Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Fetch the Bolt Cutters
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MusicN
95
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
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

Edit(100 -> 92): this ... read more
Inglume
NR
There's a common Chinese saying I feel faithfully encaptures, in a weird way, the feeling and spirit when indulging in Fiona Apple's art — 留得青山在, 不怕没柴烧 — Where there are green hills, there is wood to burn. It's a phrase worth different meanings, but one can interpret it as taking care of good health, finding hope in life or building oneself strong enough so nothing may tear you down. The Bolt Cutters is a plethora of chaos, yet it's also a liberating starlight. ... read more
TreyLikesBands
83
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
TheGod
100
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Doublez
89
If I had to describe Fetch the Bolt crudely, I'd say it's a masterpiece that sounds timeless.Combining perfectly the winning combo in my opinion, a high level of instrumentalization, a splendid interpretation/writing and finally the fact that you will always be pleasantly surprised, has such points that you will ask yourself that she slows down, in order to have time to digest.

How far will it go ? As if her discography career wasn't already out of the ordinary for a "contemporary" ... read more
heyizlan
95
haha 1st 100 of the year haha
WHO ALLOWED THE STROKES AND FIONA APPLE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUMS IN THE SAME MONTH
Plats
99
Fiona Apple has always been that rare artist that gets recognition for slowly and steadily releasing top-quality albums. She and Epic agreed that there will be no deadlines for her work, so she has taken all the time she needed to make her music as good as humanly possible. It's been nearly 8 years since "The Idler Wheel" and she has finally released her latest album, "Fetch the Bolt Cutters". Not only has Fiona surpassed her last album in terms of quality, she has somehow, ... read more
DCCXX
25
I'm really in the minority here but there was hardly anything on this album that stood out to me. Music I love the most encapsulates emotion, with forefront melodies really grabbing at the notion of why and how we feel as humans. Fetch the Bolt Cutters feels like the antithesis of this, and eschews any strong emotion in lieu of cacophany, quirk and humour. While I can admire when these elements are scattered throughout a project, 50 minutes of this doesn't feel warranted, and thus its lyrical ... read more
marvelgaryen
98
It appears we got another huge candidate to the AOTY best album spot in 2020. Fiona Apple in all her greatness, releases yet another masterpiece, apparently this woman doesn't know how to not be flawless. Production wise, this songs are elevated to its maximum. Her voice is impeccable, I'm not kidding, it's PERFECTION in all the letters.
Well, I guess the question you must ask yourself before listening to this project is: "Do you wanna go to heaven?".
JacksonLerner
99
fiona Apple with another oddball. at thirteen songs, ‘newspaper’ stands as the centerpiece of this percussive record. once that song clicks; the rest is irresistibly genius. she is so goddess.

fiona always adds some hidden minutiae and such to play on our minds // musical expectation:serving against sexism and patriarchy.

fiona ascended, AND SHE KNOWS THAT: she’s the only musician i know that’s better w i t h o u t job brion. she has piano CHOPS, iconic phrasing, and ... read more
koner1
92
Fiona Apple is back with a vengeance.

She’s fed up and for good reason. Fiona Apple has never had it easy in the industry that she was thrust into at a young age. Whether it being shamed by the media for an honest-to-god acceptance speech or having to re-record an album in its entirety just to see it released, she’s never seemed to catch a break.

Her life has also been troubled outside of her career too. Due to a traumatic event that occurred to her at the age of 12 (look it up if ... read more
VP
10
incredibly overrated album.

for aoty graphomaniacs this album is only another hollow reason to write their rave reviews
MasterCrackfox
98
After listening to this album three times through, and having loved everything Fiona Apple has done over her long career, the only thing to really say about this album is it's magnificent. The manic and unbridled energy intertwined with the beauty and elegance is something completely removed from any of her previous works. Sure, it tailors itself on the minimalistic and often subdued The Idler Wheel far more than her early work of the 90s and 2000s through its strange yet effective percussion ... read more
WhatTheFunk
65
The Extroadinary Revenge Machine

On "Fetch the Bolt Cutters", composed behind closed doors in her home where she has been living in seclusion for several years, Fiona Apple makes few outside borrowings. But this quote-title comes from elsewhere and opens all doors. It's a sentence from an episode of the crime series 'The Fall', pronounced by the investigator played by Gillian Anderson in a scene where she finds a woman victim of rape, kidnapped, and asks for a bolt cutter to free ... read more
CLJesse
80
What's this? CLJesse...gets the hype....no...never...it...it can't be...what have you done to me Fiona? Give me my soul back.

