Fiona Apple - When The Pawn
Heaven (Holland) · 2000
by Eric van Domburg Scipio
Female singer/songwriter keeps her promise
When I first heard the ridiculous title of Fiona Apple's second album several months ago I was afraid she was planning to be the even more eccentric little sister of Tori Amos. On the first listen it turned out there was nothing to be afraid of. When The Pawn is an incredibly strong album that surpasses her debut Tidal and justifies the fact that it took Fiona almost four years to come out with new material. The best part of the album is Fiona Apple herself who doesn't only prove herself as a songwriter but also as a performer.
She's been able to come up with
original, coherent songs without
lending herself to unnecessary idio-crises. The second best part of the
album is producer Jon Brion, the man who also brought Aimee Mann's
brilliant album Whatever, and who has provided Apple with a divers
and original sound without having her choke in it. Tori Amos became too eccentric
that it started affecting the quality of her music after Little
Earthquakes, but Fiona Apple shows us that a certain amount of
normality doesn't have to make the songs "more normal", only
Many thanks to Jessica for the translation!