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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

Manic descants, discordant pianos and abrupt changes in time signature at once complement and compete with each other in a carefully crafted clatter.

100
The Young Folks
The album, is so complex and filled to the brim with emotion, that it requires multiple encounters. With every repetition of the Fiona Apple experience, new sounds and lyrics are discovered, making it an attentive journey that sees no end. Sonically intimidating at times, you can’t help but want to know more about each and every song.
100
Spectrum Culture

It may seem presumptuous to assume a brand new album is destined for that level of canonization, but let’s be clear: Fetch the Bolt Cutters is a triumph, one designed with emotional and creative fearlessness and made by someone with absolutely nothing to prove and the drive to make exactly what she wants to make.

100
Slant Magazine

On a purely musical level, it’s a bold experiment in pop craft, a collection of songs on which Apple stretches her talents in adventurous new directions ... Most importantly, the album is a vituperative catalog of the failures and pointless cruelties of a society propped up by fragile, nihilistic, patriarchal ideology.

100
Loud and Quiet
Like the very best music, it contains multitudes – it’s a rallying cry for those without a voice, a deep lesson in empathy, a dive into a singular mind, a damn good pop record. Listen. Find out what it means to you. We’ll be talking about it for a long time.
100
Albumism
Fiona Apple’s ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ Is a Vital, Visceral Call to Action for All of Us.
100
Northern Transmissions

It’s a staggering artistic statement, one that doesn’t come along often, straight from her head and into all of our hearts.

100
Exclaim!

The scope of Fetch the Bolt Cutters' meaning, its infinite feeling, will likely take years to fully absorb. An album like this doesn't come often, and an artist like Apple will never come again — she's given us an invaluable piece of light, a reminder to stay alive and awake and angry and kind.

100
A.V. Club

This album is Apple sounding assured with where she’s at in life and wishing the same for anyone holding similarly toxic cards.

100
Consequence of Sound

Let’s not sugarcoat it. This is not an easy listen. Yet, for those willing to give it the attention it deserves, Bolt Cutters delivers a much-needed auditory exercise for the sequestered masses and surely one of the best albums to grace us in 2020.

100
The Line of Best Fit
Some albums are worthy of such electric apprehension, and the chains leashing this poetic, wit-filled, ramshackle beauty should be broken. Fuck it. Fetch the bolt cutters. This feels special.
100
The Guardian
This seems not so much an album as a sudden glorious eruption; after eight long years, an urgent desire to be heard.
100
The Telegraph

This is an album that conveys one woman’s rage, vulnerability, confusion and wisdom in ways that we haven’t quite heard before.

100
Pitchfork

Fiona Apple’s fifth record is unbound, a symphony of the everyday, an unyielding masterpiece. No music has ever sounded quite like it.

96
Paste

Apple tackles a similar range of emotions on Fetch the Bolt Cutters that she has dealt with before, but in a new, fiercer way.

91
Entertainment Weekly

There is nothing diminished about the fierceness of her presence on Fetch the Bolt Cutters, an album that feels both playful and urgent, melodic and chaotic, expansive and crammed with tiny definitive details.

90
Rolling Stone

For longtime fans who are expectantly, perhaps giddily, steeling themselves for another brutal LP from Apple, Fetch The Bolt Cutters will not disappoint.

90
Uncut

Fetch The Bolt Cutters is mostly the soundtrack of liberation, not recrimination, with Apple's piano keys, battering on the walls and barking dogs as its percussive, beating heart.  And her words are wicked and wise.

90
PopMatters

Bolt Cutters would be praised for its rawness and its bloodletting were it not for the fact that it is also charming, so considered, and so unapologetic for being the rattling, risqué record that it is.

90
Louder Than War

Fetch The Bolt Cutters is a remarkable album that couldn’t feel any more timely.

90
AllMusic

It's rare to listen to a pop album and have no idea what comes next, and Fetch the Bolt Cutters delivers surprises that delight and bruise at a rapid pace.

