Like a lot of folks, my introduction to Fiona Apple was via the "Criminal" video that aired nonstop on MTV in the summer of 1996.
It was a fine song, but not really my thing. And the video just seemed like an extended Calvin Klein commercial. I pegged her as a one-hit wonder, and left it at that. It wasn't until When The Pawn... came out that I really took an interest in her. And, it wasn't until even later that I picked up this album.
These are big songs, and at times they drag a bit, but tracks like "Shadowboxer" and "Sleep to Dream" are still great.
For a debut, this is pretty damn impressive. And, luckily, she just kept getting better.
"Never Is A Promise" live in 1996
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