Where is Fiona Apple and what hath the world done with her? On October 6, 2005, I celebrated her in print in my Fiona Apple Turnover article:
The enchanting Fiona Apple has turned over a tricksy new musical leaf with the release of her latest album, Extraordinary Machine. The machine is she and extraordinary she is! Fiona’s music on this new album is no longer solely glum and gloomy like her previous public efforts. She now presents us with a sexy curiosity and a jaunting, lilting, melodic sense that is bright and blossoming in a dull Pop music world.
If you don’t remember Fiona Apple in performance, I share her live rendition of Extraordinary Machine — where even Matt Lauer wonders, way back in 2005, where she’s been.
I expected Fiona Apple to takeover the new world of music.
It didn’t happen.
Adele is the new Fiona — and while the world isn’t hurting for the removal of Ms. Apple from our public purview — We Who Remember Her want to know the why and the wherefore of Fiona’s disappearance.
Last week, I was excited to see a link on the Fender blog to a new Fiona Apple cover of a Buddy Holly’s Everyday — but those en passant mentions aren’t enough for me — I want more Fiona and I want her now. I want a new album. I want her on tour and on television. I want to enjoy the necessary maturation of a fine and everlasting talent.
Even if Fiona Apple never releases another song, her magic voice and mastery in performance will stay with us forever — but we cannot but hope to wonder how such an obvious talent got led so far astray from us. Was her disappearance by choice? Or was Fiona forced from her music by demons we may not ever comprehend?
Fiona Apple — if you’re out there — give us proof of life so we can at least stop worrying about your welfare! Hello out there!