I’m gonna do it on purpose: the best of Fiona Apple

This exquisitely self-dramatizing singer-songwriter has kept her sizable cult intact through the vagaries of record company politics. When I saw her in September 1997 on the Tidal tour she had already seduced a fair number of teenagers who have matured with her. I wasn’t a fan but was impressed with her confidence. To my ears When The Pawn… wasn’t a leap forward so much as a consolidation; since her teenage years she has understood how to present herself, shaming Rufus Wainwright, John Grant, and any male colleague whose rococo wiles adduce the complexity of their reactions. By the time she released 2012’s The Idler Wheel she was occupying her own space, delighting in playing from the periphery, dismissing a lover, perhaps “Jonathan,” as a werewolf, a shark, chemical — all in the same song — but concludes, “But we can still support each other, all we gotta do’s avoid each other.”

1. Werewolf
2. Carrion
3. Hot Knife
4. Window
5. Shadowboxer
6. Jonathan
7. To Your Love
8. The First Taste
9. Extraordinary Machine
10. Sleep to Dream
11. Valentine
12. Get Him Back
13. Criminal
14. O Sailor
15. Anything We Want
16. Fast As You Can
17. I Know
18. Paper Bag
19. Periphery
20. A Mistake

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