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Extraordinary Machine [CD+DVD, DualDisc]

Fiona Apple Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Fiona Apple made her debut at age 19 with 1996’s Tidal, which is certified triple Platinum. Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1997 and in 1998 she won a GRAMMY for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for one of the album’s singles, “Criminal.” When the Pawn…followed in 1999, and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “the work of an ... Read more in Amazon's Fiona Apple Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD, DualDisc
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B000B65422
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Extraordinary Machine
2. Get Him Back
3. Oh Sailor
4. Better Version Of Me
5. Tymps
6. Parting Gift
7. Window
8. Oh Well
9. Please Please Please
10. Red Red Red
11. Not About Love
12. Waltz

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Machine, indeed. 11 May 2006
By Thomas
Format:Audio CD
This album is indeed an extraordinary piece of work. Fiona has clearly grown as an artist during the six years between this offering and her last; she is embracing more genres, more instrumentation and occasionally moves away from the typical 4/4 time signature. She is also prone to messing around with tempo of her songs and is not afraid to stray from the standard verse/chorus/verse formula, which helps to keep things interesting. Her already excellent vocals have also been improved upon and her vocal phrasing is at times nothing short of stunning.

As is the case with Apple, most of her songs focus on relationships, but she sings upon an old theme with relative originality and she has some interesting lyrics, 'I think he let me down when he didn't disappoint me.'

Some reviewers have called the album commercial, in part due to a dispute with her record label - I cannot comment on this since I know little about it. However, I can say it is not an album made purely with record sales in mind, but an intelligent, well thought out and concise offering that rewards a listener who is prepared to engage with it.

It is worthy of a place within any collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's an extraordinary machine 25 Feb 2007
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After six years patiently waiting, I was excited and curious to see how Fiona had develeoped... (Tidal is my favourite album of all time!) The album starts off with the title track sounding like something from a disney soundtrack! Far more lighthearted than anything we have heard her do before. I must say that I was woried! But by the 2nd song we are treated to something sounding far more like the Fiona we know and love. Far more comparable to when the pawn than Tidal the new album is interesting to say the least. For such a die-hard fan like me (Fiona could sing happy birthday and I'd love it!) I am just exstatic to have some new fiona to listen to but I admit that I don't think this will earn her any new fans (not sure if i'd want it to... Let's keep this amazing secret to ourselves!) The style of this album is very difficult to define. Jazzy, strange, unique, more produced than the other albums and rather lacking in the piano solos we got on Tidal and also lacking the simplistic and heart-wrenching beauty of Tidal. But her vocals have improved in the last 6 years, now with a real deep, jazzy feel. She uses her voice like an instrument and at times the music covers this up too much! This album still contains the angst, anger and heart wrenching cry to 'protect me!' that we got from the last two. Stand out tracks for me are Get him back, Parting Gift, Red Red Red and Not about love. Would have been good to have some more 'ballads' though! This album is worth getting for the live dvd alone where we are treated to fiona live - fragile, shy and without vanity (she is a very beautiful lady but wears no make up or fancy clothes on this!) The live 'Fast as you can' is amazing and the new songs are really brought to life. In conclusion - Fiona fans will no doubt be delighted with this - as am I. Don't leave us another 6 year gap next time though Fiona. Please Please Please!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all 18 Oct 2005
By pseudopanax VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Fiona Apple is an acquired taste, despite her huge success in North America. Her sharply percussive and tempo shifting songs and wordy and angst ridden slow sings (dare I call them ballads) are the antithesis of commercial pop rock. Although lacking the melodic sensibilities and the defter touch on the piano of Tori Amos, Apple has forged her own way by adding jazz colours to vocals and instrumentation and a kind of street poetry to her lyrics. Extraordinary Machine, her first album in six years, does not surprise, yet it is extremely satisfying. The title track is unashamedly funny and light, and made all the more sparkling by her confident delivery. O' Sailor is beautifully plangent and full of longing and Please, Please, Please is the closest thing to a minor hit single since Criminal on her debut. There is an assuredness and continuity on this album that was lacking from the sporadically brilliant When the Pawn.... I doubt this album will bring her many more disciples, but for those of us who have followed her from the beginning, it is lovely to have her back.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Haven't revisited Fiona Apple since her first wonderful cd. What a wonderful rich voice. This really showcases that voice and her strengths as a writer.
Published 19 hours ago by Emmabemma
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine CD/DVD
I have to confess that Fiona Apple is new to me and my music collection is all the richer and more vibrant for all three of Fiona's albums to date... Read more
Published on 20 May 2012 by S. D. Stanil
5.0 out of 5 stars A recommendation for people who love music
I had a listen to the cd before I bought it, and my friend, the owner of the cd, said it was jazz. I'm not a fan of jazz mostly, but if this is jazz, I have to review my opinion. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by Jef M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily bad
I really liked her first album, thought that the second album was very average at best, but this one is awful. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by MJS88
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD that deserves your attention
This is an excellent piece of work that deserves a place in the collection of anyone who likes intelligent, well crafted songs. It rewards repeated listening and close attention. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by NGH
2.0 out of 5 stars Her best album, but that's very faint praise
Although she has a limited range as a singer and pianist, I think she's a much stronger performer than she is writer. I've always wondered why she's a singer-songwriter? Read more
Published on 30 May 2010 by BS on parade
2.0 out of 5 stars She's obviously upset about this or that...
Love affairs have always been a basic source of inspiration in modern music and failed relationships for some reason have been a very popular theme among female artists . Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2009 by giovanni
5.0 out of 5 stars Young masterpiece from af stunning talent
"If there was a better way to go then it would find my" Fiona Apple Sings in the chorus of the albums first song. Read more
Published on 28 July 2009 by Christoffer Dejgaard
5.0 out of 5 stars You know what you're getting....
This was a purchase for a friend who is a HUGE Fiona Apple fan, so as expected he was over the moon and thinks this is the best thing since sliced bread. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2009 by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
This artist is most odd but have a lovely deep voice it gets better the more you hear it
Published on 1 Feb 2009 by Colinbaker
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