When the Pawn

Fiona Apple - When the Pawn
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Based on 8 reviews
1999 Ratings: #31 / 116
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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.

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.


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.

From the beginning Fiona Apple has always been an unapologetic, blunt, and honest musician. This can easily be gleaned both through public persona and music, as Apple never seemed to have an intention of being disingenuous. When Apple accepted the award for best new artist at the MTV Video Awards back in 1997 the speech stated "This world is bullshit." Even if the speech also encouraged people to be themselves that was really all the public needed to hear to form an impression.

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Yeah I think this is her best, it’s just quintessential Fiona at this stage.

Standout: Paper Bag
Favs: I know, To your love, Limp, A mistake, On the Bound, Fast as you can, Get gone
Least fav: The way things are
When the Pawn String Pops
Fiona Apple's 2nd studio album somehow still shines above the rest of her already impressive discography, with one of the most powerful breakup albums to grace the music scene. Emotional, raw, introspective ranging from anger to passion to the bitter sweetness occupied by that lovely piano makes for an impression.

Track Review

On The Bound 9.5/10
To Your Love 9/10
Limp 9.5/10
Love Ridden 9.5/10
Paper Bag 10/10
A Mistake 9/10
Fast As You Can 10/10
The Way Things Are 8.5/10.
Get Gone 9/10
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* On The Bound (8.5/10)
* To Your Love (8/10)
* Limp (10/10)
* Love Ridden (9/10)
* Paper Bag (9/10)
* A Mistake (8.5/10)
* Fast As You Can (9/10)
* The Way Things Are (7.5/10)
* Get Gone (8/10)
* I Know (9/10)
* Across The Universe (8.5/10)

Nota Final: 86/100
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Added on: June 18, 2012