Music for your Monday: NPR Music is streaming Fiona Apple’s ‘The Idler Wheel’ in its entirety. Enjoy!
OH GOOD SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO TONIGHT
I’ve already listened to this album twice, and I love it. I’ve hitherto been a casual Fiona fan: I liked her music whenever I heard it, but I rarely felt compelled to return to it. This time, though, I plan to buy The Idler Wheel… and study it thoroughly. I appreciate the minimal arrangements, the occasional dips into polytonality, and the deliberately raw singing. I like the fact that, although the songs themselves are catchy and melodic, the album as a whole makes no attempt to be radio-friendly. Occasional lyrics from the album have already inhabited my head. I hear self-actualization @ work on The Idler Wheel… and it makes me happy.