Album Review: Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple


Henri Robbins | Online Editor

As a name that many have heard, but not many have listened to, Fiona Apple has been prominent in music circles for years, always creating something of a buzz when she would show up, but has always remained fairly obscure despite that. Fiona’s most recent album, Fetch The Bolt Cutters, is a pensive reflection on life at large, casting a large net across her life and drawing in the most gripping parts with her powerful voice and genius-adjacent instrumentation.

As the album opens up, I Want You To Love Me and Shameika offer two sides of the same coin, both in topic and instrumentation, a contrast of calm and chaos put next to parallel songs of remorse and respect, both backed by the same flowing piano. From there, Fetch the Bolt Cutters brings it around to a seemingly calm and complacent yet undeniably strong reflection on expectations, sparse and minimal but perfectly eccentric, swiftly transitioning to Under The Table, a direct rejection of those expectations.

Past the first four tracks, Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters has an undeniable strength to it. Exuding a learned confidence, each track feels perfectly honest yet just cryptic enough, holding itself to both a pure openness and an artistic abstraction of any specifics. Even as tracks like Newspaper and Cosmonauts find themselves on opposite sides of Fiona’s spectrum, they both feel fully developed and powerful, expressing both her vast range and undeniable talent. As each track plays, none of them feel repetitive or unnecessary, with each contributing a very specific piece to the overall form of the album. 

Fiona Apple’s latest project is nothing short of exceptional. With a powerful voice backed by poetic lyrics and clever instrumentation, it’s a new take on a worn-out world that encompasses the ordinary life that has become foreign to many today.