When the Pawn...
|When the Pawn...|
|Studio album by|
|Released||November 9, 1999|
|Label||Clean Slate / Epic|
|Fiona Apple chronology|
|Singles from When the Pawn...|
When the Pawn... is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. Its entire title is When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might so When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right.
Released by Epic Records in the United States on November 9, 1999, When the Pawn... was wholly written by Apple, with production by Jon Brion. In 2010, Spin magazine named the album the 106th greatest of the last 25 years, and Slant Magazine named it the 79th best album of the 1990s. The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Album. It broke the record of being the album with the longest title.
The album title is a poem Apple wrote on tour after reading her Spin magazine's 1997 cover story and the readers' negative letters about her. Rolling Stone magazine mocked the title/poem, writing, "When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Oh the Hell With It". "It came from being made fun of," she rued, "and then, of course, it becomes a thing I'm being made fun of for."
The first single, "Fast as You Can", was fairly popular and received moderate radio and video airplay. It reached the top 20 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and became Apple's first top 40 hit on the UK Singles Chart. The follow-up singles, "Limp" and especially "Paper Bag", which was nominated for a Grammy Award, were less successful. Apple's boyfriend at the time, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, directed videos for all three singles.
|Los Angeles Times|||
|The Village Voice||A−|
Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone gave the album three-and-a-half out of five stars, and stated: "if you find this twenty-two-year-old bad seed intolerably self-indulgent and were rooting for her to crash and burn with a humiliating second-album spaz-out—admit it, you were—you lose." Entertainment Weekly's David Browne awarded the album an A grade, praising Jon Brion's production as well as Apple's songwriting: "Apple hasn’t gained much in psychic confidence following the success of Tidal. On When the Pawn..., Apple presents herself as a mental shambles, and she’s more than happy to tell us about it." Pitchfork rated the album eight out of ten stars, with reviewer Chip Chanko praising Apple's lyrics, writing: "[Apple] seems older. Her voice is full of a heartfelt soul that seems almost timeless. While Billie Holiday would never have considered the possibility of lines like, 'It won't be long till you'll be/ Lying limp in your own hand,' Apple executes them flawlessly with a modern passion. Amy Linden of Vibe wrote: "When the Pawn... is full of images that resonate. Apple's a sad, sultry woman with a sense of who she is—even if that person isn't someone she wants to be. Once again, her pain brings us joy." Piers Martin of NME rated it a 5 out of 10, calling it Apples's "second album of [Tori] Amos-aping MTV-branded Lilith Fair fodder."
All tracks written by Fiona Apple, except where noted.
|1.||"On the Bound"||5:22|
|2.||"To Your Love"||3:40|
|7.||"Fast as You Can"||4:38|
|8.||"The Way Things Are"||4:16|
|Japanese edition bonus tracks|
|11.||"Across the Universe" (Lennon–McCartney)||5:11|
|12.||"Never Is a Promise (Live)"||6:12|
- Fiona Apple – piano, vocals, synthesized bass (track 7)
- Jon Brion – bass, keyboards, vibraphone, guitars, drums, percussion
- John Bainbridge – orchestration
- Robert Becker – viola
- Charlie Bisharat – violin
- Mike Breaux – woodwind
- Denyse Buffman – viola
- Jonathan "Butch" Norton – drums, percussion
- Eve Butler – violin
- Matt Chamberlain – percussion, drums
- Susan Chatman – violin
- Greg Cohen – bass guitar
- Larry Corbett – cello
- Mike Elizondo – bass guitar
- Armen Garabedian – violin
- Berj Garabedian – violin
- Scott Haupert – viola
- Suzie Katayama – cello
- Wendell Kelly – horn
- Jim Keltner – drums
- Peter Kent – violin
- Brian Leonard – violin
- Maria Newman – viola
- Robert Peterson – violin
- Michele Richards – violin
- Edmund Stein – violin
- Patrick Warren – Chamberlin, Wurlitzer
- John Wittenberg – violin
- Jon Brion – producer, mixing, assistant engineer
- Rich Costey – engineer
- Tom Banghart – assistant engineer
- Rob Brill – assistant engineer
- Greg Collins – assistant engineer
- Bryan Jackson – assistant engineer
- Steve Mixdorf – assistant engineer
- John Tyree – assistant engineer
- Eddy Scheyer – mastering
- Valerie Pack – production coordination
- Rich Costey – programming
- John Bainbridge – arranger
- Fiona Apple – design, cover art concept
|Chart (1999/2000)||Peak |
|Australian Albums Chart||54|
|UK Albums Chart||46|
|US Billboard 200||13|
|US Billboard Top Internet Albums||1|
|Title||Chart (1999)||Peak |
|"Fast as You Can"||UK Singles Chart||33|
|US Billboard Adult Top 40||29|
|US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||20|
Certifications and sales
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||922,000 ^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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