Fiona Apple - When The Pawn
HEAT Magazine (UK) · Feb 24, 2000
by Sarah Cohen
(four stars out of five)
In a nutshell: The talented 22-year-old returns with an astonishing, varied collection of edgy love songs that pack emotional punch without unleashing the overpowering angst delivered by many of her contemporaries.
What is it like?: Apple's rich voice effortlessly glides from angry growl to sweetly seductive hum, augmented throughout by her versatile bluesy piano and subtle percussion. This is the sound of a wordly-wise romantic who's fully aware she occasionally teeters on the brink of madness - "My derring-do allows me to dance the rigadoon around you," anyone?
How many good tracks?: An impressive ten out of ten.
Best track: The loping opener On The Bound
Best line: "And if you wanna make sense/Watcha looking at me for/I'm no good at math" from A Mistake
Verdict: This won't be to everyone's taste, but for sentiment without schmaltz and brassiness without bile When The Pawn is peerless.
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