AOTY 2017
When the Pawn
Fiona Apple - When the Pawn
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1999 Ratings: #44 / 96
User Score
Based on 81 ratings
1999 Ratings: #17
November 9, 1999 / Release Date
LP / Format
Clean Slate / Epic / Label
Jon Brion / Producer
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Pawn is immediately grabbing, and instead of fading upon further plays, it reveals more with each listen, whether it's a lyrical turn of phrase or an unexpected twist in the arrangement.

80
Pitchfork
Fiona seems older. Her voice is full of a heartfelt soul that seems almost timeless.
70
Rolling Stone

Apple has the talent, not to mention the fame and fortune, to seclude herself from the big bad world ahead of her. But Fiona II makes you hope that she'll find a way to use her talent as a connection to the world instead. Because she's an artist who deserves a shot at growing up.

50
NME

For her second album of Amos-aping MTV-branded Lilith Fair fodder, the barmiest, prettiest pretender to Tori's throne of corporate crackpot chic deals unashamedly in that tired and trusted heavyweight heart-tugging currency: relationships.

Nov 19, 2017
90
I should’ve known this would happen; if I liked one Fiona Apple album, I’d become a hopeless diehard. We all know that Fiona Apple has undeniable charisma, but exactly what it is about her that inspires such devotion in her fans isn’t quite clear. As one of these devoted fans, “When the Pawn …” is pretty magical. The more upbeat and propulsive jazz-pop arrangements behind her piano is a perfect fit for her voice, and Fiona herself turns in a performance for ... read more
Jun 27, 2017
plowo
86
her second best
Sep 16, 2015
Sinestroll
96
Best Songs: Paper Bag; Fast As You Can
END OF YEAR LISTS
#10/SPIN
Track List
  1. On The Bound 
  2. To Your Love 
  3. Limp 
  4. Love Ridden 
  5. Paper Bag 
  6. A Mistake 
  7. Fast As You Can
  8. The Way Things Are
  9. Get Gone
  10. I Know
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royalflush, philthy


Added on: June 18, 2012