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Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Fiona Apple

Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Fifth studio album of baroque pop from the New York-born Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    The unhurried artist’s first studio album in eight years is astonishing, intimate and demonstrates a refusal to be silenced
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  2. 10.0 |   Pitchfork

    Fiona Apple’s fifth record is unbound, a wildstyle symphony of the everyday, an unyielding masterpiece. No music has ever sounded quite like it
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  3. 10.0 |   The Independent

    The reclusive artist’s fifth record, released with the world at a safe distance, couldn’t have come at a better time
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  4. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Eight years in the making, Fetch The Bolt Cutters is Fiona Apple harmoniously unleashed
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  5. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The songwriter unlocks her most challenging, raw, and liberating listen to date
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  6. 10.0 |   Exclaim

    An album like this doesn't come often, and an artist like Apple will never come again — she's given us an invaluable piece of light, a reminder to stay alive and awake and angry and kind
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  7. 10.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s dizzying and wondrous and the start of a fully realized journey that lets you peek into Apple’s headspace and one that maybe lets her finally be seen for the first time in a long time
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  8. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    With Fetch The Bolt Cutters, Fiona Apple hits a zenith of liberation and experimentation
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  9. 10.0 |   Albumism

    There are so many moving parts, shifts, changes, and barely any bridges. The songs are surprising and engaging, just like the act of acceptance itself. Who knows what you’ll find
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  10. 10.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Like the very best music, it contains multitudes – it’s a rallying cry for those without a voice, a deep lesson in empathy, a dive into a singular mind, a damn good pop record. Listen. Find out what it means to you. We’ll be talking about it for a long time
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  11. 10.0 |   The FT

    By turns confiding, furious and ironic, Apple’s bravura singing and singular songwriting are handsomely vindicated in her new album
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  12. 10.0 |   Slant Magazine

    On a purely musical level, it’s a bold experiment in pop craft, a collection of songs on which Apple stretches her talents in adventurous new directions
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  13. 10.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Despite how difficult the subject matter can be, Fetch the Bolt Cutters is substantially catchy, which makes it all the easier to end up in its thrall
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  14. 9.6 |   Paste Magazine

    The singer’s brilliant fifth album is eerily clairvoyant and brash in the most extraordinary way
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  15. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    While it’s certainly not an album for background listening, those who are willing to invest some time in it will be rewarded by one of the most remarkable records released this year
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  16. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Her first LP since 2012’s ‘The Idler Wheel…’ is the best work of her career
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  17. 9.0 |   Uncut

    It's bold, it's demanding, and it might very well go down as the finest full-length Fiona Apple has ever made. Print edition only

  18. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Fiona Apple's Fetch the Bolt Cutters is bold and demanding, and it might very well go down as the finest full-length she has ever made
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  19. 9.0 |   All Music

    The unpredictable nature feels complex and profoundly human, resulting in an album that's nourishing and joyfully cathartic
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  20. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ feels like a seminal moment. Fiona Apple on a career of highs might just have produced her finest work yet. An album that we will surely look to as a cultural text, with its cutting commentary of contemporary culture and its feminist narratives
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  21. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Guttural, soft, cacophonous, and poetic, Fetch the Bolt Cutters is a reminder of Apple’s genius and that we are all interconnected, one people, existing in a pulse
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  22. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Though there isn't a dud in Apple's back-catalogue, she has never sounded quite so liberated and artistically sure-footed as this. Print edition only

  23. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    This album turns the sound of panic attacks and partially overcome self-loathing into proudly rigorous art
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  24. 8.0 |   NME

    On her first record in eight years, the New Yorker teams excoriating lyrics with deliberately unrefined sounds. It's a visceral experience
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  25. 8.0 |   The Observer

    By turns offbeat, amusing and wistful, the New Yorker’s long-awaited fifth album finds her in mesmerising form
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  26. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    A bracing collection of songs that, perhaps, won’t suit some radio playlists but that, in a cultural sense, settle satisfactorily alongside more contemporary female songwriters such as Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Kesha and Lorde
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