Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel...
4.0 Release Date: 2012
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5.0 classicYoung Buck | December 14th 12

Nothing wrong when a song ends in a minor key

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4.5 superbjoplinpicasso | October 10th 12

Each song and every lyric and vocal take from Apple cut exactly like the claustrophobic-yet-joyous big-band jazz closer's title; that is, to say, like a hot knife. Her best album yet.

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4.5 superbExtraordinaryMachine | September 3rd 12

Unsurprisingly great. Can't give it 5 now but time will go by and I'm sure it'll sink in and become a classic album.

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4.0 excellentTravis Montgomery | February 9th 13

I don't know if this is absolutely revolutionary or just terribly self-indulgent... then again I could say the same thing about Sufjan Stevens who I love with a passion.
*A couple listens later*
Okay, now I'm getting it. Much better on second listen. 3.9/5

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4.2 excellentGreg Fisher STAFF | January 29th 13

While numerous contemporary art pop artists heavily rely on excess and elaborate arrangements, Fiona Apple opts for unorthodox minimalism on her first album in seven years. The Idler Wheel... is all about subtle piano balladry, and this approach to songcraft works wonders for Apple whose eccentric, if vulnerable personality is now at the forefront, perfectly bare and not muddled by any unnecessary studio tricks. That's the reason why The Idler Wheel... is so profoundly personal, tackling Apple's neurotic tendencies and fears with raw intensity. It also makes complete sense that the artist's vivid voice and trusty piano playing are supplemented with Charley Drayton's equally important percussion work, that gives the record an eerie, often idiosyncratic vibe. Even in its most rhythmically non-conventional moments though, The Idler Wheel... revolves around alluring melodies which, along with Fiona's truly unique vision, largely make for its resounding triumph.

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0.0 Jacob R. STAFF | December 19th 12

It's hard to admit The Idler Wheel is a mess, because the album gives the impression of being meaningful. It only flirts with purposeful melodies, and basks in bitter dissonance for something with which we're supposed to connect. What's the album trying to say, though? Hell if I know, and I'm not sure I want to.

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4.5 superbHe Instagram his watch like #MadRichAlert | December 14th 12

yeah, fuck you guys.

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4.0 excellentG.M.B. | July 6th 12

The last song is kind of annoying, but otherwise this is fantastic.

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