Friday, April 02, 2004

Music Suggestion

After watching Britney Spears' video for Toxic (which isn't bad, considering it's, well, bad), I was inspired to suggest better music for those who don't find listening to scantily-clad young women all that inspiring.

My choice this time is Fiona Apple. Many will roll their eyes at this pick, but that's because they forgot about Fiona after her first album, Tidal. That was a big mistake.

Her second album, When the Pawn . . . (the full title is a poem, ignore that), is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Really. It would be in my desert island top 10 - I still listen to it all the time, 5 years later. Produced by the incredible Jon Brion, it's the coolest fusion of pop, rock, jazz, and soul out there. But it's also experimental enough to be more than the sum of its parts. Here's one of those cool picture links if you're interested (disclosure: apparently I get paid like 5 cents if you buy it from my link, but I just used it because it's cool; shop around if you like):



P.S. Fiona hasn't released an album since When The Pawn . . ., but after a five year break she'll be returning to the scene with "Extraordinary Machine" (read about it here) this year.

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