When the Pawn...

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When the Pawn...
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Studio album by Fiona Apple
Released November 9, 1999 (US)
Recorded 1998–1999
Andora Studio; Chateau Brion Studio; Nrg; Ocean Way Studio; One On One South; Preasence Studio Westport; Woodwinds
Genre
Length 42:39
Label Clean Slate / Epic
Producer Jon Brion
Fiona Apple chronology
Tidal
(1996)
When the Pawn...
(1999)
Extraordinary Machine
(2005)
Singles from When the Pawn...
  1. "Fast as You Can"
    Released: November 20, 1999
  2. "Limp"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Paper Bag"
    Released: November 21, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly A[7]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[8]
NME 5/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[10]
Q 4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
Spin 8/10[13]
Uncut 5/5 stars[14]
The Village Voice A−[15]

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 (commonly shortened to simply When the Pawn...) is the second album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, released by Epic Records in the United States on November 9, 1999.[16] In 2010, Spin magazine named the album the 106th greatest of the last 25 years.[17] A year later, Slant Magazine named it the 79th best album of the 1990s.[18] Which was also critically and commercially successful and went certified platinum. The album earned a nomination at the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

Background[edit]

The album title is a poem Apple wrote on tour after reading the readers' negative letters about her in the December 1997 issue of Spin magazine.[19]

Rolling Stone magazine made fun of the title/poem, calling it, "When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Oh the Hell With It".[12] "It came from being made fun of," she rued, "and then, of course, it becomes a thing I'm being made fun of for."[20]

The album's title has become a source of trivia. On its release, it broke the record for longest album title at 444 characters (previously held by a volume in The Best... Album in the World...Ever!). However, in October 2007 Soulwax released their remix album Most of the Remixes, which has 100 characters more in its title. This was surpassed in 2008 by Chumbawamba's The Boy Bands Have Won..., whose full title contains 865 characters of text.

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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Fiona Apple

  1. "On the Bound" – 5:23
  2. "To Your Love" – 3:40
  3. "Limp" – 3:31
  4. "Love Ridden" – 3:22
  5. "Paper Bag" – 3:40
  6. "A Mistake" – 4:58
  7. "Fast as You Can" – 4:40
  8. "The Way Things Are" – 4:18
  9. "Get Gone" – 4:10
  10. "I Know" – 4:57

Japanese edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Across the Universe" (Lennon–McCartney)
  2. "Never is a Promise" [live]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (1999/2000) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[21] 54
UK Albums Chart 46
US Billboard 200 13
US Billboard Top Internet Albums 1
Singles
Title Chart (1999) Peak
position
"Fast as You Can" UK Singles Chart 33
US Billboard Adult Top 40 29
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "When the Pawn...". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fiona Apple When The Pawn...". PopMatters. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "When The Pawn...". Archived from the original on 17 October 2002. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "When The Pawn...". NME. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King... – Fiona Apple". AllMusic. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ Browne, David (November 12, 1999). "When the Pawn...". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ Gardner, Elysa (November 9, 1999). "Assured Apple Challenges Her Audience". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ "When The Pawn...". NME. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ Chanko, Chip (December 31, 1999). "Fiona Apple: When the Pawn...". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Fiona Apple: When the Pawn...". Q (162): 101. March 2000. 
  12. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob (November 25, 1999). "When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King...". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ Weisband, Eric (December 1999). "Fiona Apple: When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King / What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight...". Spin 15 (12): 215. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ Williamson, Nigel (March 2000). "Strange Fruit". Uncut (34): 82. 
  15. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 7, 2000). "Consumer Guide: Cleanup Time". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Fiona Apple - When the Pawn - Amazon.com Music". Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years". Spin. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  18. ^ [1] Archived February 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "Fiona Apple: The Time Is Ripe". Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  20. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil, "Hard Core Pawn", Q, March 2000, pp46-48
  21. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 

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