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By YARA BEYDOUN, Guest Columnist

With mass media becoming more prominent in our daily lives, it’s becoming harder to miss commercial events that we hear people chatting about every day.

This is also true with mainstream radio and those number one singles we hear even in the mall from artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, etc.

Well my goal each week is to bring something a bit more unconventional to the table and, in turn, broaden some of the musical variety out there. Perhaps even inspire someone to musically educate themselves further?

Anyhow I’m rambling, let the record spin!

Before I begin I would like to note these reviews are my own opinion, I’m not dictating what classifies as good or bad music.

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Artist: Fiona Apple
Album: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Key Tracks: “Every Single Night,” “Valentine,” “Werewolf,” “Regret.”
Release: June 19, 2012

You may already know Fiona Apple as the angst-filled singer from her early work, especially Tidal (1996) her debut album released when she was only 18. The hit single from the album, “Criminal,” was a sexy yet distraught-filled display of a young girl admitting her sins and misdeeds (if you have not already checked this out, definitely do so).

Her latest album—could the title be any longer? I’ll just say The Idler Wheel—is not so different from her earlier work except she has improved immensely. The Idler Wheel is an open book into the tortured soul that is Fiona Apple. Each song brings a heap of sorrow—pounding, wailing, and lamenting. I know, I’m making it sound horribly depressing, but Apple’s words are what make these songs admirable. Her lyrics are a make-up of romantic poetry and therapy. In the track “Werewolf,” Apple talks of a toxic relationship she had, however she admits it was her actions that caused this person to be so careless: “Well I could liken you to a werewolf the way you left me for dead/ But I admit that I provided a full moon.”

The instruments used meticulously harmonize together with Apple pounding on her piano in the foreground. For a moment I even thought I heard shoes scraping on cement as the ending to a song. Well I still think I heard those scrapping shoes.

The Idler Wheel is, to say the least, an artistic masterpiece. Apple doesn’t hold back in continuously proving herself to be at the head of the pack leaving me excited to see what’s next.