial success of the debut but deepening her cult. Despite a romance with director Paul Thomas Anderson -- she contributed to the soundtrack of his 1999 magnum opus Magnolia -- Apple retreated from the spotlight, fostering an element of mystery that only grew when her next album experienced a series of delays.

By 2003, the lack of a sequel became a sensation among some music message boards, where rumors swirled that Sony rejected her newest music for being uncommercial. Within the next year, unfinished mixes leaked onto the Internet and the saga of the album spilled over into the mainstream, earning ink in The New York Times. All this helped usher the album to completion in the fall of 2005, when the original Brion productions were tweaked and expanded with producer Mike Elizondo, who helped Extraordinary Machine reach its final shape. The album was greeted by generally positive reviews -- some compared it not entirely favorably to the leaked album -- and the record received healthy sales. In its wake, Apple maintained a moderate presence, touring with Nickel Creek in 2007 and appearing with the Watkins Family at times during their residency at the Largo in Los Angeles. In 2012, Apple previewed three songs from her fourth studio album (which boasted a typically enigmatic title in The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do) to a wildly enthusiastic audience at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Produced by Apple with her touring drummer, Charley Drayton, the album earned excellent reviews upon release in June 2012. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

1. Every Single Night

2. Daredevil

3. Valentine

4. Jonathan

5. Left Alone

6. Werewolf

7. Periphery

8. Regret

9. Anything We Want

10. Hot Knife

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Track List: Extraordinary Machine

1. Extraordinary Machine

2. Get Him Back

3. O' Sailor

4. Better Version Of Me

5. Tymps (The Sick In The Head Song)

6. Parting Gift

7. Window

8. Oh Well

9. Please Please Please

10. Red Red Red

11. Not About Love

12. Waltz (Better Than Fine)

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Track List: When the Pawn

1. On The Bound

2. To Your Love

3. Limp

4. Love Ridden

5. Paper Bag

6. A Mistake

7. Fast As You Can

8. The Way Things Are

9. Get Gone

10. I Know

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Track List: Tidal

1. Sleep To Dream

2. Sullen Girl

3. Shadowboxer

4. Criminal

5. Slow Like Honey

6. The First Taste

7. Never Is A Promise

8. The Child Is Gone

9. Pale September

10. Carrion

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Track List: Every Single Night (Single)

1. Every Single Night

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Track List: Pure Imagination (Single)

1. Pure Imagination

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just as sexy as shakira
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You suck
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heavymetal35 9
❤❤❤❤❤
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this cover is so emotionless wtf
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this cover is so emotionless wtf
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peetah up lol xd
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Fvck yeah, fiona Rocks
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I absolutely will forever love Fiona Apple. I hope she comes out with another album. Tidal is by far my favorite. All her songs in that album I love love love. Fast as you can is really good too.
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This album (Tidal) got me through some tough times when I was a teen. I love Fiona!
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This version is so melancholy and I love it.
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This girl ruined Sally's voice :(
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I love you into eternity Miss Apple, I do. Wish I could meet you indeed,.that ' d be a dream come true. ������http:/ / m e d i a 3 . g i p h y . c o m / m e d i a / 9 g n 4 l h W 6 w i Q 6 c / 2 0 0 w . g i f
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I've loved Fiona Apple ever since her first ablum and she still has yet to disappoint.
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Great song with great voice. Sad background
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Like Amy Lee's version WAYYY better...... . . . . s t i l l ok tho......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . I guess....... . . .
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My 1st song I heard by Fiona was Shadow Boxer. I got hooked immediately. Love her style.
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LIKE THIS SONG MEANINGFUL LYRICS :-)
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I love her cover of Sally's song ����☺️
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Love Fiona!
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love this song
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kateleerodes
One of the most underrated female artists of all time. Incredibly unique.
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Fair enough
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Never is a promise
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My feet ARE on the ground

Got my own hell....to RAISE

Love this song

0:o)
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The bio written is HORRIBLE.
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Once again, Stephen Erlewine f**ks up the bio.
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Shadow boxer
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Saw her in Waikiki Hawaii back in 2000, great concert. True artist to her craft.
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How good is the ending to, "Never is a Promise," ???? It trails off as if the singer is going to give up/surrender , mirroring the lyrics. But then it rushes back, full throated resistance against the surrender. RAGE RAGE!!! RAge against the dying of the light.
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Fiona is a goddess....
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celesterayna u d
I like you.
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Tidal is brilliant..s o eerie and tranquil. RARE
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I loved Fiona since the day her first hit was played on the radio ( shadowboxer) I'll always listen to her magical voice
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Tidal is one of the greatest debut albums from an artist and one of the standout albums of the 90s, which is no small feat given the immensely creative output from the decade. She is a more articulate, more musically grounded sort along the lines of contemporary Beth Gibbons of Portishead, who's debut is also one of the best, transcending the decade from which it emerged. Tidal can be played from beginning to end without filler. It is evocative, sublime, and original. So so so very good. They do
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many songs in fact :)
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ur unreal! Songwriting/ S i n g i n g / P i a n o . . . t y for being you. and ty for giving my 19 yr relationship a song to keep us reminded of our love!
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Slow like honey! Great sexual song.
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Fiona is a queen.
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I like the languid, check the playback speed that sounds like it was recorded just after waking from a heroin nod.
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ccremeans84
Huh????? Meeee????
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apharris039
I never heard this song before and I have never seen the movie to it or eny thing what I don't like the song it does not have a cool tune to it
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joecool1955
I love Jack skellington
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Love her voice.
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I love Fiona Apple ��
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<3
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love her
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I love Fiona, I've listened to her for as long as I can remember. Her soothing voice would always make my eyelids heavy and cause me to fall asleep, or she would make me want to dance and sing. When one of her songs was on American Horror Story all I could do was smile knowing that more people would find her music and fall in love c:
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Love Fiona, my favorite is her cover of Bill Withers "Use Me", which isn't even available on here
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I don't like Fiona apple geez if your gonna really redo a song at least do it better because this is not good at all in my opinion no offense
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Its been quite the purposeful good decade that I have lived with her in my life.
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