Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel (6.8/10)
It’s difficult to listen a Fiona Apple album (period) and not think to yourself, ‘This bitch is crazy’; and not in a quirky way; in a I wouldn’t trust to leave her alone in the house with sharp objects kinda way. She’s got some pipes, though.
Still holding onto on that angst and solidarity that distinguished her from those 90’s Lilith Fair female vocalists, her obnoxiously long-titled album is at once sultry, enraged, jazzy, contentious, and sullen. It is lonely people music. Despite being thematically well executed and well sung, I couldn’t stop listening to it fast enough.
(BTW, the album’s full title is: The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do)