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Fiona Apple In Chicago

Tribune rock critic Greg Kot awarded Fiona Apple's new album 3.5 out of four stars in a review in which he called the recording "a raw, unsettling listen" filled with "jagged arrangements, lurching rhythms and off-kilter melodies" that lay out "tales of personal mayhem."

WBEZ music blogger Jim DeRogatis couldn't disagree more; on a recent edition of Sound Opinions he told Kot that listening to Apple was a "chore."

"You're so wrong," Kot replied.

So which is it?

Apple was in town last week at the Chicago Theatre; I've pulled some YouTube videos so you can judge for yourself - though obviously not all selections are from the new record. And if it makes any difference, here's what a couple others think.

Ryan Dombal, Pitchfork: "[T]he most distilled Fiona Apple album yet . . . Every single waveform is pierced with purpose." Nine out of ten stars.

Jeremy D. Larson, Consequence of Sound: "Apple's vocal violence is both hard to listen to and yet totally punk rock . . . succeeds in creating a singular world more daring than any of Apple's previous records and one of the most daring pop records in recent history." Four-and-half out of five stars.

Also, here's a much talked-about New York magazine feature/profile.

And now, Apple at the Chicago Theatre.

(One thing I will say about Kot's incredibly well-written - as usual - concert review: I'm not sure Fiona looks "fierce"; she looks anorexic, which is worrying when it comes to her. Only her voice seems physically strong.)

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1. It's Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty covert)


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2. Criminal.

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3. Extraordinary Machine. (Security made christeph stop recording.)

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4. Anything We Want.

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5. Shadowboxer.

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6. Carrion.

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7. Werewolf.

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8. Paper Bag.

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9. Daredevil.

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10. I Know.

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11. On The Bound.

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12. And here's a snippet from her Lincoln Hall performance in March.

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Comments welcome.

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1. From Steve Rhodes:

I didn't really give an opinion myself here because I haven't heard the new record. In fact, the only record of hers I do have (and have heard the whole way through) is Extraordinary Machine. It's a good record and the title track is, indeed, extraordinary. But DeRo makes a point in that sometimes listening to Apple can get tedious. She's immensely talented, intriguing and - at times - mesmerizing. But I wish she would learn to rock, and change up her palate a little more.



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Posted on July 14, 2012


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