When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King...

When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King...

by Fiona AppleFiona Apple
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Fiona Apple may have been grouped in with the other female singer/songwriters who dominated the pop charts in 1996 and 1997, but she stood out by virtue of her grand ambitions and considerable musical sophistication. Even though her 1996 debut Tidal occasionally was hampered by naiveté, it showcased a gifted young artist in the process of finding her voice. Even so, the artistic leap between Tidal and its long-awaited 1999 sequel When the Pawn Hits... is startling. It's evident that not only have Apple's ambitions grown, so has her confidence -- few artists would open themselves up to the ridicule that comes with having a 90-word poem function as the full title, but that captures the fearless feeling of the record. Apple doesn't break from the jazzy pop of Tidal on Pawn, choosing instead to refine her sound and then expand its horizons. Although there are echoes of everything from Nina Simone to Aimee Mann on the record, it's not easy to spot specific influences, because this is truly an individual work. As a songwriter, she balances her words and melodies skillfully, no longer sounding self-conscious as she crafts highly personal, slightly cryptic songs that never sound precocious or insular. With producer Jon Brion, she created the ideal arrangements for these idiosyncratic songs, finding a multi-layered sound that's simultaneously elegant and carnival-esque. As a result, Pawn is immediately grabbing, and instead of fading upon further plays, it reveals more with each listen, whether it's a lyrical turn of phrase or an unexpected twist in the arrangement; what's more, Apple has made it as rich emotionally as it is musically. That's quite a feat for any album, but it's doubly impressive since it is only the second effort by a musician who is only 22 years old.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/1999
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646919521
catalogNumber: 69195

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fiona Apple   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Robert Becker   Viola
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Greg Cohen   Bass
Larry Corbett   Cello
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Wendell Kelly   Horn
Peter Kent   Violin
Brian Leonard   Violin
Maria Newman   Viola
Patrick Warren   chamberlain,Wurlitzer
John Wittenberg   Violin
Susan Chatman   Violin
Scott Haupert   Viola
Robert Peterson   Violin
Edmund Stein   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Mike Breaux   Woodwind
Denyse Buffman   Viola
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Eve Butler   Violin
Michele Richards   Violin

Technical Credits

John Bainbridge   Arranger,Orchestration
Jon Brion   Producer
Rich Costey   Programming,Engineer

