Thanks to our endless fixation with celebrity failings, Fiona Apple is known today as much for incidents on the stage as anything else. But let’s not forget the reason we know her name in the first place. As she’s proven time and again, few can cut an emotion in a song as lean as Apple. Her newest album, the raw “The Idler Wheel…” puts a finer point on it—hearing it is as thrilling as it was to hear her debut for the first time.
Before she plays Denver’s Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall, let’s throw a dart at a picture of an ex-flame and countdown the 10 best Fiona Apple songs so far.
10) Extraordinary Machine
By its lead-off title track, you’d be forgiven for thinking “Extraordinary Machine” is the soundtrack to a Fiona Apple musical. The whimsical track is sprinkled with pizzicato cello notes, marimbas and chimes. “I’ve been getting along long before you came into the play,” Apple sings, confirming suspicions. Like a playwright, she’ll turn you into a plot piece if you do her wrong: “Be kind to me or treat me mean / I’ll make the most of it / I’m an extraordinary machine.”