8. 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
Fiona Apple’s last album Extraordinary Machine is a glaring example of label troubles. After two years of delays and leaked demos, Epic Records finally released it in 2005 — but hey, at least we got two versions of that excellent record. It looks like the label might’ve learned from their mistake, releasing her newest album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, pretty much right after they found out about it.
So if it wasn’t the label’s fault, why has it been seven years before she put out a new album? Apple actually recorded The Idler Wheel… in secret, without the label’s knowledge. She had no pressure in the studio and created the album she wanted to make — an album that might be her best.
The Idler Wheel… doesn’t have the grand arrangements of Extraordinary Machine, but the pared-down music is still her most adventurous. And her lyrics are as sharp as ever — conveying every bit of the incredible emotion held within.
Fiona Apple’s absences are easy to forgive, because her records are always so good.