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Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Fiona Apple

2020

Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Album Summary

Fetch the Bolt Cutters is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. It was released on April 17, 2020, Apple's first release since The Idler Wheel... in 2012. The album was recorded from 2015 to 2020, largely at Apple's home in Venice Beach. It was produced and performed by Apple alongside Amy Aileen Wood, Sebastian Steinberg and Davíd Garza; recording consisted of long, often improvised takes with unconventional percussive sounds. GarageBand was used for much of this recording, and Fiona Apple credited the album's unedited vocals and long takes to her lack of expertise with the program. Rooted in experimentation, the album largely features unconventional percussion. While conventional instruments, such as pianos and drum sets, do appear, the album also features prominent use of non-musical found objects as percussion. Apple described the result as "percussion orchestras". These industrial-like rhythms are contrasted against traditional melodies, and the upbeat songs often subvert traditional pop structures. The album explores freedom from oppression; Apple identified its core message as: "Fetch the fucking bolt cutters and get yourself out of the situation you're in". The title, a quote from TV series The Fall, reflects this idea. The album also discusses Apple's complex relationships with other women and other personal experiences, including bullying and sexual assault. It has nevertheless been referred to as Apple's most humorous album. Fetch the Bolt Cutters was released during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many critics found its exploration of confinement timely. It received significant critical acclaim, and was described as an instant classic and Apple's best work to date. The album was awarded Best Alternative Music Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, with "Shameika" winning Best Rock Performance. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the US Top Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums, with 44,000 equivalent album units. It also charted in the top 15 in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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Rating

3.24

Votes

3632

Genres

  • Pop
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5

This is what the first month of the Covid Pandemic felt like. And it's such a fucking banger. Quite simply, it's a masterpiece. The album was released about two weeks after the pandemic started, and I'd spend days just listening to this over and over again. Fiona Apple had, of course, recorded the album months previously, yet she somehow found a way to capture exactly how everyone felt when it was released. Just everything about the album, including the cover photo featuring an insane close-up of Fiona giving it a claustrophobic feel. And the title that's an immediate call to action, suggesting a way out of your current predicament. Two years after it's release, every song from top to bottom remains a killer. My favorite song seems to change with each listen, but I have a special spot in my heart for "Newspaper", which only gets better with every repeat listen. This is Fiona Apple firmly distancing herself from every female recording artist who debuted in the '90's and basically left them in the dust. She out-Exiled Liz Phair, jagged right through Alanis, and firmly put the Fiona Apple who blasted onto the scene with "Tidal" in her rearview mirror. She's going to be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with relatively ease. When she first hit the music scene, Fiona Apple won an MTV Video award and proceeded to tell the audience that "this world was bullshit". And people lost their ever loving shit. How dare this skinny little waif act so unappreciative and vulgar! Fiona Apple was right about the world back then, and she's still right now.

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5

Geez people really turned on this album didn’t they. Music still seems good to me. Weird that the current top review here knocks the lyrics for “every other word being fuck this and fuck that” when there’s… a single f-bomb across the entire album? Lots of projection going on when it comes to the content of the album; you’re telling on yourself, bro.

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5

Fiona is going to go down as a national treasure in the US. I felt so strong and powerful after listening to this album that I had to revisit her earlier stuff to see if the same feeling applied. Of course, it did. Her artistic choices are so apparent in this album that her genius really shows. Loved listening to this (over and over). It deserves the Grammy's that it won and she deserved not to have to go to the show!

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Ok so here we have a 52min (sigh) slab of angry gen X girl quirkiness.... only it's not 1995 anymore. Apple is almost 10 years older than me and all I can think is how immature this is. Every second word was fuck, every second lyric was something like "no, I won't shut up!" etc etc. Are men/the system/record labels/whatever really holding you down in 2020? When you can make an album of this nonsense, using garageband for the music and MS paint for the cover (ie. on a budget of whatever the electricity bill was) and then it charts worldwide? There's no way I can take this sort of shit seriously. And its Wikipedia entry is baffling - all it does is quote over-the-top gushing reviews. Who on earth could care that much about this artsy nonsense? My guess is these ridiculous reviews were written by either people who care more for her status as feminist icon than her music, or guys who had a crush on her in the late 90s. Didn't anyone in the music press think it was overly long, pretentious crap? This amateur reviewer does. 1 point because she clearly DID put some effort in (even if I don't like the result), and another because she can really sing when she gives it a crack. 2/5.

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5

Perfect Metacritic score rating. nuff said.

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5

Percussion is really cool. Chill music, easy listening

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1

More garbage. I'm sure she can sing, but she doesn't. She talks. The production quality is embarrassing on this. Sounds like an edge junior high kid produced it, using spare OS midi sounds from Windows 98. It's chaotic in a bad a way, soup-pot of random sound-effects shaken around while trudging through a swamp. Just about a complete lack of musicianship. This feels like something parents would bring up at a wedding to embarrass their kids. "Remember when you were 13 and you thought you'd made a hit record? *everyone groans*, let's just have a listen to this masterpiece. Okay okay, that's enough."

