When the Pawn...

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When the Pawn...
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1999 (United States)
RecordedAndora Studio; Chateau Brion Studio; Nrg; Ocean Way Studio; One On One South; Preasence Studio Westport; Woodwinds
Length42:39
LabelEpic
ProducerJon Brion
Fiona Apple chronology
'Tidal
(1996)
When the Pawn... 'Extraordinary Machine
(2005)

When the Pawn... is a 1999 album by Fiona Apple.[1] The following poem is the full title of the album:

"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, cause you'll know that you're right"[2] When it was released it had the world record for the longest album title.

Three singles were released from the album: "Fast as You Can", "Limp", and "Paper Bag". "Paper Bag" was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the 43rd Grammy Awards (2001).

The album got good reviews. Pitchfork gave it a score of 8.0.[3]

Track listing[change | change source]

  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

The Japanese edition of the album had "Across the Universe" and "Never is a Promise [live]" as bonus tracks.

References[change | change source]

  1. "When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King..." Allmusic. Retrieved February 5, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Farley, Christopher John (November 8, 1999). "Music: Facing a Broken Mirror". Time. Retrieved February 5, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Fiona Apple: When the Pawn..." Pitchfork.