The Idler Wheel… by Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple has been called crazy, eccentric, tortured, and genius. On her fourth LP, The Idler Wheel, Apple lays her psyche bare for the world to see to astounding effect. From the jazz scat raps of “Left Alone,” to the vitriolic “Regret,” to the entrancing duet “Hot Knife,” Apple displays a dazzling array of lyricism and virtuosity to rival any album, pop or otherwise, of the century. On this episode of Critically Acclaimed, host Jake Ramirez and friend of the pod Ben Benjamin discuss Apple’s unparalleled songwriting, the vibrant and live production, and the reductive nature of the “tortured artist” label.

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