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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 ifThe 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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Extraordinary Machine
I certainly haven't been shopping for any new shoes And I certainly haven't been spreading myself around I still only travel by foot, and by foot... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    The cleaner take on Extraordinary Machine is like a trip to a less cluttered haunted house, and Apple's more nuanced delivery sticks the knife in, but slowly. It's both charming and devastating. [7 Oct 2005, p.72]
  2. Although Mike Elizondo adds momentum, Jon Brion's colors still predominate, and the melodic and structural contours are all Apple's.
  3. It's another solid set of passionate, angry, marvelously produced songs delivered by a singular voice, and it succeeds by following a muse that doesn't just ignore genre distinctions and pop delineations—it doesn't know they exist.
  4. This is a frequently great and occasionally bold statement from an - extraordinary - artist on top of her game.
  5. Uncut
    80
    There's now a sardonic wit to these break-up ballads. [Dec 2005, p.120]
  6. Spin
    75
    Elizondo's zippy production effectively pushes Apple's tendency to plod. [Nov 2005, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 113
  2. Negative: 9 out of 113
  1. Oct 12, 2010
    10
    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 beSuch 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
  2. desiree
    Nov 24, 2005
    10
    amazing!
  3. JLD
    Oct 3, 2005
    10
    Terrific ! Nice work...
  4. brookeb
    Feb 20, 2006
    10
    Love it! I like to alternate all 3 pf Fiona's cds to gte an unbelievable mix of music. fabulous!
  5. sM
    Oct 19, 2005
    9
    I was weary of buying this one because unlike most of her fans, i'm not a fan of "When the Pawn..", but this one is quite nice. One of I was weary of buying this one because unlike most of her fans, i'm not a fan of "When the Pawn..", but this one is quite nice. One of the best CD's i've bought this year. Expand
  6. Mike
    Mar 6, 2007
    8
    Very good.... But I liked her 2nd album alot more.
  7. jim
    Nov 26, 2005
    0
    yawn.

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