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The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

Review Fiona Apple made her debut at age 19 with 1996's Tidal, which is certified triple Platinum. Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1997 and in 1998 she won a GRAMMY for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for one of the album's singles, Criminal. When the Pawn...followed in 1999, and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as the work of an original. In early 2005, fans organized a massive Free Fiona letter-writing campaign, insisting that her label release the long-delayed follow-up album, Extraordinary Machine. Released in the fall of 2005, Extraordinary Machine was named the top album of the year by The New York Times, which called it magnificent, and was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone, which praised it as her strongest and most detailed batch of songs yet. Five years later, Extraordinary Machine earned a spot on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 00s list, underscoring how her work continues to resonate powerfully.
Fiona's first album since 2005, The Idler Wheel, is a 2012 Grammy Nominee for Alternative Album of the year. She has received countless accolades taking over Top 10 album lists from such credible sources as Time Magazine, New York Times, Pitchfork, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and more.
Extraordinary Machine

Review Fiona Apple Tidal US CD album
When The Pawn...

Review Tidal is the debut album by Fiona Apple, a New York singer-songwriter-pianist who was 18 years old at the time of its 1996 release. Apple is obviously talented--she has a dark, smoky alto and a knack for an arresting turn of phrase--but she's still several years away from realizing her potential. For every fresh lyric she writes ("Daddy longlegs, I feel that I'm finally growing weary of waiting to be consumed by you"), she provides two examples of embarrassingly precious schoolgirl poetry ("Adagio breezes fill my skin with sudden red," from the same song, "The First Taste"). She also has yet to refine her moody piano chords into actual melodies, though "Shadowboxer" comes close. --Geoffrey Himes
Tidal

Review Watkins Family Hour - an acclaimed musical collective featuring siblings Sara and Sean Watkins along with Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Don Heffington, Greg Leisz and Sebastian Steinberg - will release their debut, self-titled album on July 24. Additionally, in celebration of the release, the collective will take their "variety show of epic proportions" (Los Angeles Times) to cities across the U.S. this summer kicking off with a performance at the Newport Folk Festival.
Watkins Family Hour, recorded live over three days in the studio of their friend and producer-engineer Sheldon Gomberg, captures the freewheeling spirit of the collective's live shows. An all-covers affair, the album additionally includes Sara leading vocals on the Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace," Sean essaying Roger Miller's wistful "Not In Nottingham," from Disney's 1973 animated Robin Hood, and Apple singing "Where I Ought To Be," originally performed by Skeeter Davis.
Utopia

Review Japanese single for Fiona's cover of the Beatles' tender classic that was featured on the 'Pleasantville' soundtrack. It's backed with a live version of 'Sleep To Dream' and edit versions of 'Criminal' & 'Across The Universe'. 1999 release. Sony.
Masseduction

Review Just in time for Valentine's Day comes Sweetheart 2014, a collection of indelible, handpicked covers from a remarkable group of modern musical dreamers who artfully grapple, in one way or another, with that most vexing of subject to ever befall mankind, L.O.V.E. Sweetheart 2014 (Hear Music/Concord Music Group) will be available on CD exclusively at Starbucks and all digital outlets beginning February 4th, 2014.

The fifth in a series created exclusively for Starbucks, Sweetheart 2014 features 13 all-new recordings by Jim James, Vampire Weekend, Fiona Apple, Phosphorescent, Brandi Carlile, Beck, The Head and the Heart, Ben Harper, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Valerie June, Blake Mills, Bahamas and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. The eclectic performances also serve as a love letter to the essential songwriters covered here.

Track List:
1. Turn Your Lights Down Low - Jim James (Bob Marley cover)
2. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiṛ) - Vampire Weekend (Andrea Bocelli cover)
3. Love - Beck (John Lennon cover)
4. Tomorrow Is a Long Time - Phosphorescent (Bob Dylan cover)
5. Don't Forget Me - The Head and the Heart (Harry Nilsson cover)
6. Happy Or Lonesome - Valerie June (Carter Family cover)
7. Always on My Mind - Bahamas (Willie Nelson cover)
8. If You Were Mine - Thao & the Get Down Stay Down (Ray Charles cover)
9. Fade Into You - Ben Harper (Mazzy Star cover)
10. I'm In The Middle Of A Riddle - Fiona Apple featuring Maude Maggart (Anton Karas cover)
11. The Chain - Brandi Carlile (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. I Hope - Blake Mills (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Stevie Wonder cover)

Begin to Hope

Review EU three disc set features her albums; Tidal, When the Pawn... and Extrodinary Machine. Sony. 2010.
Melodrama

