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When The Pawn... [Enhanced]

Fiona Apple Audio CD
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1. On The Bound
2. To Your Love
3. Limp
4. Love Ridden
5. Paper Bag
6. A Mistake
7. Fast As You Can
8. The Way Things Are
9. Get Gone
10. I Know

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Fiona Apple, what a character. Between the softcore video, the awards show rebuke, and now for her second album concocting history's most ludicrous title (the full thing runs 90 words long), Apple is earning a rep as a world-class oddball. Which may be the case. In contrast to many of her faux eccentric contemporaries, however, this wolf in waif's clothing seems to be genuinely astray in the straight world. And Apple is the real thing in another way--as a talent. When the Pawn Hits picks up where her eye-opening debut, Tidal, left off. With Jon Brion back in the producer's seat, the twosome concoct a heady, keyboard-heavy soundscape that perfectly complements the singer's assertive, dangerously sexy Nina Simone-meets-Chrissie Hynde delivery. Unforeseen embellishments color the arrangements, including the sinister carnival interlude in "On the Bound," the George Harrison-like guitar in "Mistake," and the drum solo (when's the last time you heard one of those on a pop album?) in "Limp." All Brion's enhancements are in service of Apple, who comes through with preternaturally confident expressions of insecure sentiments ("Change my mind, I can't decide, there's too many variations to consider") and cold-eyed accounts of recrimination and self-recrimination. Cohesive, gutsy, and finely honed, When the Pawn Hits pummels any notions of a sophomore slump for 1996's most promising newcomer. A character, yes, but what an artist, too! --Steven Stolder

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FIONA APPLE When The Pawn (1999 US 10-track CD the second album by the American singer-songwriter including the singles Fast as You Can Limp and Paper Bag lyric booklet picture sleeve with rice paper printed front & back cover and in a hype stickered case EK69195)

