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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

3.26

Votes

4704

Genres

  • Pop
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Fri Dec 24 2021
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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Mon Mar 07 2022
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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Wed Jan 12 2022
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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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

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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Mon Mar 28 2022
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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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Perfect Metacritic score rating. nuff said.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Percussion is really cool. Chill music, easy listening

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Fri Oct 15 2021
1

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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Wed Feb 09 2022
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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Tue Nov 09 2021
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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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 10 2021
1

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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Thu Jan 13 2022
1

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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Thu Jan 20 2022
1

Not good

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Fri Jan 21 2022
1

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
1

Well... that sucked.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
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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Tue Nov 09 2021
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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Fri Feb 04 2022
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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Wed Feb 09 2022
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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Mon Mar 14 2022
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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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Like a work of art.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
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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Thu Apr 21 2022
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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Sat Apr 30 2022
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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Mon May 16 2022
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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Sat May 21 2022
5

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

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Sat May 21 2022
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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Sat May 21 2022
5

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

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Sat May 21 2022
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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Tue Jun 14 2022
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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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

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

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Tue Jun 14 2022
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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Tue Jun 14 2022
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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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

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

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Thu Jul 07 2022
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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Thu Jul 07 2022
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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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

ooh

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Fri Jul 22 2022
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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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

FIONA YOU BEAUTY I LOVE YOU

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Thu Jul 28 2022
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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Sun Jul 31 2022
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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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Simply incredible

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

amei. ela sempre canta o que eu n tava esperando ouvir

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

I could have never imagined to like somthing so recent this much

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

5/5 ladies ladies

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Perhaps THE lockdown art

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Sun Oct 16 2022
5

Upea levy.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Amazing stuff. Meant to listen to this when it hit and was getting widespread critical acclaim. This doesn’t sound like anything else. Has the charm of a homemade album (done in GarageBand) but has the precision and intent most studio albums can’t match.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

I was shocked by how good this album is. What incredible writing. I saw her open for Page/Plant at the Gorge in George, WA. I found her to be an extremely talented musician but was really taken with the songs themselves. Never really listened to her after that. But this! Wow. Amazing song writing, amazing musicianship, amazing poetry. I will go back and listen to her older stuff again.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

That was a clinic on neo-percussion. I loved the raw joy and pathos exemplified in most every track, flecked by subtle humour. There’s so much to listen to - I need to listen again and I’ve already listened 3x.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

First time listening to Fiona apple.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Artig

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

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

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Vegetable cutters

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Mon Nov 01 2021
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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

7.5/10 F.t.: Heavy balloon

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Fri Nov 12 2021
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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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Tatsächlich aus der Masse des songwriterinnen Nachwuchses nicht beliebig ausgewählt

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 12 2022
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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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

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

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

verrassend!

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Sun Feb 06 2022
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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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

I really liked the song Relay. The album really grows on you, and probably needs a few listens until you really get all she is trying to say.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
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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Sun Mar 13 2022
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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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

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

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Thu Mar 31 2022
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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Mon Apr 04 2022
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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Mon Apr 04 2022
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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Fri Apr 08 2022
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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Sun Apr 10 2022
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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Mon Apr 18 2022
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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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 29 2022
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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Fri Apr 29 2022
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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Mon May 02 2022
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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Mon May 02 2022
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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Wed May 04 2022
4

very nice, i like

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Thu May 12 2022
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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Fri May 13 2022
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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Sat May 14 2022
4

Art pop. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Wed May 25 2022
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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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

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

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Tue Jun 07 2022
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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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

decent veisla tbh

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Fri Jun 10 2022
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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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

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

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Mon Jun 20 2022
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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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

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

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Solid, will listen again

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Solid album, a bit odd

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Fri Jun 24 2022
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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Fri Jun 24 2022
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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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

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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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

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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Mon Jul 04 2022
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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Tue Jul 05 2022
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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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

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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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

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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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

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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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Nice mix

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

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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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

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

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

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

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

Absolutely fearless, loud, real!

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

musically intriguing, the songs tell a good story but overall it can become tiring to listen to.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

The second listen is a little less bracing; Two and a half years ago, things were differently unclear, and I identified lows and highs in Fetch I barely recognize now. The music comes from all directions, many of them novel for Apple. The percussion, of course, convinces everything to hang together. Everything includes chants and deeper lyrical workings, rhythmic breakdowns and harmonic moves which echo and return. Something substantial for everyone.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Fiona’s art ages like fine wine!

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Una locura hermosa. Este disco es actual, de apenas dos años atrás, pero no tiene ninguna de las formas del mainstream musical del momento.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Very unique

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

The wiki blurb said that Fiona produced this whole album in her apartment and that definitely shows in a good way. The instrumentals were really stripped down and it was fun to hear her dogs barking in the background at the end of a couple of songs. This definitely felt like an album an artist would make late in their career after they've had their biggest successes and are just fucking around. At first, I wasn't the hugest fan of the weird experimentation but songs near the end like cosmonaut and drum set were really good and changed my mind a bit

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Wasn't so sure when i heard the first few songs but once it got to Under the Table, I really enjoyed it. Also really liked Newspaper. The whole album is really fun and feels very empowering.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

I only know Fiona apple from her biggest hit "criminal" and I wasn't sure what to expect. I am pleasantly surprised by this album, the story telling is interesting and kept me captive in a good way.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Not my thing but good

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

big fan of the second half of this album, i can deal with the industrial, but it isn’t my fave. loved Under The Table, Newspaper, and Ladies.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Really enjoyed