90
musicOMH
While it’s certainly not an album for background listening, those who are willing to invest some time in it will be rewarded by one of the most remarkable records released this year.
90
Clash
‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ feels like a seminal moment. Fiona Apple on a career of highs might just have produced her finest work yet. An album that we will surely look to as a cultural text, with its cutting commentary of contemporary culture and its feminist narratives.
90
FLOOD Magazine

Fetch the Bolt Cutters is as cold as it is overheated, as vibrant as it is humble, as noisily rhythmic as it is solemn, and as set-back and alone as it is welcoming of friends and pets.

85
Under The Radar

Guttural, soft, cacophonous, and poetic, Fetch the Bolt Cutters is a reminder of Apple’s genius and that we are all interconnected, one people, existing in a pulse.

80
The Arts Desk
This album turns the sound of panic attacks and partially overcome self-loathing into proudly rigorous art. It’s another step out of the title’s locked room.
80
The Observer

Fetch the Bolt Cutters is a strange and exceptional record, even within the context of an uncommon career.

80
NME
‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ will cut straight to the gut for Apple fans old and new, and leave behind indelible messages about her life and illustrious career, now spanning two decades. It’s an intoxicating listen – and one of her best.
80
Mojo

A bold and completely undiluted vision, Apple's fifth is something to behold.

80
Classic Rock
Forget the bolt cutters, Apple's already shed her last shackle.
70
The Needle Drop

Fetch the Bolt Cutters has plenty of great ideas, but is sometimes betrayed by its raw presentation and quasi-experimental direction.

60
The Irish Times
There is nothing close to easy listening on Fiona Apple’s new album, but that’s par for the course for one of the most intriguing songwriters of the past 25 years.
BradTasteMusic
92

Listening to Fiona Apple’s previous works helps put this album to scale, as this has a magnitude and intensity like nothing she has worked on previously. It runs smooth like a hot knife through butter.

It seems to only get more intense and more appreciation from me the more I explore it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard an album like this before. This is really a journey... but this isn’t a starting point for Fiona Apple that’s for sure

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MusicN
100

Preamble:
In the space of the 3 months Fiona Apple has quickly grown to be one of my favourite artists ever. I'm a little bit addicted to rating my favourite artist's discographies (as I assume a lot of us are and it's why we're gathered here on this site) and, for me, this is absolutely my favourite of hers now.
With raw, distinct instrumentation paired with hard-to-beat lyrical prowess, FTBC lets the listener feel lots of different and genuine emotions; it’s hard for me to find many ... read more

TreyLikesBands
71

Throughout the past week, preparing for her first album in 8 FUCKING YEARS, I have been listening to all of her albums through once again, fully immersing myself in the quaint vignettes of her past. "Fetch the Bolt Cutters" is nothing different, albeit still invigorating, endlessly creative, and cleverly zany. Syncopated piano arpeggios and drum fills are still very prevalent, calling back to her past release "The Idler Wheel"... but this time, the entirety of the record ... read more

FelipeBessa
94

I Want You To Love Me (10/10)
Shameika (10/10)
Fetch The Bolt Cutters (10/10)
Under the table (9,5/10)
Relay (10/10)
Rack Of His (9/10)
Newspaper (9/10)
Ladies (9/10)
Heavy Ballon (10/10)
Cosmonauts (9/10)
For Her (9/10)
Drumset (9/10)
On I Go (9/10)

96

Almost missed this

92

I discover something new to love with each listen - phenomenally chaotic.

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Track List

1I Want You To Love Me
3:57
95
2Shameika
4:08
95
3Fetch the Bolt Cutters
4:58
92
4Under the Table
3:21
94
5Relay
4:49
91
6Rack of His
3:42
90
7Newspaper
5:32
90
8Ladies
5:25
91
9Heavy Balloon
3:26
92
10Cosmonauts
3:59
94
11For Her
2:43
93
12Drumset
2:40
87
13On I Go
3:09
86
Total Length: 51 minutes
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Added on: March 16, 2020