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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter's third album finally sees the light of day after originally being shelved by her record label in 2003 and then leaked onto the Internet. This official 'Machine' is a newly-recorded version (with producer Mike Elizondo taking over for the original's Jon Brion), so if you've heard the leaked tracks, you haven't heard this. Let the comparisons begin! Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    This is one helluva piece of singer-songwriter art. [Nov 2005, p.129]
  2. Although Mike Elizondo adds momentum, Jon Brion's colors still predominate, and the melodic and structural contours are all Apple's.
  3. The title track and "Waltz" bookend Extraordinary Machine. Both excel, set to Brion's signature command of crisp, idiomatic, Van Dyke Parks-influenced Hollywood symphonics. But the Elizondo-Kehew tracks top them.
  4. Apart the two versions are about equal, combined they could have been amazing.
  5. Apple's strongest and most detailed batch of songs yet.
  6. 75
    Elizondo's zippy production effectively pushes Apple's tendency to plod. [Nov 2005, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 105
  2. Negative: 7 out of 105
  1. Jul 10, 2012
    I've always known about Fiona Apple, but never gave her the light of day. Hype is an evil thing. The hype surrounding this album however is 100% accurate, it's a fantastic album. Every track is sung with such beautiful honesty from Apple that you really can understand what she's feeling and what she's been through. I love this album with a such a passion. A Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2010
    Such an amazing album!!!!!! I jknow ever word to every song and can hit all the notes...Fiona apple is such a good singer and deserves to be recognized Expand
  3. Mar 12, 2012
    I found this album/CD at the record shop in brand new condition. I didn't buy it originally for certain reasons, but now that I have it, I can't stop playing it. I enjoy this album much more than Fiona Apple's previous albums - although those are very good also. There's something about this album that makes for good listening. The overall sound is lighter than her older material, but it has an easy flow which is very enjoyable. Pitchfork needs to loosen up a little. They are so anal - this album is much better than a 6.2 rating. I give it an "8" which stands for almost excellent. I am so sorry I didn't look for this album when it first came out. Expand

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