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    Yeah I'm making a whole thread just for this album. Fuck the overall Fiona thread, I want to talk about this and this specifically.

    It's hard for me to explain how much I love this woman. She's easily the best female vocalist of our generation and her lyrical talents are equaled only by the true greats of all time. As a thoroughly "male" personality, there's something that always draws me in about great female songstresses almost more than any man can in that I'm more impressed by an artist who can make me identify with a part of the human condition that I feel so inherently distant from. When I listen to her words and the passion with which she sings them it makes me feel like I know the plight of every crazy woman I've ever known and loved.

    What are everyone's favorites? Thus far, Jonathan, Left Alone, Werewolf, Periphery and Anything We Want are just killing me. Hot Knife to me feels like her just demonstrating to the world what a fucking genius of harmonies and lyrics and singing she is. Can't wait to see if she tries to pull it off live and what it would sound like.
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    I've only listened to a few tracks on the NPR stream so I won't be able to opine until Tuesday. Do you have tickets to see her on this tour?
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    Default Re: Fiona Apple -- The Idler Wheel

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    It's really boring when people use this thread to post about their successes.
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    Default Re: Fiona Apple -- The Idler Wheel

    I really like Left Alone, but I've only listened to the song once.

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    Thread is necessary. Fiona is a straight up soul singer in my eyes and probably the best songwriter around right now. I think "Werewolf" is my favorite, with "Hot Knife" and "Every Single Night" right behind it. There aren't any bad songs on here.

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    I love it so much. Her voice sound stronger than ever and the songs are complex and mysterious... I love the sparse percussion and piano melodies interracting with Fiona's voice... Favorite songs have to be Valentine, Jonathan, and Left Alone, but I've found myself muttering wow to nearly every song on the record. Easily could be my top record of the year when everything is said and done.

    Though I disagree with her being the "best female vocalist of our generation" she is definitely in the running. Obviously this isn't a thread for that discussion.

    If Coachella doesn't book Fiona this year they are seriously fucking up. I need her to have Outdoor sunset. Needs to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GolfWang View Post
    Thread is necessary.


    There aren't any bad songs on here.
    Yes.

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    In the Misc Lounge? I recommend The True Death.
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    Adding youtubes and my favorite lyrical excerpts:



    Jonathan



    Left Alone--a serious masterpiece for her particular niche.

    And now i'm hard, too hard to know
    I don't cry when i'm sad anymore, no no
    Tears calcify in my tummmy
    Fears go inside the bottle
    How can i ask anyone to love me
    When all i do is beg to be left alone

    Oh and i tried to love
    And i can love the same man and the same bed and the same city
    But not in the same room it's a pity but
    Oh
    It never bothered me before
    Not til this guy
    What a guy
    Oh god what a good guy
    And i can't even enjoy him
    Cause i'm hard, too hard to know
    Oh i don't cry when i'm sad anymore, no no
    Tears calcify in my tummy
    Fears go inside the bottle
    How can i ask anyone to love me
    When all i do is beg to be left
    When all i do is beg to be left
    When all i do is beg to be left
    Alone
    I actually originally heard the lyric as "how can I expect anyone to love me when I all do is beg to be loved," which I actually think is a better line but what can you do. The things she does with her voice on the "tears calcify" part is just gorgeous.



    Werewolf--wow does this shit ever remind me of a lot of the carnage I've left in my wake unintentionally with women. One of her best choruses ever:

    But you were such a super guy til the second you get a whiff of me
    We are like a wishing well and a bolt of electricity
    But we can still support each other
    All we got to do is avoid each other
    Nothing wrong when a song ends in the minor key
    Nothing wrong when a song ends in the minor key


    Anything We Want--this whole song makes me think of being a teenager again when the cute shit you do trying to get laid is still sweet and optimistic and it's all nice memories of going pool hopping and shit like that. Just reposting the lyrics doesn't really do justice to how well they play out in her intonations through the course of the song:

    Let's pretend we're 8 years old playin' hookey
    I'll draw on the wall and you can play UFC rookie
    Then we'll grow up and take our clothes off
    And you remind me that I wanted you to kiss me
    When we find some time alone

    And then we can do anything we want
    And then we can do anything we want
    And then we can do anything we want
    And then we can do anything we want
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    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmjamalawesome View Post
    In the Misc Lounge? I recommend The True Death.
    I refused to post anywhere but the Misc Lounge during the newb invasion of 2008 and I'm keeping it that way.
    Quote Originally Posted by amyzzz View Post
    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somewhat Damaged View Post
    I've only listened to a few tracks on the NPR stream so I won't be able to opine until Tuesday. Do you have tickets to see her on this tour?
    Yeah, Palladium. Can't wait, though I wish it was The Wiltern or somewhere else with seats. Saw her at Largo recently and I was amazed how cheerful she seemed.
    Quote Originally Posted by amyzzz View Post
    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    Good call on Valentine, I'd forgotten about it. So lovely. Possibly her best lyric work in a classical sense. Right up there with Etta, Billie, any black chick ever.

