Extraordinary Machine

Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2005 Ratings: #81 / 456
User Score
Based on 388 ratings
2005 Ratings: #60
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The story behind Extraordinary Machine is a tantilizing one that helps to clarify some of what you're hearing across the record. From the initial recording to the label not seeing any definitive singles, Apple re-recording many of the tracks and the leak of the original album, and finally the finished album being released after laborous years. There was clearly a long road to come to what can be heard on Fiona Apple's third release, and it's worth digging into some of the story if you're ... read more
Fiona Apple binge part 3
Once again, Fiona Apple, makes an incredible batch of songs. However, I think this is her weakest project because the production is kind of bland and it doesn’t do anything new with her sound. Learning about the album’s history gains perspective. In case you don’t know, before making Extraordinary Machine, Fiona considered retiring from music, but then decided to make her third album. Extraordinary Machine was supposed to be released in 2002 but it was ... read more
While "Extraordinary Machine" isn't as gratifying as her other previous two records, and I heard about the troublesome development behind this album, it's still a gorgeous and extremely enjoyable ride! Fiona Apple, once again, showcases some outstanding songwriting matched with astounding vocal performances. The instrumentals are also terrific here, with every instrument sounding crisp and setting the mood perfectly for every track! I may be saying what other people are saying here, ... read more
While not as gripping as her previous two albums, Fiona Apple’s Extraordinary Machine is still a piece of work to behold, another fantastic record that yet again showcases her expertise in songwriting.

Over my time with Fiona, I have noticed a pattern of sorts -- a pattern of her intro tracks being some of the most gripping moments on their respective album: whether it be 'Sleep to Dream' off of Tidal, 'On the Bound' from When the Pawn, or 'I Want You to Love Me' from Fetch the Bolt ... read more
With a new Apple album coming in 10 days, after an 8 year gap, i figured a review would be appropriate. In particular i've decided to review what is obviously considered her weakest project, user score of 81 while the other 3 records are at 86 or 87, having said that, if the weakest album you make is 80+ you're clearly a talented artist.
Extraordinary Machine was initially shelved by Apple's label Epic Records in May 2003, for lack of a single that they felt they could promote the album with, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Extraordinary Machine
  2. Get Him Back
  3. O' Sailor
  4. Better Version Of Me
  5. Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)
  6. Parting Gift
  7. Window
  8. Oh Well
  9. Please Please Please
  10. Red Red Red
  11. Not About Love
  12. Waltz (Better Than Fine)
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