Extraordinary Machine

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Brooding poetry that's perfect for brooding teens.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

If you're going to whine, might as well do it with exquisite poetic sensibility


A dramatically (but metaphorically) broken window, a bit of blood.


Some sexual innuendo, all pretty poetically obtuse.


Nothing bothersome.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Love is the main addiction.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fiona Apple is the queen of brooding poetry, perfect for brooding teenagers. There isn't much of concern here aside from some vague sexual innuendo.

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Kid, 12 years old July 29, 2013

Extraordinary Machine is Extraordinary.

I think Extraordinary Machine is amazing. It's better than what's happening in music with all that Justin Bieber and One Direction stuff. It's ce... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byWintergirl December 3, 2010
I love Fiona Apple. I think anyone can listen to her, but not everyone can appreciate her, (this website, for example). I think she is one of the most emotional... Continue reading

What's the story?

On EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE, her third CD (and the first in six years), Fiona Apple delivers quirky poetry in a multi-octave warble that ends up getting under your skin and staying there. Her lyrics, artsy and interesting, evoke moments more than they tell stories. She has an ear for language and engages in a sophisticated flirtation with word play. The album was produced by Mike Elizondo, who has also worked with Eminem, 50 Cent, and Dr. Dre. (Backstory: After a first version of the CD, produced by Jon Brion, leaked onto the Internet prerelease, Fiona re-recorded the CD with Elizondo as producer.)

Is it any good?

At once clever, angry, passionate, and playful, Fiona Apple ignores genre definition with intelligent songs that are all her own. Yes, the songs are self-indulgent and angst-ridden, but they are also musically unique as well as beautifully produced and performed (Apple plays piano in addition to providing enchanting lyrics and lead vocals), and follow their own rambling melodic paths. Fresh and brilliant, this work of art from Fiona Apple was well worth the wait.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the value of following your own dreams, even if they don't fit the "popular" mold, and can try to identify the instruments in these quirky and interesting arrangements.

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