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Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw [VINYL] [Import]

Fiona Apple Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (19 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B007VTVG4C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Primo Apple 31 July 2012
By Kenneth
Format:Audio CD
You gotta love Fiona apple! She's still uncomfortably honest, unapologetically confessional, continually in crisis and producing albums with the title length of a William Blake poem. She'll never change and thank goodness for that, because most importantly she's still able to make brilliant music out of all this neuroses. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do is her stellar fourth studio album, that now easily secures her a place along side PJ Harvey, Cat Power and Bjork as one of the greatest female singer songwriters of the last twenty years. There's always been an undercurrent of darkness to Fiona's music in the past, but her enraged vocals and bleak minor chords are no longer in the periphery here, instead they're obtrusively planted right at the centre.

"Every single night" Whimsically guttural singing and playfully angst ridden lyrics shouldn't be too unfamiliar to Fiona Apple diehards but they may be a little suprised to find the sweet melodious instrumentation that normally accompanies them absent. A sparsely played piano, minimal glockenspiel and an aggresive vocal harmony is about all you can hear for the entirity of this song and as an opener it isn't a red herring for the rest of the album either. Most of these songs have a pared down dissonant quality to them and don't really lend themselves to being featured on commercial radio stations unlike her previous output (Extraordinary Machine especially). The ecclecticism that Fiona's quite renowned for is still to be found on this album though, it's just a little difficult to spot at first, with the angry singing and morose piano chords seemingly dominating every song.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 14 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
This Lp seems to divide opinion. I must admit that I hadn't heard a lot of Fiona Apple prior to hearing this, so I had no preconceived opinions. Once I heard the first two tracks I knew I had to buy it, it's easily in my top three albums of the year and probably my favourite. It's jazzy, sparse, groovy, intense and uncompromising on every level, but that doesn't mean it's hard work. I was surprised how quickly the grooves and melodies got under my skin, and the lyrics are some of the best you'll ever hear. A magnificient, tour de force of an album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiona Apple: Challenging but worth it...... 26 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
Fourth album from Fiona Apple is probably her most "difficult" sonically. If you are a long-standing Fiona fan then you will still appreciate one of the most gifted and intelligent artists in the world at work.
Album starts strongly with "Every Single Night" and "Valentine" but struggles to be as immediate later on, although ironically my favourite song here is track 6 ("Werewolf"). The album is a more sparse affair than some of Fiona Apple's previous efforts, focussing more on vocals, piano and light on percussion. To me it needs more of a "lighter" touch in places, (guitar or strings) to give contrast to the brutally and typically honest but downbeat subject matter of her lyrics. Album closer "Hot Knife" is upbeat though.
This is a VERY minor criticism as this is still an album you MUST own if you are a Fiona fan. However if you are new to her music and curious as to what the rest of us are so excited about, go for "Tidal" instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...with knobs on. 10 May 2013
Format:Audio CD
Fiona Apple - not a name I was too familiar with, but she has to be one of the coolest people on the planet. There's something about the thrash of noise rumbling along in the background that puts me in mind of Tom Waits....for she is THAT cool. The melodies twist...convulse...and always manage to be beautiful....melancholic. The album beckons play after play....strong voice, punchy words....brave melodies - the album has it all. A brief trawl of her back catalogue tells me I have months of happy exploration ahead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe edition 26 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had the standard edition of the album a month before the deluxe edition arrived. It is needless to say that this album is one of the best to be released this year, and I doubt there will be any other which can top this record. The lyrics are all very touching and relatable, whilst powerful and in-your-face. I cannot choose a favorite, they are all really good and go great together. I ordered the deluxe album because I am addicted to notebooks, and this idea of the design being done by Fiona herself, with handwritten lyrics and drawings, seemed very intimate and interesting. The two photographs that come together add an extra layer to this maximum experience of expression. The DVD that comes together is really good too, too bad there are only 5 live songs. It should have come with the music video of the single too. And Largo, the extra track of the iTunes edition, could have been included in the CD. Only small flaws to this beautifully crafted concept.
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Format:Audio CD
Fiona Apple is one of those artists who you remain instantly drawn towards as you are never too sure what she will do next. Her debut album "Tidal", released back in 1996, was very beautifully written with intelligent lyrics and well constructed melodies. Since then, her recordings have been much looser and more experimental but her new release "The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Screw..." takes Fiona's creativity to a totally new level of chaos.

The opener and lead single "Every Single Night" is a hypnotic and delicate song with subtle arrangements, clever vocals and a simple yet addictive chorus, quite similar to "Extraordinary Machine" from her previous album. The fantastic "Daredevil" is much darker, even macabre in places, and suits Fiona like a glove as she is able to portray her angst through this track. "Valentine" is much more subdued in comparison but retains Fiona's quirkiness and originality. "Jonathan", a chaotic Jazz influenced track with abrupt changes in melody and chords, is another brilliant composition. The manic "Left Alone" speeds up and slows down as soon as you adjust to each pace, so it still remains slightly misunderstood for me, but "Werewolf" and "Periphery" are more accessible and have well constructed melodies and a playful feel to them. "Periphery" has a very interesting melody combined with a rhythmic fast paced piano and lots of intermitent percussion sounds, making it another standout creation. "Regret" is quite angry and Fiona deliberately shouts her way through the track at various intervals, adding to the disturbing melody and arrangements of the song - again, I am not sure about this one. "Anything We Want" has a very infectious chorus and intimate lyrics which make it another highlight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
I have always been a big fan of Fiona Apple and this album did not disappoint at all. It was shipped in excellent condition and in the time they claimed it would.
Published 8 days ago by jason sharpe
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
every song demands your attention, a really first rate album.
just buy it, it doesnt get old and will bring you a lot of strength in listening.
Published 3 months ago by Tink
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different
I rarely write reviews , (although i occasionally find them useful when trying an artist for the first time) as i think everyone has their own opinions , and that's all they are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. J. Bentley
2.0 out of 5 stars Fiona is amazing but is this album a joke?
I pretty much think that the title says it all. Seriously Fiona? What was she thinking? The only thing that's remotely interesting about this album are the tracks "Every Single... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Arpejo86
2.0 out of 5 stars What's gone wrong?
I've been a fan of Apple's for a very long time - "Tidal" and "When the Pawn ..." are, to me, seminal works; incredibly strong writing, beautifully and sensitively produced. Read more
Published 10 months ago by E. W. Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album
To be honest, I didn't know any of Fiona Apple's music until the release of this album last year. I was working with a friend who was a big fan and they told me to check her out. Read more
Published 10 months ago by EJF
1.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in pretentious guff
It is pretentious, self-aggrandizing, vainglorious; I feel a tinge of sadness writing this harshly, but it begs to be said that this is not an album of anything remotely presenting... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Matt
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan ....but......
I am a big fan of Ms Apple, but I find this c.d. is self indulgent and more importantly not very tuneful, such a disappointment. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JOHN
5.0 out of 5 stars good service
Product received within the stated time and it was in good sturdy packaging. was as described and my wife loved it!
Published 15 months ago by blondestrawboy
1.0 out of 5 stars I guess she just fell in love and forgot the music
I am a huge Fiona A. fan, but I am so not convinced by this album. It's like she fell in love with someone and HAD to include him in the production, and the result is good for his... Read more
Published 19 months ago by smsdk
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