New Release (Epic)
Fiona Apple continues to wear her eccentricity and her complicated emotional life as badges of honor, referring to “the gashes I got from my heartbreak” two songs into this album. But the mundane truth is that she’s a superior pop craftswoman, whose gracefully turned melodies give you reason to care about those gashes. And though this is ostensibly a stripped-down album, her multitracked harmonies give it all the polish it needs.
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