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Terrible and annoying vocals over an uncreative and boring instrumental. Dreadful sound quality as well and mixed very poorly. Possibly the worst album I've ever listened to

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5

This is at once her most experimental and most casual sounding record. I appreciate everything about it - especially the way she emphasizes the percussion. She lets her voice rip here in a way that she never really has before, and it stops you in your tracks. She's holding nothing back. This album captures both her intensity and her playfulness equally well. Love the message and love Fiona Apple.

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4

I'm not really sure how an album from 2020 is even on this list, since there's not really any way to put an album from last year into its historical context. On the other hand, this is a really cool album. It's easy to see why it struck a chord with people who were locked down and scared during the early stages of the pandemic. It's cool, weird, and well executed 4/5

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7/10. Didn't like it nearly as much as Tidal. Had some strong songs, especially towards the end of the album, but other parts of it just kind of annoyed me, and the middle dragged on a bit.

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This would be a great instrumental album. Some really cool percussion sounds. Unfortunately, Fiona gets in the way and ruins it with a horrible tone and asinine lyrics.

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Fiona sings: “Kick me under the table I won’t shut up I won’t shut up” I wish she would…

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Not good

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Is this a joke? she's surely making this up as she goes along. Is it supposed to be art? Avant garde? Rubbish.

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Well... that sucked.

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5

Un disco que me tardé en apreciar, pero al que de repente regreso, sobre todo por algunas canciones, sobre todo las de la segunda mitad. Y pues sí, lo disfruto y me pone de buen ánimo. Sigo pensando que aunque es buen disco, todo el ruido del 2020 estaba sobredimensionado. 9/10

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5

Me encantó,la agresividad en el piano, a en la voz y hasta en varias letras es de cierta manera muy punk sin ser punk. Además esas percusiones rudisismas a ratos que se escucha como si solo le estuvieras dando von todo a un bote de basura, muy a la slipknot.

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5

I love Fiona Apple, and whilst this isn't my favourite album, it was amazing to have some new music from her after quite a period since the last one.

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5

A real masterpiece. She doesn't release albums often but when she does they hit hard. My favorite is probably "Fetch the Bolt Cutters" but no duds on this one. The lyrics are raw and honest, the instrumentation is spare and rich. This album was built to last.

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5

I love every minute of it. It sounds so chaotic but in a good way. Added it to my album collection. Perfect for a gathering with friends.

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5

Like a work of art.

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5

When this album came across the generator, I hadn't listened to it in a while. I was initially excited but then worry crept in. What if this album wasn't as good as I remember? Was the hype and adoration overblown? Is this album a victim of the pandemic, where the uncertainty of everything in our lives and the abrupt upending of plans have tainted our views of various aspects of media? Well, despite all of those factors creeping in, this album remains an excellent viewpoint of Fiona Apple and what she means to us. Songs that were seen as been somewhat grating in retrospect (Shameika, Ladies, Heavy Balloon) hit even harder than before and songs that weren't given space to be remembered suddenly galloped with an intensity and fervor that sticks after it ends (Newspaper, Cosmonauts, Drumset). Is the album as good as I remember? Yes. Was the hype and adulation overblown? Yes, but it was deserved. Is it a victim of the early pandemic? For me, not anymore.

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5

OOOOOOO great album. The expiramentation lends the album this off kilter, shambling kind of feel. Reminds me of a Tom Waits feeling. Relay is probably the song that grabs me the most. For Her is a heavenly blend of harmonies and rage.

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5

I Want You To Love Me is the perfect song to open this album, I was halfway in love right from the start. Despite the obvious way she uses instruments and background noises, for me what caught my ear the most was the lyrics of the songs. Alot of very personal and emotional lyrics went into this album and I loved it! Standout songs: I Want You To Love Me, Under The Table, Heavy Balloon, For Her

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5

This is probably one of my favorite releases from 2020. I wasn’t really super familiar with Fiona Apple before this, but wow this album is amazing. It’s aggressive, poppy, and sonically really diverse but also almost sounds “homegrown” low-fi. Really great stuff.

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5

A masterpiece and easily one of the best albums of the last few years

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5

IF I COULD GIVE THIS ALBUM 1000 STARS I WOULD. This is one of my all time favourite albums. I do not need to be told to fetch the boltcutters for they are already a part of me. Every single song slaps so hard. She is truly an icon.

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5

Just brilliant chaotic energy and relentless bops. Will always remind me of lockdown

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5

OOOOOOOOOOOOH FUCK YES I adore this album so much, I would give it a 6 if I could, I just love the emotion and the energy of it. An absolute lifesaver during the first Covid lockdown, captured the frustration and weirdness down to a T, but also the excitement of new things coming!

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5

I was surprised to find another Fiona Apple album appear on this list… and a very recent one that I’ve never heard of. I guess I’ve been a bit out of the loop lately as far as the latest acclaimed albums. This was a really interesting and fun album to listen to! It has a rough, arts and crafty feel that is reflected in the cover art, but is built and performed with a very high level of skill even if it is what seems like clanging and banging against a wall or the barking dogs. The lyrics are filled with clever observations and descriptions that I instantly fell in love with. This really seems like the perfect thing to emerge amidst the chaos of the pandemic. The jaunty feel of the album juxtaposes with its serious and at times seriously dark subjects. A genuinely quirky and unique album that I found to be very special!

