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Lyrical Analysis — Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine
January 31, 2011, 10:13 pm
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“If there was a better way to go then it would find me
I can’t help it, the road just rolls out behind me
Be kind to me, or treat me mean
I’ll make the most of it, I’m an extraordinary machine”

Fiona Apple tends to look so sad in all of her press photos and she’s got a low, moaning cow sort of a voice, so I’m really shocked by her song Extraordinary Machine. It is quite the pick-me-up. It’s swingy and upbeat, and has a great message of self-confidence.

I’d listened to her first two albums and really dug them because they were a little sexy, a little dark, and definitely whip-smart. But I wouldn’t turn to either of those albums for a self-confidence boost.

I’d avoided listening to Extraordinary Machine, because I’d read that it was a “far departure from her previous work” and erm, “weird” and I loved Tidal and When the Pawn… so much that I didn’t want to risk not liking it and my respect for Fiona Apple to go down (ooh,  I hold myself in such high regard, don’t I?).

It wasn’t until a couple of days ago I decided to toss caution to the wind and listen to Extraordinary Machine. The album is pretty good. I don’t know why people called it weird. I was expecting weird. Like Aphex Twin weird:

But this isn’t an album review. This is me praising the chorus from Extraordinary Machine and how it took me by surprise. Good job, Fiona!

If only you would crack a smile…



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