Prolific she is not.
I can't say whether or not her album is good, as I have only heard one song.
For me, I can take her or leave her. There were a number of good songs on her 2005 albums Extraordinary Machine, but I found her last disk, the 2012 - and yes, this is the title - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do to be difficult to take in.
So, regardless of the reviews, I haven't sought out Apple's new disk, which is up for multiple Grammy awards (not that that is is the measure you want be applied to your work!).
Love her or hate her - and I think there is little room in between, though I fit into that window - Apple is possibly one of the few recording artists out there today who defies a genre. I think this adds to her being like or disliked.
I truly believe my pick today will solidify that with all of you. "Shameika" is unconventional at best.
Everytime this summer it came on the radio - no commercial radio, obvi - 710 and I kept it on. It's not really hummable, or singable, but it intrigued me.
Shameika is real. Someone how Apple went to high school with, and was a tormentor of many at said school, save for Apple.
So........love it, or hate it. Here it is.
In the same way that glam rock has it's roots in cabaret, so does Apple's sound... it is more decayed... fermented. But that is where the walk, the strut of her stuff comes from. She's an interesting artist. And reminds me a lot of Joni Mitchell in the latter half of the 70's... floundering about, finding herself. Always finding herself... which is what Apple is all about, too. Putting voice to that process.
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