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5

Complicated, funny, intimate, weird. I love it.

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5

I didn't know anything about this album. The beginning of the first track really drew me in and the album kept my attention until the end. Some awesome piano and intriguing melodies for my ears! Now, occasionally, including in the end of the first track, it all became too intense or dissonant for me. Fortunately, these moments were isolated enough to not completely distort my listening experience...but this won't be one to add to my music-to-work-by list.

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5

This was brand new to me and it made me go "wow" so many times as I first listened to it: her distinctive voice, the percussion, the piano, the dogs, and the really really interesting lyrics. Wow wow wow. A few times I had to rewind and listen again since it begged constant careful listening. Just blew me away, and what an exciting feeling that was!

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5

Very good. Jazz like in some sections, experimental in others. Fun listen.

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5

There are two directions musicians can go in the modern era: Experiment, or solidify tradition. Fiona manages to do both in this awesome album.

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5

I absolutely see why this got so much hype a few years ago. It is hard to make something that is so artsy while also sounding genuine, but this album seems to have come from the heart more than the mind. The fun rhythms, stripped and raw production, great vocals, catchy melodies; it was all here for me, and I LOVE it. I already know this will be on regular rotation for me.

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5

ooh

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5

I thought I had listened to all of Fiona's records. Apparently I hadn't. And I'm glad I was introduced to this one.

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5

FIONA YOU BEAUTY I LOVE YOU

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5

One of this decades early seminal pieces. Speaking of pieces Apple gives us slices of her throughout this. One to listen to in the early part of this decade.

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5

Oh man this was KICKASS! The lyrics are so emotionally vulnerable and heartfelt. Felt those words to my core. The title track will be my new mantra. I'm in love.

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5

Simply incredible

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4

First time listening to Fiona apple.

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4

Artig

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4

Oh, a more recent album! Probably my 3rd favorite from Fiona after "The Idler Wheel" and "Extraordinary Machine"

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4

Vegetable cutters

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4

This is a well-thought-through piece of artistry - it's not all in 4/4, there are interesting, unusual rhythmic accents and structures - not one I connected with, at first, but it grew more on a second listen. "you can kick me under that table all you want but I won't shut up, won't shut up" is a great line. This is the 37th LP offered to me by the random selector from the 1001 LPs on the list, and the first that has made me think "yep, this needs a third go round".

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4

7.5/10 F.t.: Heavy balloon

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4

Great record! Shameika, Relay are particularly good in showcasing her odd phrasing and her fascinating way of turning a phrase, often with a real bite. Overall I still prefer Idler Wheel……

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4

Tatsächlich aus der Masse des songwriterinnen Nachwuchses nicht beliebig ausgewählt

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4

wasn’t a big fan at first but really liked it towards the end

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4

I loved Fiona Apple in the nineties and I didn’t expect this album to be a Tidal 2. I expected it to be more grown up. I loved the humorous irony in the lyrics and in particular the hilarious lyrics on ‘Rack of His’. I think it definitely warrants another listen as I get the feeling that like Tidal, there’s always something new to discover. It’s called ‘Fetch the Boltcutters’ - a pithy command of ever I heard one and once she’s unleashed, Fiona doesn’t hold back and I love that!!

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4

Interesting rhythms. Kinda jazzy, avant guard. Very catchy tunes. Lyrics are quite poetic. Nice album. Great use of repetition.

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4

verrassend!

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4

Fetch the Bolt Cutters. Apparently, it refers to freeing oneself from oppression. And I think that it's also a statement for us listeners to try something that us outside our comfy zones. And that's how an industrial rock percussion driven pop album is made... just a couple of years ago. Tbh, however, it's not something that I would listen to casually. It's an experimental album, and it's the best experimental album that I have ever heard so far. I love how it is lo-fi (a so-called "bedroom pop" which basically means that it's recorded inside their home) yet it sounds sophisticated. It's chaotic, it's cathartic, and as the hype-induced critics put it: it's human. Overall, it's enjoyable. Love the chaotic mess of angst, humor, and heartbreak. Perhaps I'll enjoy it a lot if I were a teenager. Is it wrong if I assumed that this album, like any pop album, is made for teenagers? Perhaps.

