When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King...
by Fiona Apple
Released: Nov 1999
Label: CLEAN SLATE/EPIC
Maybe it was the annoying title, but Apple's (awesome) second record wasn't met with the sort of widespread acceptance that bathed her debut. Or maybe it was because this is one songwriter who could care less if people buy her records, so she puts whatever she wants in them. In this case, that means careening, jazz-heavy arrangements, weird noises, and no easy hooks.