Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser ...

"Today marks the official release of 'The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do,' a relatively short name from a woman who once used an eight line poem as an album title. The seven year span since 2005′s Extraordinary Machine has given Fiona Apple plenty of time to redevelop, tweak, redevelop again, and mature her sound to its fullest nature. With eclectic melodies stripped down yet full of complex subtleties, the sounds work to further highlight the real showcase- Apple’s sweet tremolo voice and raspy poetry. With three area performances, including two this weekend ... it would be worth the time to get acclimated to these 10 tracks of wonder. 'Idler Wheel…' runs the gamut of brutal emotion, from the passion of the hope for love in Valentine to howls of tortured anger over a failed relationship in Regret. Anything We Want, a song performed on Jimmy Fallon on the eve of the album’s release, has Apple coyly playing the child-like innocence of romance with seductive maturity in the same breath. The album closes with Hot Knife, a round of symphonic beauty that melts across the ears with a richness that would make Paula Deen blush" (Nick Caito, "New Releases," Sound Check, 6/19/12).

View catalog record here!


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