    You didn't see my valentine
    I sent it via pantomime
    While you were watching someone else
    I stared at you and cut myself

    Its all ill do cause i'm not free
    A fugitive too dull too flee
    I'm amorous but out of reach
    A still life drawing of a peach

    I'm a tulip in a cup
    I stand no chance of growing up
    I've made my peace i'm dead i'm done
    I watched you live to have my fun

    I root for you, i love you
    you you you you

    I made it to a dinner date
    My teardrops seasoned every plate
    I tried to dance but lost my nerve
    I cramped up in the learning curve

    I'm a tulip in a cup
    I stand no chance of growing up
    I'm resigned to sail on through
    In the wake of tales of you

    I root for you, i love you
    you you you you
    Quote Originally Posted by amyzzz View Post
    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    P4K score: over/under 9.0? For better or (likely) worse, it will drive a lot of commentary on this album. We'll know in about a half hour.
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    Pitchfork will give it like a 7.2 I guess. I fucking hate Pitchfork. Far as I'm concerned, it's already album of the year.
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    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    I actually think they're gonna come in big on this, the ultimate indie reclaimation project. And it will bring in an audience that otherwise wouldn't pay attention to this release.
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    You're actually counting on Pitchfork to give a good review to an actually good album?
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    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    They only gave When The Pawn an 8 and the Jon Brion version of Extraordinary a 7.8, which should each be at least a point higher.
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    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    i love this album as well. she's matured a lot since when the pawn. her softest voice is strong. she glides effortly through the notes. i don't know all the song names yet, but i'm a fan. i'm sick of seeing comments about her wweight. she's always been skinny, shut the fuck up and/let the beautiful bitch sing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RotationSlimWang View Post
    Right up there with Etta, Billie, any black chick ever.
    I would agree with this if Etta James ever had a lyric as fucking stupid as "I'm amorous but out of reach".
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    Etta didn't really strive for any interesting wordplay in her lyrics either though. It was basically just all about love, fairly monosyllabic, etc. Also I don't see what's so stupid about that lyrics. It's a nice dichotomy. I want to kiss you but don't fucking touch me. That's kinda the essence of what makes Fiona so good--she encapsulates that.
    Quote Originally Posted by amyzzz View Post
    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canexplain View Post
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    Huh, no shit. Well they need to go back and fix those other ratings then, but still glad to see it. I wonder if there was just so many good tunes back around When The Pawn that it was easier to ignore what a masterpiece it is.
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    They're stealing your material, Randy:

    "Left Alone" is nothing short of a vocal masterclass. It has the singer going from the verses' rap-like cadence to the hook's curlicue jazz stylings to the operatic long notes of the bridge-- notes that slowly curdle underneath their own exasperated weariness. This makes sense considering Apple is a child of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and hip-hop, a songwriter who's spiking the Great American Songbook with today's mirror-upon-mirror confessionalism. She's able to convey more with a quick, original turn of phrase-- "my woes are granular," for one-- or an in-the-moment scrunch of the face than many pop stars are able to muster with 100-foot screens and volcano pyrotechnics.
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    I ran out of white dove feathers
    To soak up the hot piss that comes through your mouth
    Every time you address me

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    didn't etta mostly sing other people's music? it seems like a lot of her songs are credited to other writers and she thanks them during her sets.
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    They've all always been ripping me off.
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    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chairmenmeow47 View Post
    didn't etta mostly sing other people's music? it seems like a lot of her songs are credited to other writers and she thanks them during her sets.
    Another good point.
    Quote Originally Posted by amyzzz View Post
    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    Yes, this album is amazing. I've only listened to it twice through on the stream so I haven't had the chance to soak it all in yet..but i can't wait to do so on Tuesday. Buying this is a must.

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    Default Re: Fiona Apple -- The Idler Wheel

    Also, no love for Daredevil? One of the stand-out tracks imo



    "Say I'm an airplane and the gashes I got from my heartbreak
    Make the slots and the flaps upon my wings, and i use 'em to give me lift"

    And the vocals at 1:45 are fucking incredible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miroir Noir View Post
    Well, will you look at that. Nice one, Miroir

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