When The Pawn... Enhanced
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Japanese edition of the hit vocalist's 1999 & second album with two bonus tracks added, 'Never Is A Promise' & her cover of The Beatles' classic 'Across The Universe' that she contributed to the soundtrack to the hit 1998 film 'Pleasantville'. 12 tracks total.
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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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)!
The goodness kicks off with "On Your Bound," almost a "Criminal" rewrite due to its recycling of pounding piano chords and shy carnival flutes.Read more ›
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CD arrived earlier than i expected. Was in good condition. And it is just nice to keep up with Fiona ... still can't get over Tidal. I wish her nothing but the best. Read morePublished 14 months ago by just another guy
Fiona Apple is pissed off! And that passion comes through loud and clear on tracks like Limp and Get Gone. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Luis M. Luque
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... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Paul Allaer
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... Read morePublished on July 6 2004
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 morePublished on April 18 2004 by M. Sheá
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 morePublished on April 11 2004 by allison
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 morePublished on March 19 2004 by N. Clarke
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 morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by Daryl Frasch
One of the most interesting singer-songwriters out there, Fiona Apple follows her debut "Tidal" with this worthwile, well-accomplished release. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by gonn1000