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4

The soundtrack of Covid, and BLM. Not because any of the songs related to those events but due its release date Fetch The Bolt Cutters was being played on repeat and my twitter feed was filled with people singing its praises. I didn't like it on first listen, finding it a bit over the top and somewhat pretentious. I gave it a few more listens because something about it did intrigue me. I ended up really enjoying the offbeat instrumentation and clever lyrics finding some of the songs were really catchy and others had a depth few artists can match. For me, this is the best work by Fiona Apple

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4

".... I've been in here too long." Jako mi je drago da je ona došla. Kad je izašao album, pokupio je jako dobre, pozitivne kritike. Čak i više, hvaljen album, ovo ono, desetka od Fantana, to je bilo rare. Meni je bila 7,5 do 8 i to max. Al sam si rekao da ću njenu diskografiju proći jer sam samo dva albuma iz njenog kataloga poslušao, uključujući ovaj. Dakle, 8,5/10, nije mi za devetku još, ali nakon 2 godine ne slušanja ovog albuma, ipak se vidi pomak u tome da mi se više svidio. I volim to što je u par navrata imala pomagača, svoga psa na nekim pjesmama.

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4

Avant garde, extraordinary, magnificent, never been done before. Al mi fali onaj replay faktor.

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4

At its core, just flat-out interesting. Into the pretty large array of instruments used and Apple’s delivery is something you don’t hear often in everyday listening. A little too out there for me to revisit often, but certainly worth the listen. Best songs: *I Want You To Love Me*, Shameika, Under the Table, Cosmonauts

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4

I just love Fiona Apple and how weird she has made her pop, and how she couldn't give half a shit about a Grammy or the industry.

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4

1st song, chills. The lyrics 🥵. But one point off for chicken sounds at the end… I like the Lofi quarantine sounds in theory, I don’t like the way it actually sounds sometimes 😹 cosmonauts and ladies rocked my world Percussion on heavy balloon was 🤌🏻 Overall ended and I felt happy 90s angsty girl is almost always a win for me.

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4

Whip smart, idiosyncratic, Fiona Apple has been making great records for sometime now and this is one of her best. Subject matter which gets under your skin, percussion and piano loops that get into your head and always that fierce, fiery, impassioned vocal driving the thing along. She might just be a genius.

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4

Love the timbre of the drums and piano, the echo and emptiness and loneliness. It's really incredible. Very jazzy. I also love her voice, feels agressive, raw.

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4

Great album as always by Fiona. I think the hype over it is slightly overblown and partially just a reevaluation of her legacy in general. This isn’t my favorite album of hers but a middling Fiona Apple album is still better than 99% of the music out there.

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Swag men varför inte sätta något av hennes äldra skivor son byggt upp sin status mera på listan? Svårt att säga om den här faktiskt kommer vara relevant om 10 år.

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4

Heard fantastic things about this a couple of years ago, and while I didn't fall in love with it, was a very good listen. I prefer Tidal but I like the experimentation here, especially with the percussion. Also half of the songs are noteworthy too.

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4

I've been a huge fan of Fiona ever since Extraordinary Machine, and I'm a big lover of "quirky female vocalist in the 2000s with like a ukulele or whatever" as a genre. Was very excited to check this new album out; surely one of the newest on this entire list. It's a bop! I loved Shameika, Ladies, and Under the Table, but the whole album reminded me that I should listen to more of her stuff. An Apple a day, you know...

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4

I've never actually listened to Fiona Apple, but she has a pretty good reputation, so let's check it out..... Cool first song, not totally my style but I see the appeal. Same with second song; not exactly my type of music, but it's catchy and musical and I like it in spite of my usual leanings. Under the Table is also fairly in my wheelhouse, so really liking it. Bit of a lull, but liking Newspaper a lot. Ladies too Gonna say I liked this. Not every song totally did it for me, but all interesting, all basically good, I enjoyed this!

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4

I can't believe I putt of listening to the Fiona Apple albums I had in the backlog for as long as I did. This is fantastic. I need to get into her other stuff. No idea why I thought I wouldn't like them, but I do. Certainly will listen to this album again. I didn't like it as much as Tidal but it was still really good.

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4

very nice, i like

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4

Fiona Apple creates some very detailed songs here. Very good stuff, which might be close to a 5 for me. Favourites: "Under The Table", "Newspaper", "Cosmonauts"

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4

4.5 + We were in peak-covid when this album dropped. I'd double-mask for the grocery store and immediately sanitize every bag and container with Clorox wipes when I came home. I'd even mask up to go jogging outside. There were strange drunken Zoom calls scheduled late into the night with people randomly strewn within the farthest reaches of my social orbit. It was a weird and unsettling time. My media diet also changed. I was reading less, watching fewer new shows on television. Old standbys like the Sopranos were a comfort. Then, this album dropped and Pitchfork gave it the exceedingly rare "10" rating. It felt like a beacon during a gray and foggy time. I remember really liking it when I first gave it a spin, and upon return, I like it even more. The first four tracks alone are a riot of emotion, tenderness, vulnerability, humor, with splatters of strange percussion. The middle mellows and curdles emotionally with "Rack of His" and "Ladies." Apple's self-exploration teeters between laceration and affirmation, leaning more towards the latter. The fact that she created this brilliant mess mostly at home, quarantining before quarantining was our collective reality, makes this album feel especially poignant.

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4

Art pop. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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4

Haven't actually listened to a complete Fiona Apple record and she sounded like I expected. Fiona's lyrics are interesting and provocative and the music is fine and though I can't say I love it, it was enjoyable and sometimes challenging. She's been around for a while and she's achieved much critical acclaim and I'm glad her music didn't get super mainstream. She seems to be doing what she wants to be doing, so extra points for integrity.