Review 12 Track
A Moon Shaped Pool

Review Fiona Apple made her debut at age 19 with 1996's Tidal, which is certified triple Platinum. Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1997 and in 1998 she won a GRAMMY for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for one of the album's singles, Criminal. When the Pawn...followed in 1999, and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as the work of an original. In early 2005, fans organized a massive Free Fiona letter-writing campaign, insisting that her label release the long-delayed follow-up album, Extraordinary Machine. Released in the fall of 2005, Extraordinary Machine was named the top album of the year by The New York Times, which called it magnificent, and was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone, which praised it as her strongest and most detailed batch of songs yet. Five years later, Extraordinary Machine earned a spot on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 00s list, underscoring how her work continues to resonate powerfully.
Fiona's first album since 2005, The Idler Wheel, is a 2012 Grammy Nominee for Alternative Album of the year. She has received countless accolades taking over Top 10 album lists from such credible sources as Time Magazine, New York Times, Pitchfork, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and more.
Sleep Well Beast

Review Fiona Apple Tidal US CD album
Mental Illness

Review Tidal is the debut album by Fiona Apple, a New York singer-songwriter-pianist who was 18 years old at the time of its 1996 release. Apple is obviously talented--she has a dark, smoky alto and a knack for an arresting turn of phrase--but she's still several years away from realizing her potential. For every fresh lyric she writes ("Daddy longlegs, I feel that I'm finally growing weary of waiting to be consumed by you"), she provides two examples of embarrassingly precious schoolgirl poetry ("Adagio breezes fill my skin with sudden red," from the same song, "The First Taste"). She also has yet to refine her moody piano chords into actual melodies, though "Shadowboxer" comes close. --Geoffrey Himes
When The Pawn...

Review Watkins Family Hour - an acclaimed musical collective featuring siblings Sara and Sean Watkins along with Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Don Heffington, Greg Leisz and Sebastian Steinberg - will release their debut, self-titled album on July 24. Additionally, in celebration of the release, the collective will take their "variety show of epic proportions" (Los Angeles Times) to cities across the U.S. this summer kicking off with a performance at the Newport Folk Festival.
Watkins Family Hour, recorded live over three days in the studio of their friend and producer-engineer Sheldon Gomberg, captures the freewheeling spirit of the collective's live shows. An all-covers affair, the album additionally includes Sara leading vocals on the Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace," Sean essaying Roger Miller's wistful "Not In Nottingham," from Disney's 1973 animated Robin Hood, and Apple singing "Where I Ought To Be," originally performed by Skeeter Davis.
Tidal

Review Japanese single for Fiona's cover of the Beatles' tender classic that was featured on the 'Pleasantville' soundtrack. It's backed with a live version of 'Sleep To Dream' and edit versions of 'Criminal' & 'Across The Universe'. 1999 release. Sony.
Extraordinary Machine

Review Just in time for Valentine's Day comes Sweetheart 2014, a collection of indelible, handpicked covers from a remarkable group of modern musical dreamers who artfully grapple, in one way or another, with that most vexing of subject to ever befall mankind, L.O.V.E. Sweetheart 2014 (Hear Music/Concord Music Group) will be available on CD exclusively at Starbucks and all digital outlets beginning February 4th, 2014.

The fifth in a series created exclusively for Starbucks, Sweetheart 2014 features 13 all-new recordings by Jim James, Vampire Weekend, Fiona Apple, Phosphorescent, Brandi Carlile, Beck, The Head and the Heart, Ben Harper, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Valerie June, Blake Mills, Bahamas and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. The eclectic performances also serve as a love letter to the essential songwriters covered here.

Track List:
1. Turn Your Lights Down Low - Jim James (Bob Marley cover)
2. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiṛ) - Vampire Weekend (Andrea Bocelli cover)
3. Love - Beck (John Lennon cover)
4. Tomorrow Is a Long Time - Phosphorescent (Bob Dylan cover)
5. Don't Forget Me - The Head and the Heart (Harry Nilsson cover)
6. Happy Or Lonesome - Valerie June (Carter Family cover)
7. Always on My Mind - Bahamas (Willie Nelson cover)
8. If You Were Mine - Thao & the Get Down Stay Down (Ray Charles cover)
9. Fade Into You - Ben Harper (Mazzy Star cover)
10. I'm In The Middle Of A Riddle - Fiona Apple featuring Maude Maggart (Anton Karas cover)
11. The Chain - Brandi Carlile (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. I Hope - Blake Mills (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Stevie Wonder cover)

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

Review EU three disc set features her albums; Tidal, When the Pawn... and Extrodinary Machine. Sony. 2010.
Masseduction

Review 12 Track

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