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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, Rovi
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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

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Track List: Every Single Night (Single)

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Track List: Pure Imagination (Single)

Comments

All girls break men, because they can ;-). Criminaly simple... Like men.
I totally dig you Ms. APPLE :-)
kzoe430
I have listened to this 23 times still not old i love this
eltridamexic o
Love Amy singing this one more..
I like her voice in Sally's Song. X3
Amy Lee sings it better not trying to offend any one just my personal opinion
saw her in Bend, Oregon....ma n y moons ago...
LVED HER SINCE DAY1
Fiona....... . .
She's good but I haven't heard s**t from her since like 1998
She is my favorite singer. No one moves me the way she does.
I like Bjork better...
Plz dont hate me
Fiona rules marry me Fiona
She looks like an Olson twin
battleship99
Tell it like it is Fiona!!! You ROCK!!!
ttoups7
Go Fiona Apple!!
The realist there is. ;)
1458091023
I love this song!!!:)
FiOnA yoUr ThE BeSt''whO feeLs iT KnoWs.famili a r : /
I love this song reminds me of so much <3
Beautiful voice, so elegant. I love her, first time I heard her was Across the Universe in PleasantVill e
Fiona knows exactly how to sing this song. I'm in looove with this version.
<…√3
"Extraordina r y Machine" benefits so much from repeated listens. I usually chafe at that line, but trust me. Some of the jerky kids at my high school drove her out, calling her Maggot (from her last name). I've got her text book from my mom's 12th grade Eng. Lit class (yeah, mom taught at my school), and all the doodles reflect the same quirkiness of her best songs. The "similar artists" ruin the station. What's really similar to her last couple albums, anyway?
watereddownf i r e f l y
Been in love with her voice since I first heard her cover of Across the Universe over ten or twelve years ago.. I just heard it again the other day on my Pandora, and realized that she has been one of my singing influences without my realizing it. Such a beautiful, sultry voice!
nushkin2
I love her voice...pass i o n for sure!
My family think I'm abnormal because the nightmare before Christmas is my favorite movie on this earth
Kiss your left hand 2. Say your crushes name 3. Close hand 4. Say weekday 5. Say your name 6. Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
She really is one of the best alive right now.
Fiona Apple's music is like medicine for beautifully tragic madness. I frequently turn to her healing.
I love her cover of sally song!!
love this song!!
I hate this song.
i agree with Diana... •_•
I've got my own HELL 2 raise
I think amy lee version is Better sorry /).(\
Great song
I love how she does her version of Sally song. I also like Amy lees version of it to but I prefer Danny Elfmans version best.
This is a good song. I love the meaning of the song!!
mstewart0561
She is an incredible song writer. to me one of the best in the industry.
My ex listened to Fiona and now I love her. Her music is awesome and always reminds me of my ex. Sweet and not so sweet times. She really plucks hard on these emotional strings. Feels good sometimes.
d.bergum
My daughter loves this song.
I am certain my family and friends are tired of my 10+ year Fiona obsession. I think she is absolutely amazing and the emotion she applies to each piano key can not be matched. Genuine and pure talent doesn't need constant publicity like the crap the industry pushes on you.
Amy Lee's version for Sally's Song is way better.....
Amy didn't write Sally's song O.o
Amazing... Light and darkness ... Lovely
I like Fiona, but I think Amy's version is better. It fits Amy too, since she did write the song. Fiona sounds dry, Amy's is eerie and spine tingling, which makes it perfect.
That cover of Across The Universe gives me chills and if I'm drunk; makes me cry tears of joy and remembrance.
Amy lee version is way better #sorrynotsor r y
idler wheel is my salvation
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