Jokes aside, this may not be a 10, but this is the real deal. FTBC is an easy breath of fresh air from the generally middling, boring side of music that is singer-songwriter. Apple seamlessly blends her pop tendencies with a very earnest, personal, and emotional touch. While the record does tend to drag a bit, this is a must listen for 2020.
DevinONeill
86
Everyone's saying this is AOTY but just you wait til Van Weezer drops. Oh boy.
Supertartory
99
Welcome to my actual review of this album. This album is insane.
In one night, it topped the aoty charts with a peak of 93.
It topped rym with a peak of around 4.5
Pitchfork gave its first 10 in a decade.

What makes this album so special? That's a very difficult question to answer. This album is unique, it is very unique. On its own it may not sound like much, but... there is so much going on here, on every track, everything seems to be crafted to perfection, everything works. The writing is ... read more
Fhhgvnjscvbbg
100
Fiona Apple Binge Part 5

THIS IS A FUCKING CRAZY MASTERPIECE
There’s probably not a lot of people who will see this review as it will be buried under the hundreds of reviews given to Fetch the Bolt Cutters, but goddamn this is Fiona’s masterpiece and one of my favorite albums. This review is coming from someone looking back at this album after listening to it around 20 times.

Fetch the Bolt Cutters was my introduction to Fiona Apple. I was always planning on listening to her ... read more
nostalgia
90
2020 MUST HEAR ALBUM #13

It's been a few days since this dropped and I've been in love with it from first listen but it really didn't seem right for me to put a review up straight away. This is a special album and I think I'm finally ready to format my feelings on it into text.

In my eyes, this is easily Fiona Apples magnum opus. While in a lot of ways it isn't too dissimilar in its structure to some of her previous works, 'Fetch The Bolt Cutters' sees Fiona at her most enthralling, sharp, ... read more
WildChameleon
94
Ooooh Fiona Apple is here, and this time she is fully in control of her music.

One of the main caracteristic of fletch the bolt cutters is her percussion and oh boy they are so inventive ! Just take Relay, the work is astonishing. She is waving with different rythmic which could have turned a big mess but no, every part of the tracks are pretty much mastered. There are not just percussion, the usual piano is here but also "jazzy" instrumentation here and there (Ladies is a good ... read more
Sosuke_Arima
96
AOTY Frontrunner

After an eight-year wait, Fiona Apple finally delivered to us her fifth opus, Fetch the Bolt Cutters. The album delivered sees Fiona at her most unshackled and most audacious hour; a rambunctious collection of thirteen tracks that has as much bite as it does poise.

Studying Fiona Apple’s catalogue, one of the most fascinating things that springs up is the how her music tends to be very personal. Her art strikes me as a mere vehicle for her thoughts and emotions; a ... read more
Doofy
49
Felch the bolt cutters?

Dunt mind if I do
cakenator
91
This... I have been missing out, I would like to apologize for doubting this album and this is just great. I adore almost every track and I will need to listen to this a couple more times.
favorite track: for her
least favorite track: ladies
musicmagpie55
85
Fiona Apple makes Fetch happen with her nauseatingly good fifth album.

It's an extremely focused and cohesive record where Apple composes arrangements that bang with physical exertion. These songs push on the edges of legibility and coherence. The discernable tempo and key changes only add to the chaotic urgency that charges her performance. These are masterfully composed songs with hauntingly relevant lyrics that Apple shouts to the back of the auditorium so the people on the wall can hear ... read more
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