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Extraordinary Machine

By: Fiona Apple

Current Price: $3.40

Fiona Apple Artist Snapshot:

It may have been tempting to dismiss the 19-year-old Fiona Apple as flavor of the month when her 1996 debut record, TIDAL, earned raves from critics and scores of articles about her appeared in the press. But the outspoken Apple, heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and the poet Maya Angelou, was clearly more than a teen sensation. Provocative videos and constant MTV exposure shot her to almost instant notoriety, but it was Apple's wise-beyond-her-years music that made her a force to be reckoned with. After an epic, highly publicized struggle with her record company over creative issues, Apple's greatly anticipated third album, EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE, was released in 2005.

Track Listing

DISC 1 for Extraordinary Machine Album By Fiona Apple
1   Extraordinary Machine
2   Get Him Back
3   O' Sailor
4   Better Version of Me
5   Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)
6   Parting Gift
7   Window
8   Oh Well
9   Please Please Please
10   Red Red Red
11   Not About Love
12   Waltz (Better Than Fine)

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Album Description

CD AUDIO SIDE: Entire Album

DVD SIDE * Entire album in Enhanced LPCM Stereo * Brand-new videos for "Not About Love" and "Parting Gift" (live), never before released * Live performances of 5 songs filmed at the club Largo in Los Angeles, including "Fast As You Can" and "Paper Bag" * Behind-the-scenes footage

Product Notes

Fiona Apple, brooding, brainy belter and capital-A artist of near forbidding depth, begins her much gossiped-over third CD on a lark. The title track, one of two songs produced by Jon Brion before the label dispute that prompted hip-hop producer Mike Elizondo (50 Cent, Eminem) to step in, sounds like a Judy Garland number slathered with irony or something Rufus Wainwright might have had a hand in--strings soar, beats bump around skittishly, and notes require a ladder. But playful as it is, by the time the chorus kicks in it's clear why the world has missed Fiona Apple so much. Young female artists who have stepped into the spotlight since she fled it six years ago-- Nellie McKay and Joss Stone spring to mind for their cleverness and heat, respectively--seem slight in comparison. With every track ticked off, in fact, Extraordinary Machine moves listeners a little closer to what might be a correct assumption: that everything they've dipped into since 1999's When the Pawn ... was filler. Fans will feel it especially on "O'Sailor," a gimlet-eyed lament, and "Tymps," a tight piano track with a tip of the hat to hip-hop. It's "Window," though, with its lyric about "a filthy pane of glass" fogging up a clear view, that sums up the experience of this CD best. "I had to break the window," Apple sings, smoky-voiced as ever. "It just had to be." With Extraordinary Machine, she shatters already sky-high expectations. -Tammy La Gorce

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