FIONA APPLE – WEREWOLF
My girlfriend and I share tastes when it comes to music. Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, The National, Frightened Rabbit, LCD Soundsystem, Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead, are just some of our mutual favourites (I know, she’s pretty damn cool). But we have been at odds over one artist for some time now. Musical phenom and emotional powerhouse Fiona Apple is somebody I respect greatly for talent. Receiving a Grammy at nineteen is no small feat. But my favourite songs have all needed a cohesive melody or beat, no matter how experimental. Apple, like the jazz artists I could never get into, has a disjointed and loose nature to her music. She does have exceptions, and I have been known to listen to songs like Extraordinary Machine without the influence of my better half. Werewolf also falls into that elite group of songs. The lyrics are brilliant and revealing, the piano work is excellent, and best of all your patience is paid off with an element rarely associated with Apple – catchiness. “Nothing wrong when a song ends in a minor key” is an melodic line that gets stuck in your head with ease. It is also a beautiful way of expressing that sometimes things aren’t always perfect, in fact, sometimes things are far from it, and that’s okay. Leave it to Apple to find peace in sadness. I really was surprised I enjoyed this song as much as I did. Even more surprising, not too long ago my girlfriend played the Tidal album for me as I was relaxing on the couch. I don’t know if the planets had all aligned perfectly at that very moment, or if Apple’s music is best listened to in a state of great relaxation, but I loved it. I guess we do agree on everything.