Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel

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age-3273″ title=”The_Idler_Wheel” src=”×300.jpg&#8221; alt=”” width=”300″ height=”300″ />After seeing Fiona Apple almost a month ago, I decided it was finally time to check out the album she is currently on tour to support. It’s been a while since we last saw Ms. Apple, her last album, Extraordinary Machine, was released in 2005, and her new album brings some new elements as well as some familiar ones that fans have come to expect from Fiona Apple.

The new album, The Idler Wheel, is actually an abridged version of the actual title. Apple’s fourth studio album’s full title is The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do . This isn’t the first time Apple has had a long album title. In 1999, her album’s shortened title was When the Pawn, but the full title is actually 90 words (is that some kind of record?). This is the full title:

When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He’ll Win the Whole Thing ‘Fore He Enters the Ring There’s No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won’t Matter, Cuz You’ll Know That You’re Right.

It’s a good thing that the critically acclaimed chanteuse delivers a great album along with the ridiculously long title. The first single ,“Every Single Night”, is deceiving, but not in a bad way. Apple starts the song in a quiet voice with a soothing lullaby quality, then breaks in with a warrior-like chant, and goes right back to the softer singing. It was actually a bit off-putting for me at first, but grew on me.

The track “Anything We Want” has a very animalistic sound to it, and when Apple was performing it, she didn’t hold back. “I kept touching my neck to guide your eye to where I wanted
ou to kiss when we find some time alone” The song starts off as a seduction, but finds more depth towards the end as she talks her lover into ignoring the people who try to drag them down. It’s very simple but intense.


The final track, “Hot Knife”, is one of my favorite tracks, because it’s such an interesting and cool track. The intro has Apple singing, almost like she’s singing on a jazz track (she sounds like she should be scatting), and it’s over a bass drum, and that’s it. If any other artists tried to make this work, they would fail miserably, but somehow she makes it work and makes it sound both effortless and flawless.

It’s a shame that Apple really only tours and puts out albums what seems like every seven years, and while her albums may not get commercial success, they always seem to please the fans. Fortunately, the critics were with her for her latest effort as well. This album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, Apple’s highest charting album to date. This is a must-listen for Fiona Apple fans and people looking to try something a little different.


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