Today marks the official release of “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do,” a relatively short name from a woman who once used an eight line poem as an album title.
The seven year span since 2005′s Extraordinary Machine has given Fiona Apple plenty of time to redevelop, tweak, redevelop again, and mature her sound to its fullest nature. With eclectic melodies stripped down yet full of complex subtleties, the sounds work to further highlight the real showcase- Apple’s sweet tremolo voice and raspy poetry.
With three area performances, including two this weekend (She plays MGM Grand this Friday, June 22, Calvin Theatre in Northampton the next day, and Ives Concert Park in Danbury June 29), it would be worth the time to get acclimated to these 10 tracks of wonder.
“Idler Wheel…” runs the gamut of brutal emotion, from the passion of the hope for love in Valentine to howls of tortured anger over a failed relationship in Regret. Anything We Want, a song performed on Jimmy Fallon on the eve of the album’s release, has Apple coyly playing the child-like innocence of romance with seductive maturity in the same breath.
The album closes with Hot Knife, a round of symphonic beauty that melts across the ears with a richness that would make Paula Deen blush.
A video for the first single, Every Single Night, takes the singer further from her off-kilter ways with oxen lovers, crocodile feeding, mollusk baths, and cephalopod headgear. It’s fantastic to watch, see it below:
The entire album is available to stream live on NPR, as well as on Spotify.
Also out today: new albums from the barely-legal Justin Bieber and the latest iteration of The Smashing Pumpkins.
Bieber’s “Believe” is what you would expect: somewhat catchy yet safe, pop tunes that alternate between the sound of an Usher b-side or part of the soundtrack to a CW network tween drama like One Tree Hill. That being said, production is also what you would expect: pristine.
Perhaps the most ear catching track is “Beauty And A Beat.” With the help of Nicki Minaj it manages to launch into a thick enough verse to induce some head bopping. The result also solidifies Minaj’s status in the Hot 97 / YMCMB ‘not real hip hop’ feud.
The Smashing Pumpkins “Oceania” today, the band’s (Billy’s?) latest album released as a 14-track chunk inserted into the 44 song “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope” concept album. Confused? It’s okay- think of it like a box set that just isn’t complete yet.
The rocker-gone-prophet-turned-egotistical ego hater and wrestling mogul looks back a little further into the Pumpkins catalog for influences in the latest effort, though the “Zeitgeist” of 2007 seems to remain a touchstone for the more guitar-driven segments. There is noticeably less push toward grit, and a comfort with poppy (almost new-wave) synth tones. “Oceania” sounds less forced.
Comparisons to earlier Pumpkins incarnations are futile now more than ever. Despite the necessary side-by-side analysis, let’s face it: this is a completely different band. “Oceania” is a decent album.
“Oceania” was first made available to stream through iTunes, though since the release it has since shifted to a simple ‘preview’ mode. The full album was still available Tuesday on the official site, spoceania.com.
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