When The Pawn... - Fiona Apple
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 74
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 74
  3. Negative: 3 out of 74

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  1. Mar 16, 2012
    10
    This album was Fiona coming into her real power. Utilizing heavy and interesting rhythms while using the lower register of the piano brings a dark and, at the same time, funky feel to her music. Her ballads shine even greater than they did on her first album as they move gently and make it difficult to shake the feeling of shear heartbreak. I have not heard a female artist with lyricalThis album was Fiona coming into her real power. Utilizing heavy and interesting rhythms while using the lower register of the piano brings a dark and, at the same time, funky feel to her music. Her ballads shine even greater than they did on her first album as they move gently and make it difficult to shake the feeling of shear heartbreak. I have not heard a female artist with lyrical craft nearly as great as Ms. Apple's. Not only is this album a 10 out of 10, it ranks to be in my top 20 favorite albums of all time. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2013
    10
    This album hits a variety of notes literally and metaphorically The media should take notes from this masterpiece every song is outstanding in its own right. Ranging from Fiona`s piano playing to her amazing voice down to the outright brilliant lyrics not only one of the best single female albums but one of the greatest single albums of all time. 10/10
  3. Feb 17, 2015
    9
    After her first major debut album, totally dramatic and based piano.Fiona realizes that could improve his music following the line criminal.All songs were exceptionally well crafted and and well cared for during production, an album that does not waste a single track and all has its important role.Paper Bag is the most outstanding and deserves space in this review.a brilliant music inAfter her first major debut album, totally dramatic and based piano.Fiona realizes that could improve his music following the line criminal.All songs were exceptionally well crafted and and well cared for during production, an album that does not waste a single track and all has its important role.Paper Bag is the most outstanding and deserves space in this review.a brilliant music in lyrics and sound. had everything to become a phenomenon in the charts. but did not.The whole album had the potential to have been an explosion on the charts, as Adele and Norah Jones, for all the songs here sound like pop/rock hits, just extremely sophisticated.-UNIVERSAL ACCLAIM- Expand
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Fiona's brand of heartache is a welcome, dark respite from the avalanche of popcrap.
  2. Apple's piano trundles, the strings loom, the beats clop; everything, including her throaty voice, has alluring dark circles under it. With their hints of cabaret, tango, and doomed chanteuses, the melodies slither rather than pummel you.
  3. And for her second album of Amos-aping MTV-branded Lilith Fair fodder, the barmiest, prettiest pretender to Tori's throne of corporate crackpot chic deals unashamedly in that tired and trusted heavyweight heart-tugging currency: relationships.