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4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Heavy balloon, Cosmonauts, Shameika

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4

For Her, Ladies, Shameika are instant classics I love how this was recorded and mixed The songwriting is Fiona's pinnacle essence of talent I wish there was more production but I love her quirks all throughout like the dolphin noises and background stuff

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4

decent veisla tbh

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4

the joy of listening to music by a singer/songwriter means the lyricist can draw from a variety of aspects; they may be autobiographical, or from a friend, or even about politics/world news. which is how we get songs like "for her". i mean, these lyrics, so striking so powerful: "good morning, good morning/you raped me in the same bed your daughter was born in" and "like you know, you should know, but you don't know". that song wasn't the best on the album, but the lyrics hold such strength! this album definitely has an experimental feel to it. despite that, it remains a pleasant listen! a lot of the time experimental can be another word for unrefined, which can be true for apple's type of music, i think. but i think it also allows apple to be simplistic. music can be busy and fun and loud, but "i want you to love me" has a beautiful, beautiful piano to pair with apple's voice and lyrics. songs can be so beautiful without all of the bells and whistles. it definitely allows apple's lyrics to remain prominent as she covers various topics. this is definitely an album i will look forward to revisiting and enjoying more and more. i'm obsessed with the album title.

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4

Like Fiona. The way she sings and the lyrics contents.

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4

Has potential. Prefs: I Want You To Love Me, Shameika, Fetch The Bolt Cutters, Under The Table, Relay, Heavy Balloon, Cosmonauts, For Her Moins pref: On I Go

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4

Tykkäsin tyylistä ja lauluäänestä. Chilliä menoa auringonpaisteeseen - tätä lisää Jussina

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4

Solid, will listen again

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4

Solid album, a bit odd

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4

Not Fiona Apple at her best (see: Tidal) but still better than 3/5 of the albums on here. Inventive, playful, deeply felt and always sonically interesting.

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4

Love her or hate her, it's impossible not to admire the stunning talent of Fiona Apple. She's an incredible songwriter and musically, there's no one quite like her, but the fact that she recorded Fetch the Bolt Cutters by herself at her home pushes her into another realm. How do you even classify Fiona Apple... ? I just think she is so unique, so strong and also delicate, raw and also innovative. I've been a big fan of hers since the rage of Tidal subsided. Even so, this album seems to be somewhat of a departure of the Fiona Apple that I've loved. Like this is the culmination of all of her previous albums and she has finally broken. Almost as if her previous albums were pleas for awareness. Up until FTBC she's danced around mental issues, made allusions, suggested troubles but now she's screaming, fuming with anger and lifting the thin veil that's covered it for so long. From For Her: "Good mornin' good mornin' You raped me in the same bed your daughter was born in" The beauty of Cosmonauts, only to shift into screaming the chorus at the end. And From the title track: "Fetch the Bold Cutters I've been in here too long ... I grew up in the shoes they told me I could fill and I need to run up that hill, I need to run up that hill" This is not a pleasant album to listen to. It's unhappy with broken frustration, learned helplessness and internal voices. Regardless, it's open and raw. It's hard not to imagine her pain while listening to this and it's hard to deny this a position on the 1001 albums list. Great album, hard to listen to.

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Con esa portada creía que me iba a caer mal y hacerme pensar en mujeres enojadas usando botas y odiando todo… pero no, resulta que estuvo bastante agradable. La canción que le da título, de hecho, cae en esa casilla, pero ni esa está realmente mala. Quizá lo que me falla, para darle la 5 estrella, es que no encontré una rola que realmente se me quede pegada o que quiera agregar para siempre, pero eso no quita que el disco me gustó.

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Musicalmente me intrigó lo suficiente para ponerme a leer las letras y me terminaron gustando más de lo que esperaba. Es lindo ver a una adulta hablando de situaciones creciendo y del costo de "no caber en el molde" porque quizá a nuevas generaciones les sirva, además de que una que otra siguen siendo bastante vigentes. 3.5 que sube a 4 por las letras aunque no toda la música me encantó. Songs: Under the Table, For Her, Relay

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4

Two things work really in favor of this album: the absolute cacophony of drums and Fiona's impassioned performance. I'm usually skeptical of recent albums on this list, but this record is just objectively good. Love the lyrics, really love the energy and intensity of this record. Favorite tracks: "Shameika", "Relay", "Heavy Balloon", "Drumset"

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4

I'm glad this makes it onto the list. It's kinda the opposite to me in it's sentiment and viewpoint but it's real and 100% genuine and boy does it blow away the glue that's stuck my mind today. I like the odd-ball DIY feel with weird sounds and odd chord changes that are never predictable or dull. She's like the evil twin of Taylor Swift and PJ Harvey's American cousin. I'm impressed and I need to listen again.

