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When The Pawn... Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 9 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Run Time: 42.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B00002MZ4W
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 493 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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.

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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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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. I know it has not been an easy ride for her. I would at this point give Tidal a FIVE.
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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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"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...," an album equal in the chances it takes and the success that it has. She's right: the album is a giant mistake. 1999, the year that saw the album's release, was supposed to be a year off for solo songstresses; Alanis was in her awkward unplugged stage between "Thank U"'s full-frontal video and a new album to come in 2002, Madonna was still reaping success from "Ray of Light," her reintroduction into pop culture, Shania was about to hit it huge with 1997's "Come on Over," Jewel put out a label-pleasing Christmas album, Natalie Imbruglia was living large overseas off of her revamping of Ednaswap's "Torn," Sheryl Crow's "Globe Sessions" fame had died down, and Paula Cole and Meredith Brooks put out two career-devastating albums on the same date, "Amen" and "Deconstruction." Hell, the most successful female of '99 was Erykah Baduh, and that was only because she crooned the acoustic-soul refrain of the Roots' "You Got Me." On top of all this, Fiona Apple was not supposed to save female rock 'n roll. She had become famous off of the thriller "Criminal," which could be attributed solely to its just-short-of-soft-core-porn video. So on November 9th, 1999, "When the Pawn..." hit the shelves, the biggest f*ck-up in the history of female music. But after a listen, the album can easily be described by another Fiona-penned lyric: "I'm always doing what I think I should, almost always doing everybody good."
The goodness kicks off with "On Your Bound," almost a "Criminal" rewrite due to its recycling of pounding piano chords and shy carnival flutes.
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When Fiona Apple first came out with her debut album "Tidal", I wasn't sure what to make of her but over time her songs grew on me and I eventually bought the album. I loved "Tidal" and still do to this very day. Fiona is one of the few rare young artists who wears her emotions on her sleeves and doesn't come off as a flash in a pan or as some sort of poseur (see Avril Lavigne). When Fiona released her second album "When the Pawn...", I couldn't believe the ridiculousness of the length in her album title. I thought it was the silliest thing I have ever seen, not to mention a bit on the pretentious side. To be honest, I didn't think (and I still don't) that the follow-up to "Tidal" was able to match up to its predecessor. "Tidal" is definitely my favorite of the two Fiona Apple cds. "When the Pawn..." isn't terrible by all means but it I find myself liking "Tidal" slightly more . Nevertheless there are still some solid songs on "When the Pawn...". My favorites includes: "Fast As You Can", "On the Bound", "and "Paper Bag". Fiona still manages to crank out songs that shows her angst in her lyrics with the sparse melodies of her piano playing with heavy bass beats in the background. Jon Brion does a marvelous job as the producer. Since her last boyfriend dumped Fiona a year or two ago, I can only imagine what her next album will sound like. Hopefully Fiona's third album will be released sometime in this lifetime.
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If you've ever been in love, then you'll be able to feel these words from under your skin, from the song "Paper Bag", which I think, is THE song about what it feels to be in love for all time. Set against an easygoing melody,with jazzy piano chords backing up in the accompaniment, the song has a serene, and almost happy surface.Only after repeated listenings does the song reveal its sadness and weariness. Fiona's delivery is so In the song, and so impassioned, that, you feel the song even more. That's not all there is though. Every track is a standout in its own right. This chick makes damn perfect music, I swear. The opening track draws you in instantly with its fierce piano playing,swirling beat,agorgeous melody, and larger than life chorus. She comes into the song full of authority and leaves the song hanging on shades of regret and desperation.A line I love from this song (It's true I do imbue my blue unto myself I make it bitter, baby, lay your head on my lap one more time, tell me you belong to me). One can feel the overwhelming outpouring of emotion that goes into this song.To Your Love is killer-sexy and sad at the same time.The bridge is incredible, with Fiona yelling out, almost savagely, Limp is another great song, that keeps shifting tempos, alternating between the quiet verses, and the fierce chorus. There's a great drum solo in this song that really pumps things up. On track four, Fiona cools down with a lovely piano ballad.Graceful, acomplished, simple, and beautifully written+performed with an understated edge.A Mistake is dead-sexy.Smoky,devilish, and you can't help but sing along to it.Fast As You Can-a tricky beat, quickly sung verses,funky chorus, and a beautiful bridge(and I'll be your girl, if you say it's a gift). Interesting song.Read more ›
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