Fiona Apple performing in New York City, 2015
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Fiona Apple performing in New York City, 2015

Fiona Apple, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, has 'resurrected' after almost eight years. Apple, the revolutionary pop-rock artist, made a comeback with her latest project, "Fetch the Bolt Cutters." The album was released on April 17.

Critics have nothing to say but good words about Apple's fifth studio album. Pitchfork  branded the record as "unbound," and added, it is a "wild symphony of the everyday, an unyielding masterpiece." Apple recorded the new songs in her home at Venice Beach, California. What made it unique, Pitchfork observed, is the "raw, real life" sounds that accompany the music - handclap, chants, dog barks, cat meows, household objects as percussion - and "in harmony with space, echoes, whispers... breathing, jokes."

The art-pop singer-songwriter teamed up with her Garage Band - David Garza on guitars, Sebastian Steinberg on bass and Amy Aileen Wood on drums - to back her up. Together, with her piano crescendos, her enthralling voice, and her words that speak to the heart, everything blended into a symphony of the distinct music that Apple became known.. Pitchfork attested, "No music has ever sounded quite like it." It is said to be the most communal album the singer has ever done.

The title "Fetch the Bolt Cutters" came from Gillian Anderson's line in "The Fall," a British crime drama series. In one of the scenes, Anderson, who played as a detective, called out the phrase to open a locked room where a tortured girl was discovered. The album is akin to the previous albums Apple has come out - never hurried but painstakingly long to create. As The New Yorker put it, her albums emerged through a "slow-drip process of creative self-interrogation" that resulted in "a narrow but deep songbook."

Rolling Stones called the album a "triumphant statement of self-discovery and solidarity." Itfurther stated that it is the "best work of her career." Some critics proclaimed it is a potential album of the year.

In Billboard's music poll last week published on April 17 (Friday), fans voted Apple's album as the most favorite newest release. It garnered 53% of the votes, as they highly anticipated her return from her furlough.

"Fetch the Bolt Cutters" has 13 tracks on it. It is said that this time, her songs spoke more about resiliency rather than pain and agony reflected on her previous albums. Listen to the carrier single here:

Fiona Apple and her music

Fiona had long been into song composition since she was seven, having inherited the passion for music from her family who are into the field of entertainment. A classically trained pianist, she felt the urge to record songs when she was 16 years old. Determined and armed with her notebook filled with lyrics that echoed her heartbreaks and sexual trauma, Apple flew to her father who was staying in Los Angeles. She admitted to have been raped at the age of 12 by a stranger.

With her father's help, she recorded demo tapes and luckily, the first tape that went out fell into the lap of the known record producer and manager, Andrew Slater. Slater got her a band, made her record in a studio, and produced "Tidal," her debut album. Released in 1996, it went on to sell 2.7 million copies. Her famous track from that album was "Criminal, " which earned her the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Apple's last album, "The Idler Wheel" before the newest one was released in 2012. All her albums are deeply personal, which hit to the core and are musically bold and fearless.

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