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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the alternative singer-songwriter was self-produced and features contributions from Davíd Garza, Sebastian Steinberg, and Amy Aileen Wood.
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  • Record Label: Epic
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Apr 22, 2020
    100
    On a purely musical level, it’s a bold experiment in pop craft, a collection of songs on which Apple stretches her talents in adventurous new directions. ... Fetch the Bolt Cutters is Apple’s most timely—and timeless—effort yet.
  2. Apr 17, 2020
    100
    The result is that this seems not so much an album as a sudden glorious eruption; after eight long years, an urgent desire to be heard.
  3. Apr 17, 2020
    100
    “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” is daring in a new way, scrambling and shattering the pop-song structures that once grounded her. ... I am floored by this record. I hear freedom, too. These songs make some breathtaking hairpin turns. ... It’s not just the wild craftsmanship of each song. It’s also that she’s fearless about what she’s doing: with sounds, with structures, with people’s expectations.
  4. Apr 17, 2020
    90
    The result of Apple’s self-imposed social distancing is the stunning intimacy of the material here — a rich text to scour in quarantine. Her idiosyncratic song structures, full of sudden stops and lurching tempo changes, adhere to logic only she could explain, which forces you to listen as attentively as though a dear friend were bending your ear.
  5. Uncut
    May 22, 2020
    90
    Fetch The Bolt Cutters is mostly the soundtrack of liberation, not recrimination, with Apple's piano keys, battering on the walls and barking dogs as its percussive, beating heart. [Jul 2020, p.27]
  6. Apr 23, 2020
    90
    Rage sits alongside heartache and humor, the shifts in mood occurring with a dramatic flair and a disarming playfulness. The unpredictable nature feels complex and profoundly human, resulting in an album that's nourishing and joyfully cathartic.
  7. 80
    This time there’s a more untamed fierceness in Apple’s voice, as she relays tales of feminism, abusive partners, the sacrifices of love and the dinner parties she won’t be quiet at. Unrefined sounds recorded in her LA home make for a visceral listening experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 332
  1. Sep 5, 2020
    10
    We got the Album Of The Decade in the first months of 2020 periodt, it was worth every second of this MASTERPIECE
  2. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    This is such a huge statement as an album. The lyrics are brilliant, incredible instrumental, incredible production, incredible everything. ItThis is such a huge statement as an album. The lyrics are brilliant, incredible instrumental, incredible production, incredible everything. It feels almost like a new statement for music in general, it got too much going on and everything just works incredibly well, nothing like it. It feels like a huge fresh air of a completely original, innovative and refined masterpiece. Expand
  3. May 12, 2020
    10
    Perfect album. Definitely the best album of the year thus far. My ears were constantly surprised by the sounds it heard from Fiona and herPerfect album. Definitely the best album of the year thus far. My ears were constantly surprised by the sounds it heard from Fiona and her band. So many twists and turns, so much storytelling, and unconventional sounds and beats. Just delicious. Expand
  4. Apr 19, 2020
    10
    Fetch the bolt cutters is what we needed in music right now and Fiona knows it, so she made a perfect album with cool lyrics and great sounds.Fetch the bolt cutters is what we needed in music right now and Fiona knows it, so she made a perfect album with cool lyrics and great sounds. It is amazing to listen. You have to. So what do you waiting for. Expand
  5. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    brilliant, her mind is something else. the album is everything i expected and more
  6. Nov 30, 2020
    7
    Good, but very undefining, sounds very experimental both in composition and recording and the whole thing feels "out" and open.
    I don´t see
    Good, but very undefining, sounds very experimental both in composition and recording and the whole thing feels "out" and open.
    I don´t see the ultra praise that it gets. After one listen i did not feel compelled to give it another round.
    But i have enjoyed Fiona's previous works though.
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  7. Sep 5, 2020
    0
    A masterpiece. If you do not like this album, i can't ever trust you with anything. Fi saved me from the mess that is this pandemic! It'sA masterpiece. If you do not like this album, i can't ever trust you with anything. Fi saved me from the mess that is this pandemic! It's unhinged, it's angsty, it's full of flavour! It's an album that only FIONA could make! Expand

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