When The Pawn 
Fiona Apple
jrowe5e@mwc.edu   Nov 12 '99

After much anticipation, I finally got WTP... To be truthful, I was very scared about my new purchase. I had enjoyed Tidal so much that I was wary that this could be a sophomore bomb. Almost reluctantly I listened to it for the first time, hoping that it lived up to my expectations. It has and more.

Fiona's album, hasn't only evolved musically as so many have raved, but lyrically. Let me expand my thoughts. I think it's important to mention that many (may I mention older) critics have said Fiona's lyrics haven't matured. As far as I'm concerned, that's fine. You know what? Fiona and I are only a year apart. I relate to her lyrics and poetry, and that's why they are so treasured to me. Of course a staunchy forty year old fat beer guzzler isn't going to think her lyrics are "mature". If that is what mature is, I'll run the other way.

Furthermore, Fiona has departed from her more "poppy" ways. Halleluiah!! Today Pop is Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. Fiona makes music . She doesn't make wasteful garbage with no meaning. I appreciate that.

I think I shall end this with a quote a la' American History X. Fiona once said that "One day she will look back and cringe..." or something to that effect. I believe Mark Twain said, "Twenty years from now you are going to be more disappointed in the things you didn't do, than the things you did do. Throw off your bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." WHEN THE PAWN... is nothing to cringe about, but something to rejoice about!

Jess "Rowe"