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Very good, though I’m not quite at the fever pitch of adoration of most of music criticism at its release. I feel like the rough edged, DIY thing isn’t always a strength in this, and at times feels manufactured, though it probably isn’t (or at least no more than anything), and mostly it works. A lyrical powerhouse, any complaints are really quibbles, it’s a great album.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Now i have heard of Fiona Apple and especially this album during 2020 with high praise but never listened to it so i was intrigued to listen The album wasn’t not really my normal genre with Apple talking over some of the tracks which didn’t appeal to me at first but as the record went on i opened up to it Some tracks I Liked were: Relay, I want you to love me, Rack of His, Cosmonauts

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

I actually really dig this. Strong core of Si ger/Songwriter energy infused with rawness, chaos, alternative vibes. Many tracks I could revisit and find something new in. Honestly a really cool experience. Wish I had intervals to rate with. I expect I like it igher than I can rate it, and it will likely climb after further listens.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Dissonant and percussive. Oddly chill yet abrasive. 4 stars with the caveat it could go up to 5 with repeated listens

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

Finally a new one. like it

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

great

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Unique

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

4.0

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Sore throat, tired, unproductive, planning annoyance and flakiness

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

Something different, nice casual alt music, played in the background so not super closely analyzed but would listen again.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

3.75/5

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

This is a very fun mess - kinda reminds me of Tom Waits, with the weird experimental backing music and vocal vignettes over the top. Fave track - "Heavy Balloon", maybe, or "For Her". I can see that quite a few tracks would be contenders if I gave the album more listens....

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

I've been a big fan of Fiona Apple for a long time. This album definitely needs a couple of listens. My fave is probably Fetch the Bolt Cutters.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
4

Well done. Not exactly my taste though

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

To be completely honest, when this album first released during the covid pandemic, i was not a fan. It was my first experience with Fiona's music, and i found her vocals and style to be quite offputting. Looking back, all i have to say is "what was i thinking?" throughout this album, fiona proves that despite the eight year hiatus, she's still one of the premier writers and vocalists in all of music. fiona shines in all aspects on this album, the production, all done in her home, is flawless, and the narrative and concept she weaves through it is masterfully crafted.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
3

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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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

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

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

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

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

Core blimey

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

Interesting and imaginative.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

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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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

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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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Pretty unique and interesting

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Overrated p4k music

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Interesting, but not really my thing

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Mir zu unstet…

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

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

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

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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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

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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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

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

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

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

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Interesting...

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

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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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

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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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

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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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Bom.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

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

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

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

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

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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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

I listened

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Bueno

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

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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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

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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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

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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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

Not as good as other Fiona Apple albums

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Tue Apr 05 2022
3

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

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Tue Apr 05 2022
3

The whole album is just a but awkward and unconventional.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
3

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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Tue Apr 19 2022
3

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

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Don’t like her vocals. Fine otherwise

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Lyrically superb, but not my sort of music.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

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

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Mon May 02 2022
3

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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Mon May 02 2022
3

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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Thu May 05 2022
3

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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Fri May 13 2022
3

Que tan interesante 4

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Mon May 16 2022
3

Cool

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Tue May 31 2022
3

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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Sat Jun 04 2022
3

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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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

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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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

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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Tue Jul 05 2022
3

Very good. 3/5

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

It's a musical extravaganza with whimsical arrangements and virtuoso vocal performances, even if the songs sometimes become so erratic that they lose their cohesion. One of the highlights is the piano playing, which unfortunately often remains in the background. As it is, it ends up being more about the lyrics than the music, and there are much better poets and novelists out there. (6/10) FT: I Want You to Love Me, Under the Table, Ladies

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Overhyped but could listen

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Sat Aug 20 2022
3

It was okay but I was hoping for something with a bit more punch to it.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Fiona Apple really isn't my cup of tea.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

I liked this when it came out but I’m not agreeing with the newest inclusions, I mean where are a Moon Shaped Pool or When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?

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Tue Aug 30 2022
3

I listened to this a bit when it was released, since it made many critic's top-ten lists and "Shameika" got a lot of attention. It's a brave album - experimental, quirky with unusual rhythms, heavy lyrics and no attempts to score a hit. I want to give it a higher mark but it's a bit of a challenging listen.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
3

An album recorded during covid. Does that qualify for +1? Even with it's hard to rate this one too high.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Like under the table

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Sat Sep 03 2022
3

não é ruim, mas não muito meu estilo

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Nice, but slightly formulaic with the lyricism. Has love-breakup vibes and general melancholy vibes. Overall nice but a tad repetitive.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Didn't really do much for me. Lots of experimental and arty bouncing around but not much in the way of tunes or melody and it just sounded to sparse to draw me in.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
3

thought it was alright. i can totally see the appeal of it but it's not something i found myself enjoying straight away. that being said, i thought Lady was rly good and i also enjoyed both Newspaper and Drumset

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

More innovative than enjoyable. More tedious than her other albums. A great artist but and overhyped work.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

The whole experience felt free and quirky, but sometimes those quirkiness are hit or miss for me. I do enjoy some of the songs, and that's the main factor for me. I guess you could get a really creative rock album and it sounds refreshing if you hear it for the first time, but on the other hand, you get this weird singing style, odd beat, and kind of messy. I appreciate the uniqueness, but I don't dig this album much. The last part on Ladies sounds like she was casting a spell lmao.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

meh

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Tue Sep 27 2022
3

I bet I know a dirty California ln hippie type that digs this

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Not a fan of the industrial but the second half of the album was pretty good. Relay was my fave.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Feels a bit like a decent into insanity, with a splash of crazy (ex or soon to be ex?) girlfriend and just a touch of untethered mania. Certainly has some creative chord progressions, unusually lengthy notes/phrases, and a small pile of unexpected turns and shouts. Interesting listen, but not one you're going to be clamoring to hear again.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
3

Pretty good. I might go back and listen to more Fiona Apple now. Weird this was chosen as the FA album you need to listen to but sure, whatever.

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