The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do
by Fiona Apple
- Record Label: Epic
- Release Date: Jun 19, 2012
- Summary: The singer-songwriter began recording her fourth studio album in secret in 2008 or 2009.
- Record Label: Epic
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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MojoJun 25, 2012It's a hyper-vivid and intensely musical affair that takes us deep inside Apple's skittish, fretful mind. [Jul 2012, p.82]
Jun 19, 2012A Remarkable album on every single musical level. Last year PJ Harvey brought out 'Let England Shake' where Mike Williams of the NME statedA Remarkable album on every single musical level. Last year PJ Harvey brought out 'Let England Shake' where Mike Williams of the NME stated "Francis Ford Coppola can lay claim to the war movie. Ernest Hemingway the war novel. Polly Jean Harvey, a 41-year-old from Dorset, has claimed the war album,"
With this album Fiona Apple captures the greatest break-up album we will ever hear. Every one of this albums 10 tracks is remarkable and each song will leave an indelible imprint in your mind forever.
Its not often that an album with this much hype live's up to all the anticipation, but it most certainly does. Its the album that will remain strong forever. It will never get week. It will always be able to be played and its verver will resonate in your heart whenever you need to feel the love of great music.
I give this album a 10 out of 10 as it will certainly be in my top 10 albums of 2012 list.
My words cannot express enough how worthwhile it is to experience this album right this very second!… Expand
Jun 19, 2012I say with zero hesitation or exaggeration that this record is a masterpiece. Sometimes when I'm listening to the Idler Wheel I need to get upI say with zero hesitation or exaggeration that this record is a masterpiece. Sometimes when I'm listening to the Idler Wheel I need to get up and punch the air and jump on top of things. I mean, it's an incredibly strong emotional and physical reaction. She has punched me in the gut and I'm still winded.… Expand
Jun 26, 2012Sit with this one for a bit, because its a grower. The first few listens may be a bit frustrating or underwhelming. But then you realize it'sSit with this one for a bit, because its a grower. The first few listens may be a bit frustrating or underwhelming. But then you realize it's only because you're looking for a certain type of song. Soon the melodies flow and the lyrics sink in. The stark contrast between her past work and this new collection makes it even better. Fiona Apple is clearly pushing herself, with new vocal harmonies she hasn't sang before over far more minimal instrumentation than ever, and it works. I love this album. The more i listen to it, the better it is. The catchiest numbers for any that are curious are- "Every Single Night," "Periphery," and "Anything We Want." But these aren't even necessarily the best, give the album a few listens as a whole and you'll see what i mean. Amazing work.… Expand
Jun 19, 2012"The Idler Wheel" shows what music is in a purely artistic manner. Not written to contain a top 40 hit, or buy another car or house... but to"The Idler Wheel" shows what music is in a purely artistic manner. Not written to contain a top 40 hit, or buy another car or house... but to convey an emotional response from the listener. The raw nature of the songs somehow seems to leave less to mask what it is being expressed in each song. It's not something I would consider "accessible" to the pop community, but any musician or really any true artist should be able to appreciate what this album is and what it brings to the table.… Expand
Oct 6, 2012An album made for people who can understand it, their low sales refer to mass culture imposed by the media. Don't sold muchAn album made for people who can understand it, their low sales refer to mass culture imposed by the media. Don't sold much because much of the current population is not able to interpret it, to understand what it means and were guided to hearing songs completely different and boring like Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, even the strange Adole. Too bad for those who reject this masterpiece, because they are having a chance to completely change your viewpoint about anything just hearing the ten tracks that make up the best album of the year.… Expand
Jul 22, 2012I had to really devote a lot of my time to this album but it was completely worth it. Apple almost makes an album that's better thanI had to really devote a lot of my time to this album but it was completely worth it. Apple almost makes an album that's better than Extraordinary Machine, almost. Each track is beautifully written and sung with raw emotion. All in All, The Idler Wheel... is a fantastic album. A-… Expand
Jun 24, 2012THE IDLER... is one the most overrated albums that i counl hear in my entire life, its a completely waste of time try to understand every songTHE IDLER... is one the most overrated albums that i counl hear in my entire life, its a completely waste of time try to understand every song that conposed this album, i love Fiona's interpretation but the album like a whole thing don't convince me, maybe is the meaningless lyrics or the awful and akward rithm, i cannot say more of this album, never will be a masterpiece like Adele's 21, recently named one of the best album ever play by a female singer, this is that i call a good album, I'm sorry Fiona, good luck to the next try.… Expand
Published: December 4, 2012Over the next two months (as we do every year), we'll collect the individual year-end Top Ten lists published by over 100 major music critics, websites, and other publications. Check back daily, as we'll update the overall standings whenever new lists are published.
Awards & Rankings
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|Singles: The Definitive 45's Collection - Sun Ra|
|The 1966 Live Recordings [Box Set] - Bob Dylan|
|We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest|
|Eternity, In Your Arms - Creeper|
|The Order of Time - Valerie June|
|Fuzzy Logic [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] - Super Furry Animals|
|50 Song Memoir - Magnetic Fields|
|Fantasizing About Being Black - Otis Taylor|
|Guppy - Charly Bliss|
|Obituary - Obituary|
|Black America Again - Common|
|Run the Jewels 3 - Run the Jewels|
|Arca - Arca|
|More Scared of You than You Are of Me - The Smith Street Band|
|What in the Natural World - Jake Xerxes Fussell|
|Forever - Code Orange|
|Nightmare Logic - Power Trip|