When the Pawn

Fiona Apple - When the Pawn
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1999 Ratings: #38 / 98
User Score
Based on 121 ratings
1999 Ratings: #19
November 9, 1999 / Release Date
LP / Format
Clean Slate / Epic / Label
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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.

hellodecatur
93
He said "it's all in your head"
And I said "so's everything"
But he didn't get it
I thought he was a man but he was just a little boy
musicmagpie55
88
When The Pawn is substantial and overwhelming, where Tidal felt like a sexy cold shoulder, WTP is brimming with a fiery intensity that sounds like she may explode at any moment. There are some of Fiona's most vivid and visceral images on this album; every syllable cuts the skin. 'Paper Bag' is perfect, and 'Limp' and 'Fast As You Can' are right behind! It is mindboggling that she maintains the quality through her career.
amygoodall
85
good
WildChameleon
86
Why did I not listen it :o ?
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
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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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