Fiona Apple is one of pop music’s maximalists. She has unique and unplaceable vocal style; her songs are jammed with lyrics delivered in urgent, breathless, monologue. A lot of her songs sound like insistent Sondheim recitative or slam poetry. The titles of her albums set records for their length (When The Pawn…’s and The Idler Wheel…’s full titles run to 89 and 23 words respectively). Her work is unstable and unpredictable; songs regularly take wild swerves and end up in completely different places to where they start. Successive tracks on her albums have full orchestral arrangements, brass bands, jazz bands…

Edward Henderson

composer and performer

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