Monday, December 21, 2020

Ken's Best of 2020 - #2: Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

I never thought of myself as a huge Fiona Apple fan. When she released Tidal way back in 1996, I liked it, but I was never obsessed with it. It was good, but nothing that floored me the way it floored everyone else. Since then, Apple has drifted in and out of my consciousness with different releases. Earlier this year when she was set to release Fetch the Bolt Cutters, which was somehow only her fifth album, there was an incredibly strong buzz behind it, but I didn't expect a whole lot. Fetch the Bolt Cutters has blown me away every time I've listened to it over the last eight months. It showcases an artist doing exactly what she wants to do. It's creative and unique. It's beautiful and angry. There's been a lot written about how Fetch the Bolt Cutters is the perfect album for 2020, and I certainly can't imagine this album coming out any other year. You can listen to it perfectly on the surface level on just the creativity and vibe of the music, but the more time you spend with it the more you're going to dig in and get more out of it.

Songs of note: "Shameika," "Relay," "Ladies," "Rack of His," and "Newspaper"

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