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This is a strange one, it seems to polarise people a bit. Is it a creative, well written album? Yes. Did I enjoy listening to it? Kind of. Would I listen to it again? Probably not, something about the style and lyrics really hurt the replayability

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Surprenament j’ai adore. Ca prend beaucoup de talent pour faire un album du genre qui sonne bien et qui sort de l’ordinaire. Tres bon album a recommander. 4.75

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Apple at her most sober and, at times, even sunny. No less assertive and clever but you sense a sigh of relief and resignation in every tune. A classic marker in the evolution of an artist whose every album deserves to be an event.

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Nice mix

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Fetch the Bolt Cutters was an interesting album. Power in her lyrics, going through her journey as an artist and as a woman. Clear message of women need to be heard and we won't be silenced. Especially liked the title track Fetch the Both Cutters and Under the Table. Will listen again.

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What a intriguing collection of words and sounds. Lots of dark humour and anger.

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Is this Jazz + Rock'n Roll on the piano?

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Absolutely fearless, loud, real!

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I love Fiona Apple, but I feel like this album is more than a little overrated and the buzz around it overshadows the superior previous album, Idler Wheel. That being said, it's not a bad album at all. For Her is an amazing song.

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Interesting album. Good lyrics and themes. Not my usual thing, but I appreciate the work.

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Not my thing. Kooky yet generic… if that’s possible.

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Core blimey

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Interesting and imaginative.

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I love her voice, piano playing and the lyrics. Really interesting and this could have been a 4 star but some parts are too jazzy for my tastes.

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Who? What? Wiki says it's "Rooted in experimentation, the album largely features unconventional percussion." Yeh, hard to put a finger on, interesting and different and not unenjoyable.

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Pretty unique and interesting

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Overrated p4k music

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Interesting, but not really my thing

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I started listening to Fiona Apple a few weeks prior to doing this and her music is something. But this album isn't for me.

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Mir zu unstet…

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I liked this a lot less than I was expecting. 5/10

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6/10. I can see why this got so much hype, it’s pretty creative and Fiona Apple is a pretty good storyteller, but this album just wasn’t for me

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I had no idea she was still active. No standout hits for me on the play through but she still sounds great. I like the weird rhythms. Hard to say if it’s a “must hear” without some historical perspective on it. But it’s decent.

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The found percussion is mildly interesting, the songs are mildly boring. A perfect 2.5 but I'll round up

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Not boring. Not great. More than a Tori Amos wannabe hitting a saucepan. Occassionally suprising. Often not.

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Interesting...

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If Shameika said she had potential, then by golly she sure did. This is a more mature album coming from the borderline grunge princess of the 90's. It feels disjointed and all over the place sonically. Lyrically, some of her best writing. 3/5

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Enjoyed this, apart from the avant garde whale song moments. If I knew how to I'd edit all the shite out of this and it'd be even better. Will listen again and try some of her other stuff.

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I theoretically like Fiona Apple more than I actually enjoy listening to her in general, with some exceptions. I appreciate the style and energy but I’m not always thrilled with the execution, I can see why people like her but it’s not my thing.

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Bom.

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Started off great and original, but the ending was a bit meh. Most of the songs felt the same.

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Došo do pola i da svida mi se, al nije mi mood

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As much as I feel like I should, I just can't get into this. It has some interesting and somewhat catchy tunes (Shameika, I Want You to Love Me and Ladies are highlights) but I find this is overall just a trying listen. 2.5/5

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I listened

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Bueno

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Not great, not bad. I was very conflicted listening to this because my mood regarding each song could change 14 times within the song, times it sounded so cool, mellow, pretty. And then she’d start yelling at me and I was put off.

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This is not at all my normal genre but I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought. Not something I'll listen to every day but it was a good album.

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This album absolutely embodies the philosophy of not giving a fuck and doing whatever the fuck you want as long as it works for you.

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Not as good as other Fiona Apple albums

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Very unorthodox album, not sure I'm a fan. Typical three although closer to a 2 than a 4

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The whole album is just a but awkward and unconventional.

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I like Fiona Apple, but sometimes she gets a bit too eccentric for me. This was good, but not great. 3 stars.

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a tough listen, need to give it a bit more of a go

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Don’t like her vocals. Fine otherwise

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Lyrically superb, but not my sort of music.

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Interesting an album from 2020 made it, this is up and down for me. Overall enjoy me some Fiona

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Bit too grating for me in moments (I don’t need to hear your dogs barking for an extended period of time), but it was alright.

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Heard of her, but have never listened. Will be interested to see what she's all about... First track (I Want You To Love Me) seems like I'm going to like this album...like her voice, like her style, like the piano...a little concerned about the bat noises at the end. Hopefully that's not a portent of things to come... Not a fan of this ASMR nonsense going on in Shameika The rest of the album had many of the same positive and negative aspects. Like some of it; hate some of it. Overall, a true 3/5.

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I like how this album is produced; the different layers of music fit very well with each other. But no element makes the album stand out: there are no catchy melodies, no cool guitar riffs, no impressive vocals, or interesting storytelling in the lyrics. To be fair, I don't tend to enjoy alternative music in general, so I guess this album isn't for me.

