Keeping you wired with
the latest info on Fiona's album! The timeline of printed album info from
various sources can be followed from the bottom up, with latest events on the top.
Sonic Net, August
24, 1999 - Today's lead news story for Sonic Net unfolds the release date of November 9th and "the longest title" in history for
"Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple will break a three-year silence Nov. 9 when she releases an album that may have the longest title in the history of rock 'n' roll -- 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 -- is the full title of the singer's sophomore album, according to spokesperson Luke Burland.
The album, produced by musician Jon Brion (Aimee Mann, Rufus Wainwright), will be preceded by the first single, "Fast As You Can." The upbeat, almost frantic rock song is propelled by a boogie-woogie piano riff, Beatlesque backing vocals and a funky drum beat that has the feel of a drum & bass dance track. The enigmatic songstress delivers the chorus in her trademark throaty deadpan, singing, "Fast as you can/ Baby, run free yourself up/ As fast as you can.
Guest musicians on the 10-track album include session-drummers Matt Chamberlin (Macy Gray) and veteran Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan, John Lennon) and Patrick Warren, the keyboardist from Apple's 1996 debut. Drummer Butch, from the pop-band the Eels, who uses only his first name, plays on the songs "Limp" and "To Your Love."
Producer Brion plays a variety of instruments on all the album's songs, which also include the tracks "Love Ridden" and "Paper Bag," according to Burland.
Apple has been at work in a Los Angeles studio honing the album since January. The eagerly anticipated release is the follow-up to the singer's multiplatinum debut, Tidal (1996),"
Official WORK site -
fionaapple.com, April 21, 1999 - Today, the breaking news was just given
on Fiona's album to be released in September! They posted:
"Fiona is working hard on her follow up to her platinum debut album Tidal with producer Jon Brion. We are expecting to release her new album in September of this year! Stay tuned for more details!"
Don't be surprised if it's released near her birthday, which is September 13. Typically, albums are released on Tuesdays so it can either be the 7th, 14th, 21st, or 28th. But, there are always exceptions. ;)
Sonic Net, February
5, 1999 - Sonic Net reports:
"Singer Fiona Apple is in a Los Angeles recording studio working with producer/musician Jon Brion on tracks for her eagerly anticipated sophomore album, according to a spokesperson for her label. The still-untitled effort is expected in late 1999. The album is the follow-up to Apple's smash 1996 debut, Tidal, which featured the radio hits 'Shadowboxer' and 'Sleep to Dream.'"
MTV News, January
19, 1999 - This from an excerpt about Fiona
not appearing on Foxy Brown's Chyna Doll (which a few days ago we posted
in our News after confirming this ourselves with reps from DefJam Records).
"Meanwhile, Apple herself is planning to head into a studio in the next few months to begin work on the follow-up to her 1996 debut record, Tidal. The project will reunite Apple with producer/multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion, who performed on Tidal and recently produced Rufus Wainwright's self-titled debut. Since Tidal, Brion has also played keyboards on records for Elliot Smith, the eels, Grant Lee Buffalo and Mary Lou Lord. No word yet on when Fiona Apple is expected to deliver her highly anticipated sophomore album."
Entertainment Weekly, January
22, 1999 - In a sidebar written by Andrew
Essex forecasting music for 1999, we read:
"An as-yet-untitled second CD from Fiona Apple, due to be harvested this fall." They also say that "she's currently working in Los Angeles with Jon Brion," producer. She "spent the past year working on new music in the creative company of boyfriend Paul Thomas Anderson, the auteur behind 'Boogie Nights.' Between Anderson's influence and the rich musical talents demonstrated on Tidal, insiders are betting Apple's artistry will remain just as tart."
So, she's currently working on the album due out this fall. Again, these are not definite sources to put all our hopes in, but look for further clarifications as time goes by.
Los Angeles Magazine, January
1999 - A snippet
from an article on Jon Brion written by Neal Weiss:
"in a major coup, he will helm Apple's sophomore album this spring." A major coup? Does this mean he took over for Andy Slater? We'll let you know when we find out. This is the first we read that Fiona is yet to go into the studio to work on her follow up album, although we'd heard from an inside source that this was the case. Clearly they scrapped the first effort, although some of the tracks previously recorded may be saved.
soundtrack, October 13, 1998 - Fiona releases two cover songs in the "Pleasantville"
"Across the Universe" produced by Jon Brion and "Please Send Me Someone to Love" produced by Andrew Slater. The video for "Across the Universe" is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and gets limited airplay, but receives critical praise.
- In an interview with James Servin, we get
first wind of Fiona being in the studio recording her follow-up album for Tidal.
Fiona seems rushed and not able to allow herself the creative process.
"Apple has spent three days in the studio working on her follow-up to Tidal, but she's not happy about being here. She feels rushed. There is the title: Initially called Corrupt, it's morphed into a variation that Apple spells out on my pad: Okerupt. She explains in a dry tone: 'It's like okay, erupt. Like I'm going to erupt on this album.' Or you could read it, 'Oh corrupt,' as Apple also does, you'd have to hear her say it wearily to really get it."
"Track titles include 'Limp,' 'Paper Bag,' 'Fast As You Can,' 'On The Band' and 'Love Ridden' - 'Like plague-ridden' she adds. This collection of songs is not nearly as introspective as Tidal, she says, but at this early stage, who knows what shape the album will take? Of the song 'Limp,' she explains, 'It's about when people try to make you feel that there is something wrong with you, because they have a need to be a savior. They make you feel like you're crazy just so that they can be the ones that help you. But I'm not going to give them the opportunity anymore.'
"The article continues, including dialog with her manager Andy Slater, and how she doesn't feel like recording on that Saturday evening, or the next day. Fiona said after her manager left, "'You just witnessed a big step, because the option is always there to work. He'll always mention it, and I will say yes. And that's why I've killed myself in the past.' Fiona Apple pats herself lightly on the arm. 'Good girl,' she whispers, and then exhales."