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Not wanting to fuss around here, I love this album!
Okay, now the review.....
So I was in student mode, scouring amazon for albums at 1p and among the bargain basement shop of horrors was an album title that lets just say caught the eye. I snapped it up for nothing and thought no more of it. When the bundle arrived, I unexpectedly listened through each album of dud noodling jazz fusion until Fiona Apple kicked over the coffee table. From the very first moment of On the Bound, the pace may not be furious but the over compressed crunch of the drums and the dramatic stabbing of piano layered with various distorted, melodic goodies is outright amazing. And her voice, wow, this sultry tone telling me "maybe some faith will do me good" before unleashing a fiery refrain in the chorus of "you're all i need!". How this girl was not talked about was almost criminal.
It totals a tight 10 songs, To Your Love or Love Ridden or the Way Things Are could easily be my favourite but not a song lingers in poor quality.
Anyway, I shouldn't need to convince anymore. Just buy it!
A friend who shared similar musical tastes recommended me this artist. Thinking I had nothing to lose (other than a few pounds!) I purchased her latest album. It was a decision I am very pleased to have made. When the Pawn... is the long awaited album from Fiona Apple, which follows up from her debut album 'Tidal', released back in 1996. Although doing well in the United States, Fiona Apple is the type of singer still overshadowed in this country in support of today's hugely popular boy band and pop culture. This is a great shame considering how talented she is. Fiona Apple has a remarkable gift for writing songs that are not only unforgettable but poignant too. From the angst filled to the more upbeat songs you can be guaranteed each and every one is fantastic. The album is consistently good and is without any of that substandard material that has a habit of filling other artists albums as though they've run out of good material. Fiona Apple is quite different from today's other artists. Her voice is very distinct (an aspect I love) and her writing style sets her out from the crowd. Of a particular note, the album's title is actually 90 words long and is in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest title ever. I would definitely recommend buying Fiona Apple's album. If you don't want to splash out straight away check out some of the online Music Stores which allow you to sample her material to see if it's for you. Enjoy!
She’s back with a new album. The first thing I noticed about this was that she has some more upbeat songs on this album and generally a jazzier sound. “Fast as you can” is a good example of this and was a good choice for her first single. It was Sara Cox’s record of the week on Radio 1. “Limp” and “Paper Bag” are also excellent upbeat songs. “Love Ridden” is a gorgeous mellow track and so is “I Know” which is a brilliant ending to the album. When the Pawn surpasses her excellent debut album and guarantees that she becomes more than a one album wonder. I look forward to her future releases.
The angst-ridden one is back, and this time she's released one hell of an album. When the Pawn... is one of those albums that you either love or you hate and I personally love this album, even though the most upbeat miss apple gets is fast as you can there isn't one bad song on here and in todays crazy music world thats quite an accomplishment. But people will ignore this woman in favour of the more Pop acts so she still isn't getting much exposure in this country. But to not listen to this album is a big mistake because even though she doesn't sing the usual upbeat cheery songs, she still manages to place each song in your memory. So if you want to listen to a real musician then buy this album now!!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 On the bound
2 To your love
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