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Que tan interesante 4

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Cool

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Leans into all the interesting idiosyncracies of Fiona Apple's music, maybe up to a point where it might be off-putting. Not great variation of theme but very inventive rhythms, lyrics, harmonies, and vocal delivery. Not everyone's cup of tea but definitely worth a few sips just to see. Shannah - 3 Bill - 3 Jane - 1 conor - 4.5 (2.875/5)

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Fiona Apple has a way of making things that have no business sounding good, sound great. That said, this album was a little too weird for my taste but she is a really unique talent and is worth listening to.

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I liked the homemade quality of this album. Fiona clearly has enough history in the music game to know how to stay on the good side of the line between homemade-good and homemade-bad. There was a good but cohesive mix of styles on display on this album. I really liked the darker, moodier songs on the album: for example, Newspaper, as well as Heavy Balloon, which turned out to be my favorite album on the track. This album was very percussion-forward, which is a bit experimental for an artist like Fiona, but she made it work. If Fiona ever finds herself failing as a musician, she can easily be a dolphin, because her dolphin chattering at the end of I Want You to Love Me is top notch.

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Fiona Apple is brilliant. But there is just a bit too much spoken word on “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” and too many songs that Apple is determined to add an overly weird segment just for the sake of being quirky.

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Very good. 3/5

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Overhyped but could listen

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Pretty awful - not turn it off right now bad but really poor. A generous 2 - probably 1.5 max

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Am I missing something?

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I'm just not a fan of Fiona Apple. I recognize it as artistically good. But I also recognize John Cage is artistically good. That doesn't mean I go around listening to 4'33" for fun.

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Not for me

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Not my style. Too alt

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NIce. Need to hear more of it.

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I wanted to like this, really I did. I can kind of appreciate it but it just isn't for me unfortunately.

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First proper listen of FA. The barmy rhythm and avant garde sound structures become familiar, the internal sounds of a brain at work.

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most over rated album of the last few years, by far

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Not a fan. This veers worryingly close to 1 star territory.

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I hated this album when it came out. Tried it a few times and just could not get through it. For me, each one of her albums takes a step down in terms of the way I feel about them. Upon giving this a fair shake, turns out I was wrong. It’s not as bad as the one before it, but it’s still not good. Sorry.

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Some songs were interesting and good, but overall was just too bizarre for me.

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She's got a good voice and was doing some interesting and unique stuff. Unfortunately, it may have just been the mood I was in, but it just didn't capture my attention/interest at all and I was just waiting for the album to be over.

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Pretty lousy, not my bag

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Wel beter dan de gemiddelde singer songwriter, maar niet echt lekker luisterbaar

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This wasnt it for me.

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Weird to some extend, which makes me feel unpleasant… not for me

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Bruh…. Detta är int ok…

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I really wanted to like this album, but she basically plays row, row, row the boat in most of the songs, but angrily.

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I did not know Fiona Apple released an album in 2020. In fact I did not know that she recorded any other music than Criminal. Well apparently she did. Most of the album is eccentric and not neccesarily eccentric in a good way. There some some songs that are a bit "traditional" and those are the better songs. There is nothing that is really noteworthy about the album. One consistent problem is the outtros are too and the song won't end. End the song and on to the next. Anyways no need to listen to this album maybe one or two songs.

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I felt like I wanted to like this, but just couldn't. Every time I heard something that sounded kinda cool, she ruined it.

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Nothing doing here. Got through it but wasn’t anything stand out.

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Some good songs, some bad, some meh. A true 2.5, rounded down because it's not my typical genre

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Bastante rollo.

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Dwadziescia cztery lata odstepu pomiedzy dwoma albumami, ale jest, kolejny krazek od pani Fiony Apple, na liscie raczej nowosc bo rocznik 2k020, wiec juz z poczatku ery covidowej, czego oczywiscie wszelacy krytycy muzyczni nie omieszkali pominac w swoich rozprawach dotyczacych plyty, ktora wpasowala sie w izolacyjne motywy szurow, ktore tutaj sie przejawiaja w izolacjach pani Fiony w samej sobie, czy to jesli chodzi o zwiazki romantyczne, przyjaznie, czy o wlasne cialo, bo i rozbijanie sie na czesci pierwsze tez sie przewija, sluchajac tego nie slychac pani w srednim wieku, ktora wyszla juz z tego okresu zagubienia i buntu z Tidala, ale zabawnie zestarzala ta sama mala dziewynke, ktora chce robic muzyke popowa ktora bedzie oddawac jej pokrecone wnetrze, ktore tutaj jest przelane na 13 trakow i 51 minut materialu, ktory jest spiewany, ale juz nie takim glosem jak na tidalu, a troche juz zawodzacym, albo stylizowanym na zawodzacy, bo dziwne zeby dzieja sie nie tylko lirycznie, ale same wokale maja sporo giberyszowych miejsc, czy onomatopeji, jesli chodzi o instrumentale to pierwsze skrzypce graja tutaj drumsy, ale nie klasyczne walenie po bebnach czy talerzach, ale wykorzystywanie dziwnych rzeczy do tworzenia dziwnych dzwiekow jak glosi wiki, to jak najbardziej sie udalo bo brzmi on dosc orginalnie przez ta symfonie drumujaca za ktora stoja Amy Aileen Wood i Davíd Garza, poza ta dwojka w nagraniach bral udzial Sebastian Steinberg glownie na basie, ale tak jak reszta muzykow z pania Fiona na czele kazdy ma spora liste dziwnych rzeczy na ktorych wydawal dzwieki na tym jakze wymeczonym nagraniu, bo skladanie krazka trwalo prawie piec lat, ale takiej artysce renomowanej nigdzie sie juz nie spieszy i moze szlifowac swe dziela, a dodatkowo tak trafic z czasem wypuszczenia plyty zatytulowanej fetch the bolt cutters na poczatek pandemii, gdzie ludzie barykadowali sie w domach i sprzedac prawie ze konceptowy album jest ladnym zbiegiem okolicznosci, wiec tego nagrania sluchalo sie o wiele ciekawiej niz Tidala, ktory zawiewal standardami, a tutaj jest wiecej eksperymentow, ale jednak nadal nie jestem fanem wokalnych czy tez lirycznych zdolnosci pani Apple, na plejke leci heavy balloon, ktory wokalnie przypomina mi cos Adele, ale mocno porobionej przez zycie, bo kto wie jaka historie skrywa kariera pani Fiony w muzyce popularnej

