|  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Album review: Fiona Apple spins a yarn on new album

PHOTO AP
19 June 2012, Tuesday /AP
After making a name for herself at 19 with her acclaimed debut “Tidal” in 1996, Fiona Apple slowed down and almost ground down to a halt.

Now 34, she releases her fourth album after a seven-year break, and the title’s a mouthful: “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.”

But the dense name is merely indicative of the richness of material on the album and the now 34-year-old’s fearlessness in taking her time to do the exact music she wants.

Stripped down to ten tracks and using instruments scarcely, “The Idler Wheel” presents the listener with a deceptive facade of frugality, when in fact, like with all of Apple’s work, it blooms into a rich tapestry of emotional stories. The singer pours herself vulnerable and raw into the music, particularly on tracks like “Every Single Night,” ‘’Periphery” and “Anything We Want.” Apple’s remarkable voice exudes a mix of confidence and hurt, modulating itself perfectly to the atmosphere of each song.

Apart from intuitive use of non-instrumental sounds such as a typewriter (“Regret”), children’s voices on a playground (“Werewolf”) and birds flapping their wings (“Daredevil”), Apple brings to the table her impeccable lyric-writing skills and instinct for the most wonderful turn of phrase. After all, who else would put in the same song words like “orotund,” ‘’reticulate” and “valedictories” and get away with it? At the end of the album, you feel like you’ve been to wonderland.

Check this track out: “Regret” lodges itself in your brain like an obsessive letter to an ex-lover.

Fiona Apple, “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do” (Epic Records)

 
 
ARTS & CULTURE  Other Titles
‘Let's Sin': Thou shalt not kill
Film on young victims of Dersim massacre shown in Ankara
This week in theaters
Rapper Nas kicks off Tribeca festival with documentary, concert
Dikbaş brings a flow of ideas to new Gallery Tankut Aykut
Kutluğ Ataman's 1995 debut feature revisited 19 years on
Tickets for Ankara Jazz Festival on sale, Pink Martini among guests
Art news in brief
Crime king Jo Nesbo's tale of revenge has echoes of his own father
Adana's theater festival marks 16th year with Aquatic Parade
‘Istanbul United': Resisting football and fury
Al Di Meola to delight Ankara audience at music festival
Tickets for Itzhak Perlman's upcoming İstanbul concert still on sale
Aw, geez, ‘Fargo' is on TV with Billy Bob Thornton
Singer Audra McDonald transforms into Billie Holiday on Broadway
Labor film festival to mark ninth year in four cities
Opus Amadeus Festival concludes with baroque gems
‘The Friend': a look into reality that surrounds us
'Captain America' soars above ‘Rio 2'
Glitzy Olivier Awards honors ‘Mormon', ‘Ghosts'
‘Grandmaster' nearly sweeps Hong Kong Film Awards
‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire' sweeps MTV Movie Awards
Turkish palms and Byzantine paintings
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier': Maybe the most grown-up Avengers movie yet
CULTURAL AGENDA
...
Bloggers