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5.0 out of 5 stars So much anger in such a little girl! July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Fiona Apple is pissed off! And that passion comes through loud and clear on tracks like Limp and Get Gone. While most songwriters struggle to be melodic, eloquent, even coherant in their anger and angst, Apple plays these emotions as well as she does her piano.
On the whole this is slightly better than her first album, more exciting and rhythmically interesting, though there are few tracks as good as Tidal's Sullen Girl or Shadowboxer. If you've never bought this because you were afraid it wouldn't live up to Tidal, fear not. Just because none of the songs got that much airplay doesn't mean a thing. This is definitely no sophomore slump. All I want to know is when Apple will release a third album. She is easily one of the most gifted and exciting musicians working today, and a far cry from all the manufactured pop princesses like Britney, Christina, Jessica, Mandy, Hillary and the like. Fiona Apple is above all, writing from her gut and singing from the heart. Don't miss out, buy this today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmorising Sophomore Album July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Fiona Apple rose to notoriaty with her 1996 debut album "Tidal" (released when she was all of 19 years old), and then took 3 1/2 years to release her second album in November, 1999. It was well worth the wait, and the album sounds as good now as it then, if not better.
"When the Pawn" (10 tracks, 42 min.) delivers on the promise of "Tidal" and then some! From the excellent opener "On the Pound", Fiona delivers one standout track after another, and shows how much her songwriting has matured from "Tidal". Although her music is very different from Tori Amos, spiritually they are both on the same page. I can't help but notice, though, that Matt Chamberlain, drummer and side-kick for Tori's albums, drums on most tracks here too. If one has to pick out standout tracks in the album (there are no weak tracks truly), I will pick the angry "Limp", the enthralling "Fast As You Can", and the pensive "The Way Things Are".
One thing that stands out is how much Fiona's lyrics have improved from her debut album. This despite the ridiculous album's full title (which is a 90 word poet). It's been more than 4 years since "When the Pawn" was released, but supposedly a new album is in the works for later this year. "When the Pawn" was released in late 99 and I called it one of the best of 2000 (see my annual "best of" lists) simply because I felt its impact wasn't felt until then. It still resonates with me now as it did then. Just magnificent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Standout Album July 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I impulsively bought this CD after having listened to Tidal over and over. I had heard "Fast as you Can" and "Limp" back when teen pop was all the rage, but they didn't make me want to go buy the album itself. Then again, I did buy the Pokemon soundtrack, so what did I know? Not a lot, since this CD is worth every penny in its price.
This album is great in every sense of the word. I don't regret buying this album for one second. This is the kind of album that doesn't draw comparisons to other artists. It makes other artists be compared to you, and it's the kind of album every artist dreams of making.
Fiona sounds like she's been doing this for years. Not only was she very young, but it would have been easy for her to give in and make the kind of pop music that was big at the time. She didn't and for that alone she deserves credit.
1)On the Bound: a great album opener. One of my favorite songs on the album.
2)To Your Love: a really good song. Very uptempo and fast.
3)Limp: another one of my favorites. This song is fierce and it makes you afraid to be the man who inspired this song.
4)Love Ridden: a slower song. It keeps the momentum going.
5)Paper Bag: a strange and very good song.
6)A Mistake: probably my favorite song on the album. Very honest and unique.
7)Fast As You Can: I love this song. I love the changes it makes tempo-wise.
8)The Way Things Are: another one of my favorites. She really nails this song.
9)Get Gone: I love the chorus. This has some of her most clever lyrics.
10)I Know: a great way to end a great album. Very slow and reflective.
So there you have it. I highly recommend this CD. Hopefully, her next album will be out soon. It will be hard to follow up this album, but I know Fiona can do it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty & Perfection May 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
No matter what you think of Fiona as a person (she is quite eccentric in more ways than one) it is undeniable what kind of talent she has. Her music is like liquid poetry, each word and note sliding right into the next one, not as if it was written that way, by destined to be so. Her voice is thick, and sultry, filled with the heaviness of regret and pain that far exceeds her age.
Her metaphors are amazingly clever and powerful and yet so easy to understand. Her use of rhyme, puns and alliteration get me every time. Lines like "my pretty mouth will frame the phrases that will dispprove your faith in man" hits a spike with each consinant. "You can use my skin to bury secrets in" manages to sound both sensual and creepy. She seems to know herself so well and has no problem letting us know the truth.
If you enjoyed "Tidal", there would have to be something terribly wrong with you to not like "When the Pawn..." just as much, if not moreso. I just hope that she continues the trend of each album blowing the former out of the water (if her label ever actually lets her release Extrodinary Machine)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars hurry fiona... i wanna hear you extraordinary machine
this cd, along with TIDAL are 2 of my favorite cd's of all time... i won't be long, but i will say this much...GET THE DOUBLE CD DEAL.... IF YOU DON'T HAVE THESE CD'S ... Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by SupaSista
5.0 out of 5 stars Every track is amazing...
When I first heard "When the Pawn...", I have to admit that I didn't like it very much. It wasn't so much that I didn't like the songs; this album is just so completely... Read more
Published on April 11 2004 by allison
4.0 out of 5 stars Wise beyond her years
Combining an alluringly smoky voice with sparky lyrics that hit their target every time, Fiona Apple has plenty of evident talent, and _When the Pawn_ showcases it brilliantly. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by N. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Mistaken Tools
"I'm gonna make a mistake, I'm gonna do it on purpose," murmurs Fiona Apple just over halfway into her sophomore release, "When the Pawn... Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by C. Wroble
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius!!
I've had this cd for a few years now and i still find myself playing it on repeat. Fiona Apple has on of the most distinguished, amazing voices ever and her lyrical poetry... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Daryl Frasch
3.0 out of 5 stars Finding a Voice
One of the most interesting singer-songwriters out there, Fiona Apple follows her debut "Tidal" with this worthwile, well-accomplished release. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by gonn1000
5.0 out of 5 stars when the pawn...
there are no words to describe the pure genius that is fiona apple. i think both "tidal" & "when the pawn... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Anthony
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful calming CD to listen to
I love this CD the rhythm is calming and has a small element of jazz. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because I felt her other CD is better. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars still
Aaaaaa I love tidal and this one is great too! The songs are always deep and beautiful. Great work.
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
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