When the Pawn...
|When the Pawn...|
|Studio album by Fiona Apple|
|Released||November 9, 1999 (US)|
|Label||Clean Slate / Epic|
|Fiona Apple chronology|
|Singles from When the Pawn...|
|Los Angeles Times|||
|The Village Voice||A−|
When the Pawn... is the shortened title of the second album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. The whole 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. The album was released by Epic Records in the United States on November 9, 1999. In 2010, Spin magazine named the album the 106th greatest of the last 25 years. A year later, Slant Magazine named it the 79th best album of the 1990s. 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.
Rolling Stone magazine made fun of the title/poem, calling it, "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 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.
All tracks written by Fiona Apple.
|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"||5:11|
|12.||"Never Is a Promise (Live)"||6:12|
- Fiona Apple - piano, vocals, synthesized bass on "Fast As You Can"
- 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
- Producer: Jon Brion
- Engineer: Rich Costey
- Assistant engineers: Tom Banghart, Rob Brill, Greg Collins, Bryan Jackson, Steve Mixdorf, John Tyree
- Mixing: Jon Brion, Rich Costey
- Mastering: Eddy Scheyer
- Production coordination: Valerie Pack
- Programming: Rich Costey
- Arranger: John Bainbridge
- Design: Fiona Apple
- Cover art concept: Fiona Apple
|Australian Albums Chart||54|
|UK Albums Chart||46|
|US Billboard 200||13|
|US Billboard Top Internet Albums||1|
|"Fast as You Can"||UK Singles Chart||33|
|US Billboard Adult Top 40||29|
|US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||20|
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