Across the Universe
Fiona Apple

BILLBOARD    Oct 26  '98

Fans of 1997 breakthrough prodigy Fiona Apple's fire-and-brimstone angst are in for quite an eye-opener on this overtly understated slow shuffle, a druggy refashioning of the classic Lennon/McCartney composition, taken from the soundtrack to "Pleasantville.''   Set amid raindrop-like percussion and gently strummed guitars, Apple ambles through this indelible melody with an appropriate dose of detachment, singing "Nothing's gonna change my world'' amid verses that signal chaos and discontent.  This song will breathe intensity into and provoke immediate attention from the airwaves, only to be supercharged by a brilliant black-and-white videoclip directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.   This track is poised to accompany top 40 and modern rock radio listeners far into the season and is certain to elevate Apple to a level only hinted at on her debut, "Tidal.'' We call this an "important'' record.   fin