Monday, August 30, 2010

90s Jams #67: Fiona Apple "On The Bound" (1999)

Opening Fiona Apple's second album, When the Pawn..., "On the Bound" begins with a wildly syncopated, funk rhythm crossed with a dark, brooding melody that strikes the listener upside their head. Shifting quickly into an elegant, neo-classical chorus and bridge, the song combines wildly different melodic shifts and tempos, yet resolves itself in an organic fashion that truly beguiles the ear. Producer John Brion's unique and quirky keyboard lines keep the song from settling into an orthodox patterns, and this adds to the song's originality. Apple's lyrics speak of the politics of relationships, as well as self-defense, obviously two of her favorite, intertwining subjects. - Allmusic

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