In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “42 minutes of a truly unique voice, delivering some truly unique, yet somehow familiar feeling music.”
After deciding I wanted to review a Fiona Apple record, I quickly realised I had no idea why. I couldn’t remember where or how I first became aware of her, or what made me think she was someone I needed to listen to. So I went in search of a bio and found this from Rolling Stone, “A late-1990s overnight sensation, Fiona Apple was cast as the antidote to packaged pop divettes like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Considering her angst-ridden lyrics and her propensity to shock interviewers, some critics classed her among such provocateurs as Alanis Morissette and Sinéad O’Connor”. Luckily I found that after listing to When the Pawn… Because if I’d read it first, I probably never would have listened to a note of Fiona Apple, and never would have discovered that she’s kind of amazing.
A haunting, lurching piano march starts things off with On the Bound, before the strong, commanding voice of Apple takes full control. Apple even makes the occasional vocal warble sound authoritative. This is the kind of music that is usually tamed by someone like Tom Waits, hearing a woman with such a firm grip on the wheel somehow sounds more natural. Even when juxtaposed by the tiny physical frame of Fiona Apple, it just seems right. And it works just as well as she tackles the deep horns and haunted house vibes and percussion of To Your Love. (more…)