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2, I think she may have experienced bullying

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In 1999, Jessica Hynes and Simon Pegg teamed up with Edgar Wright to produce Spaced - one of the most brilliant television programmes ever crafted. Spaced did things with single-camera comedy that had never been done before, and paved the way for Wright to direct big-budget Hollywood films, for Pegg to make multiple appearances in fan-favourite film franchises such as Mission Impossible and Star Trek, and for to Hynes continue with Bafta-award winning comedy performances. Why do I mention Spaced? Well, the third episode of the first series is called "Art", and strongly lampoons talentless, self-congratulatory avant-garde "performance" through the character of Vulva, played by David Walliams in probably the least intolerable performance of his career. I could easily imagine some of this album being the soundtrack for one of Vulva's art installations, in that many of the tracks are hacky, avant-garde hogswill with few identifiable merits. Thankfully, not all of the tracks are atrocious, there is some good stuff in here. Not enough to make me want to tolerate the rubbish, though.

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Eccentric, weird, bold, innovative, a lot of things that Fiona Apple is apparently known to aspire to and seemingly fail upwards repeatedly. Fiona Apple seems to get in her own way, the first track "I Want You To Love Me" is a fine song, she sings with earnest, the music is groovy and rhythmic, but then she engages in a weird squealing scat-like ad libbing that is indistinguishable from the rest of the song. Weird is not always wrong, but it is wrong here, but at least Shameika was right. "Fetch the Bolt Cutters", the title track, falls prey to the same weird way of ending a song. A mix of dog barks and awkwardly rhythmic heavy breathing, as though perhaps we were hearing a metaphor for intimate activities? Maybe that's Fiona Apple's issue, she does not know how to end a song in a way that makes sense. That is a bit of the rub here. The songs here are groovy and fun, her choruses and compositions give so much to make the album really, near incredibly enjoyable. A few songs later, there is not much new to add other than Fiona Apple still cannot end a song without doing something weird. That said, there are no regrets in listening to this album, just some confusion as to motivation.

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Menee osastoon Chisu eli yksittäinen hetki yksittäisessä biisissä voi olla mahtavan kuulosta, mutta kokonaisuus lähinnä vituttaa. Ei jatkoon eikä uutta soittokertaa.

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The album cover picture of Fiona struck me as a bit off kilter, a little imbalanced. The album certainly has a uniqueness, and I appreciate the construction of the songs: found percussion instruments and unprocessed vocals. Unfortunately, the sound is too much like my initial impression of the cover photo. There is a lack of cohesion in the improvised construction and the final product is off balance. I tend to enjoy the second half of the album better than the first. Respect to the concept of this album; however, I do not enjoy the execution.

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More percussive than I'd imagined. Also the vocals seemed totally disconnected from the music, which is a weird production choice. Overall, this one wasn't for me and I can't imagine there's enough historical context around it to even make the list anyway.

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I really liked the last Fiona Apple album that came up on the Generator (Tidal). Struggled to get into this one. Less musical and more rambling at a piano.

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This was one-star for so much, but it redeemed a star over the runtime. Not sure how, but it did.

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Sounds very interesting, would give it a few more listens, great writing. Not really my taste but I get it.

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Ikke for meg

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Never really gave her a chance... now I did

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Didn’t hurt my ears but I can’t say I enjoyed it so only 1*

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I couldn’t listen to more than a couple of tracks. Fiona Apple has a great voice but the constant singing out of tune really grated on me. Definitely not going on my favourites list!

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Don't fetch them.

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COVID-19 pandemic just hyped this album. 1/5 for me.

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Talking music is not for me. Sorry

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nada de especial, muito experimental

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