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The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

Fiona Apple

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

Fourth studio album of baroque pop from the New York-born Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter

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8.5

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
18/06/2012
US Release date
19/06/2012
  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    The warm, loose production creates a jazzy, session-like feel, as if Apple is locked away inside some tapestry-draped cocoon only accessible to outsiders through direct auditory input
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  2. 10.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It’s a melancholic album that’s so personal and revealing you’ll almost feel like an emotional voyeur for listening to it
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  3. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    While Fiona Apple has reached a new peak as a vocalist, she has also further matured as a lyricist. Her lyrics used to tend toward showiness; now they are simple, direct
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  4. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    An emotional thesis that cannot be ignored. It is perhaps the most unforgettable work of her career
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  5. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    Apple continues to straddle somewhere between high art and adult contemporary, writing for the kind of nifty pop music that’s refined, but with a common touch
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  6. 9.0 |   Tone Deaf

    Hours could be spent discovering these songs and there’s no doubt after one listen you’ll be willing to give the time up
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  7. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Succeeds in creating a singular world more daring than any of Apple’s previous records and one of the most daring pop records in recent history
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  8. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Whether it is ugly or beautiful, she is determined to shun the generic and share with us something personal. Never has that been truer than on The Idler Wheel
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  9. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    Another singular album from a truly idiosyncratic voice, Apple has once again invited us into her lushly conflicted inner monologue—just don't ask her to provide any easy answers
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  10. 9.0 |   music OMH

    A really incredible album, where Apple has quite cleverly developed musically in just the right way, creating something utterly distinct and different to her earlier work whilst still retaining all the characteristics that won fans over to begin with
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  11. 9.0 |   BBC

    Eschews the lush, tricksy instrumentation of its predecessor in favour of jazzy, sometimes wild percussion, Apple’s bounding piano lines and typically expressive vocal performances. It is punchy, vibrant, compelling stuff
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  12. 9.0 |   Pitchfork

    The 34-year-old makes herself heard with her voice, her words, her piano, and not much else. This is the most distilled Fiona Apple album yet
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  13. 9.0 |   All Music

    Stripped of all her carnivalesque accouterments, Fiona Apple remains as rich and compelling as she ever was, perhaps even more so
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  14. 8.5 |   Prefix

    The Idler Wheel... stands as her most concentrated and mature record yet
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  15. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    She may work in a form that’s notorious for its introversion, but at heart Apple’s a pop extrovert: She makes it painfully and gloriously clear that her pain is our pain, that her horrors are universal
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  16. 8.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    Poignant, nuanced and quietly unforgettable
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  17. 8.0 |   State

    Opinions may vary, but one thing is certain; The Idler Wheel will never be classified as easy listening
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  18. 8.0 |   Spin

    The unexpected triumph lies not in the spectacle of the singer raw-dogging her emotions, but in her total command of the anarchy that results. The demons remain, but her talent prevails
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  19. 8.0 |   NME

    Endlessly fascinating and unlike anything you're likely to hear this year
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  20. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's a hyper-vivid and intensely musical affair. Print edition only

  21. 8.0 |   Bowlegs

    A deep mix of cathartic workouts and nervous repression about to implode at any moment. It’s what Apple does best, and this also happens to be Apple at her best
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  22. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There's hope here for the angsty girls that never grew up
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  23. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's Apple's refinement as a writer that makes this harrowing psychodrama so gripping. Print edition only

  24. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The askew, jazzy, playful melodies lead the way to songs of gripping candour and emotion
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  25. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The Idler Wheel feels thoroughly modern because of Apple's lack of an internal editor
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  26. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A challenging album. The songs are intricately arranged but sonically stark, foregrounding Apple's piano and the stupendous drumming of Charley Drayton. There's not a single big, chewy hook on the album
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  27. 6.0 |   Pop Matters

    As inaccessible and uneasy as the record is, it can still be praised for its bravery of musical defiance—something in which Apple has always been a trailblazer
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