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Extraordinary Machine

Fiona Apple Audio CD
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1. Extraordinary Machine
2. Get Him Back
3. O' Sailor
4. Better Version Of Me
5. Tymps (The Sick In The Head Song)
6. Parting Gift
7. Window
8. Oh Well
9. Please Please Please
10. Red Red Red
11. Not About Love
12. Waltz (Better Than Fine)

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Fiona Apple, brooding, brainy belter and capital-A artist of near forbidding depth, begins her much gossiped-over third CD on a lark. The title track, one of two songs produced by Jon Brion before the label dispute that prompted hip-hop producer Mike Elizondo (50 Cent, Eminem) to step in, sounds like a Judy Garland number slathered with irony or something Rufus Wainwright might have had a hand in--strings soar, beats bump around skittishly, and notes require a ladder. But playful as it is, by the time the chorus kicks in it's clear why the world has missed Fiona Apple so much. Young female artists who have stepped into the spotlight since she fled it six years ago-- Nellie McKay and Joss Stone spring to mind for their cleverness and heat, respectively--seem slight in comparison. With every track ticked off, in fact, Extraordinary Machine moves listeners a little closer to what might be a correct assumption: that everything they've dipped into since 1999's When the Pawn ... was filler. Fans will feel it especially on "O'Sailor," a gimlet-eyed lament, and "Tymps," a tight piano track with a tip of the hat to hip-hop. It's "Window," though, with its lyric about "a filthy pane of glass" fogging up a clear view, that sums up the experience of this CD best. "I had to break the window," Apple sings, smoky-voiced as ever. "It just had to be." With Extraordinary Machine, she shatters already sky-high expectations. -Tammy La Gorce

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5.0 out of 5 stars She's an extraordinary machine Feb. 24 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Be kind to me or treat me mean/I'll make the most of it, I'm an extraordinary machine..."

It's been six long years since we last heard from pop's queen of melancholy, Fiona Apple, in her sophomore album "When the Pawn..." (add eighty words). And she was definitely missed during that time.

In those six years, Apple actually created another album, "Extraordinary Machine," only to shelve it for awhile. So imagine the joy of her fans when it was announced that at last, this "Machine" was in motion, and would finally be out and about for public consumption.

With expectations so high, one would expect that Apple's "Extraordinary Machine" would disappoint one way or another. But it doesn't. With dramatic strings and explosive piano rock, Apple proves that she's only grown further during her forced hiatus.

She hasn't lost her knack for pain and angst, or the memory of romantic rage. She can be wounded and angry just as well here. If anything, it's sharper this time around: "Wait 'til I get him back/He won't have a back to scratch/Yeah, keep turning that chin/And you will see my face/As I figure how to kill what I cannot catch..."

Not that it's all on one subject, or based on one emotion -- most of them focus on post-love in all its forms. Apple explores being cheated on, being dumped, being alone, and the heartache of a breakup's aftermath. "I'm either so sick in the head/I need to be bled dry to quit/Or I just really used to love him/I sure hope that's it," she muses.

But the title track is perhaps the most memorable one, where Apple reaffirms her own strength.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost extraordinary Oct. 11 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ms. Apple's Extraordinary Machine is a remarkably distinct offering from beginning to end. Though she often tells stories of the same nature (love lost, love won, and everything inbetween) she's such a skillful and clever storyteller that each time it feels fresh and new. I do wish she'd venture into the higher octaves of the piano a little more though. While the deep, husky chords that she favours paralell her voice to great effect, it's played upon a touch too often - going the other way would make an interesting contrast I think. Anyway, in this dreary age of carbon copy and soulless music, it's comforting to know people like Fiona Apple are still around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's back, and as eccentric as ever... Oct. 6 2005
By Jarin
Format:Audio CD
I can't express in words how happy I am that this CD finally saw the light of day. It's a louder, weirder Fiona than many are perhaps used to, but with a six-year gap between this album and "When The Pawn...", should we really be surprised? The songs are touching and moving and the piano work is amazing as per usual. I am still getting used to it all (have only listened to it a few times) but I can see that it will remain on frequent rotation, and stand the test of time as her previous two efforts have done. Stand out track for me at the moment is "o'sailor" but I'm sure I'll grow to love them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album Oct. 31 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I love this album. From the playful first song with the horns and witty lyricism this shows that the wait for this album was worth it. I have listened to it at least once a day since purchasing it and always am delighted when those first notes reach my ears. It's a colourful and whimsical album on which Fiona displays a knack for clever storytelling. Very happy with this and can't wait for more work to be released from this brilliant singer/songwriter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIONA APPLES: EXTRODINARY MACHINE March 10 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This cd, extrodinary machine is one of the best cds I've ever heard!! Fiona Apple is absoutely remarkable and truly an artist!! My fav songs are of course Extrodianry Machine, Not about Love and Oh Sailor
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