Quentin Mitchell, Olytimes writer

Album: When the Pawn…

Artist: Fiona Apple

Length:42 min


Three years prior to When the Pawn (actually to be called ”When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He’ll Win the Whole Thing ‘fore He Enters the Ring There’s No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won’t Matter, Cuz You’ll Know That You’re Right”) Fiona Apple had already hit the scene in 1996 with her song “Criminal”. She would then release her debut, “Tidal”. The album and its singles, along with a very unique speech at the MTV awards helped keep her on the internet until her new album hit. When the Pawn… Would hit in 1999 to moderate success, while not as hailed by fans and critics of the time, the album still did rather well. 

   When I listen to When the Pawn… I hear a statement on who Fiona Apple is, was, and will be. The album is energetic within its own slow and depressing mood. Fiona Apple not only cries but yells over her piano like never before. The songs are some of her best, including many personal favorites. The two-track punch right at the end with “Get Gone” and “I Know” make you feel something right at the end of already feeling something. “On the Bound” screams its way through opening the album to show you just what it’s about. ”Paper Bag” is hailed by millions of people who need therapy. While When the Pawn… may not be as hailed in the eyes of the general audience (considering I talked about the album a couple of times to various relatives and got the response of “is that one of the new ones?”) but it has all of the energy to deserve it.