The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (album) by 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
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple
Year: 2012
Release date: 2012-06-19
Overall rank: 325th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 643 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 2012 (7th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 2010s (39th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (325th)
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90/100
From 03/15/2020 07:54
Highlights:

Every Single Night
Werewolf
Anything We Want
Hot Knife
Daredevil
Periphery
Left Alone
Regret
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Rating:  
80/100
From 02/20/2020 00:44
Your feedback for The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do is made by Apple's singing. Her tenor takes this tone similar to someone on the edge of a nervous breakdown and I love it. The writing is filled with fantastic imagery my favorite being on "Werewolf". The instrumentation is creative but I do feel like it could be a little less sparse.
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90/100
From 07/10/2019 18:26
Awesome album that gets better as it goes along, peaking right at the end with Hot Knife.
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60/100
From 04/22/2019 19:10
Just not "getting" this album so far. Perhaps after a couple more listens, but right now it just isn't my cup of tea.
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From 05/21/2018 03:03
Should be rated higher. This album is ridiculously slept on. Incredible vocals, experimental singing and instrumentation, soulful lyrics. There are lines here that just make me cry because they're so good. If you rate this lower than a 8.5/9/10, I strongly recommend you revisit it.
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From 03/23/2018 18:15
My least favorite album of hers, but it's still good.
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80/100
From 03/03/2018 07:44
It took 3 full listens but I'm there now , this is an awesome album

Not only is it the best album title of all time , musically and lyrically its incredible . My last FA album was 2005's 'Extraordinary Machine' which was merely ok , this album is much much much better

Love this lyric from "Hot Knife": "If I'm butter / If I'm butter/ If I'm butter , then he's a hot knife "

Extraordinary

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From 03/15/2017 01:23
One of the best albums of the decade!
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From 01/16/2017 03:52
Her vocal performances throughout this album cease to blow me away.
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From 09/11/2016 00:32
In my book, one of the most underappreciated albums ever recorded. The minimalist, chromatic piano arrangements are a perfect match Apple's ferocious vocals. Lyrically, very personal and vivid. Songs like "Werewolf" and "Valentine" are subtle melodies with lyrics that gets under your skin, while tracks such as "Jonathan", "Left Alone", and "Regret" perfectly capture Fiona's fluttering state of mind. "Every Single Night" is a perfect opener that draws you in with the verses, then slaps you across the face with the chorus. The peppy "Anything We Want" is the only happy song on the album, acting as a nice relief to the distress. The closer "Hot Knife" starts with a simple timpani rhythm, then builds layer upon layer of vocals that speak conflicting thought about whether Fiona is above the man she loves or if he's above her. The entire album almost feels like you're inside her head, hearing her tortured thoughts as she barely manages to hold onto her sanity during a break-up. It's a modern classic.
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