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When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King... 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is not as good as her first one. I really don't care for it. Her last CD had energy. I seems like she didn't put that much energy into this one
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD really shows how talented She really is. I loved this CD because of its unique perspective. I recomend to you this CD. I love it as much as I love my mother. So if you don't have this CD, Go out and get it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fiona Apple is a very talented girl, don't get me wrong. I just feel she is not completely tapping into the wonderful gifts that have been bestowed upon her. I find it apparent in her lyrics that she is stuck in a very shallow one dimensonal world, which gets annoying because her voice is overwhelmingly beautiful and her musical compositions unique and inventive.But, by the end of the album, you just want her to chill out and give up all the childish hurtful drama she is completely caught up in so you can enjoy her music. And don't get me started on the title. That poem reminds me of the REALLY bad ones my friend writes that I have to pretend I like so I don't hurt her feelings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all the new songs I've heard. I didn't expect the cd to be that great so I didn't check it out when it was released a few months ago. But then I saw Fiona Apple on Saturday Night Live and I was amazed. Her dancing is awesome too. This cd has a different sound than all the other music out there and that is what's really appealing. I love how it's sort of bluesy, but not laid back. It has this confrontational style that's like rock. I'm so glad Fiona apple didn't do a girly, cutesy, innocent me album. I can't wait to buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had my CD's stolen recently. There were about 50 of them so I couldn't replace them all but I simply could not live without my Fiona CD's so I bought them again! She is without a doubt one of the most original and inspiring artists out there. She doesn't put on any airs, she just does her thing and it comes out fantastic. I cannot wait till she comes out with another CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fiona Apple combines good lyrics with interesting musical instruments to make some powerful music. Also, where as many artists sound only good on cds, she sounds great, if not better live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any woman who has tried a chance at love only to find the next day her heart lying in the road for a steamroller to flatten it and distroy the chance of ever loving again can relate to Fiona's powerful message. Her albums always display the felling of a love broken and the strength to regain self-respect, everything always ends just fine. This is to anyone who feels trampled on by society. Feel better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fiona Apple has always been a favorite artist of mine. I purchased Tidal when it was released, as I did with When the Pawn... Her emotional style is very appealing to my ear, as are her raw lyrics. She is second only to Tori Amos for me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fiona has a beautiful voice which croones high and low. However, I was caught off guard with her usage of swear words among her lyrics. If I would have known, I would not have made the purchase. It is not suitable to play in the company of my children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fiona Apple is the best. Her voice and thought provoking lyrics make this album a must have!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to make an exception for this artist. I found her by accident on my Pleasantville CD. I didn't know who she was, but found myself going back over and over again to listen to Fiona Apple sing Please Send Me Someone To Love, so I finally got her CD's, and the quality of her talent is staggering. Her songs really do reveal wonderful nuances the more you listen. In fact, I can't stop listening to some of them. It's been a wonderful experience! Please, more soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am a hip hop fan but damn this gurl has some of the best music i've ever heard!!! with every listen there is something new!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best new CD from any artist, anywhere in a long, long time. There's not a single track that isn't wonderful. Fiona Apple is a genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may be even better than her debut. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know what everyone says about the title, but I think it's a smart way to differentiate oneself from the common whiny pop female. And isn't that exactly what Fiona Apple has been doing? Her music on both Tidal and When the Pawn... is more than just adolescent complaints, its a zap of self psychoanalysis. Listening to her music is like getting slapped in the face then having your hair smoothed back into place. Bravo, and thanks to Fiona for another great one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This singer has prooved herself to be the best singer out there. Her silky voice, funky rhythms have captured me, and now I am one of her greatest fans. Her songs have different themes to them. They tell a story. And with her powerful voice, you can't help but listen to each and every one attentively. She has a bright future ahead of her, and I think the music will always be a part of her, and she will always be apart of the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fiona Apple's newest CD, When the Pawn is like a well written novel in that it has multiple intriguing layers and you can't put it down once you've started. Her intelligent lyrics speak to any girl who knows what it is to be sullen, angry and heartbroken without any of the trite-ness that is found in the works of other female artists such as Jewel. This album is so enjoyably unique because the listener has no choice but to respect Ms. Apple for her musical genius as well as for her astonishing capabilities as a poet. This is my favorite album on the market since Tidal. Bravo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i only listen to when the pawn,whether i'm sad or happy or pissed off.this is the only cd i love
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fiona has done it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best cd ever! I live off of it! every morning and everynight! Fi has the greatest voice ever! Limp, I know and to your love are the best songs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that WHEN THE PAWN... Fiona's follow up to her 1996 cd is the best collection a music ever! Her new sounds that she brought into this cd. (the drums, bass, etc.) really gives it a more easy listening edge that o artist has ever sampled before. Her somgs such as
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the Pawn...has to be one of my favorite cd's and one of the best this year...There is such depth to her words and the music is simply wonderful. She has and incredible skill as a musician, and it is good to finally here some real music. I loved On the Bound, Paper Bag, Fast as You Can, and Get Gone. Tidal is a great way to be introduced to Fiona Apple and When the Pawn is a great way to understand her music a little better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Remembered her name from when i was 6 and 9 so i went out and bought her Cds last week I love these cds, im almost always listening to them!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only word I can use to describe this album is AMAZING. It's so real, Fiona Apple doesn't hold back. Her lyrics have had me in tears on more than one occation. But they have also had me singing/screaming at the top of my lungs and laughing with pure happieness. My friends and I have connected to this album in an increadiable way, and her lyrics have helped us through many a problem. I have recently seen her in concert and she is a very powerful and intelegent woman with music that can move me like no other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought Fiona Apple's new album, I didn't give it much play time in my CD player. I thought nothing could top Tidal, her first amazing disc. But after going to her concert a week ago, When the Pawn... is the only thing in my stereo! The lyrics and sounds are mesmerizing, the music is real and raw, and Fiona never ceases to fascinate me with just being herself.