Rock CD of the Month July 2012

July 2 2012, 11:36am
Categories: CD of the Month

WNRN’s Rock CD of the month is Fiona Apple- Idler Wheel.



For her latest effort, which has an entire 23-word poem for a title (The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do), Apple relies on only a sparse rhythm section and her own piano-playing to propel a collection of emotionally wrought, confessional songs. At the album’s best, her nimble piano riffs and evocative delivery conspire to convey the deepest truths buried in Apple’s psyche; at the album’s most challenging, those truths are pushed to the forefront in raw and unadulterated ways that feel confrontational — yet one gets the sense Apple isn’t really thinking of her audience when she records her songs, that she doesn’t really care if anyone is listening or not. That illogical combination of unabashed honesty and emotional distance continues to make Apple an alluring artist. (Swensson)