Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Fiona Apple’s musical legacy and revisit audio & video highlights from her career below!
Born: September 13, 1977
Biography: Fiona Apple defied categorization or any easy career path, almost running the pattern in reverse, opening her career as a highly touted and popular alternative singer/songwriter, then transitioning into a cult artist. Apple certainly benefited from the open-door policy of modern rock in the mid-’90s, following the path of crossover alt-rock piano-based songwriters like Tori Amos, but Apple was hardly an Amos copycat: she had a strong jazz undertow in her vocal phrasing and melodies, she had richer arrangements, she had a poppier bent to her songs.
All these things helped her 1996 debut, Tidal, find a wide audience, one that increased considerably in the wake of the controversial video for the single “Criminal,” but Apple made it abundantly clear that she wasn’t an amateur provocateur with her sophomore album, When the Pawn Meets the King, an album that increased her critical reputation and cult, which would be pillars of support during her intense battles while making her third album, Extraordinary Machine. [Read her full bio via AllMusic]
Discography (Studio Albums):
Tidal (1996) | Read More
When the Pawn... (1999)
Extraordinary Machine (2005)
The Idler Wheel... (2012)