Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

The fiercest albums that female musicians have given the world

Fiona Apple, 'Extraordinary Machine'

39. Fiona Apple, 'Extraordinary Machine'

Epic, 2005

This complex song cycle wasn't easy to make – it took three years of sweat and turmoil. But since when would Fiona Apple do anything the easy way?

Essential moment: "O Sailor," a showcase for her mournfully sultry vocals.

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