In the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, Claire Shaffer, Brittany Spanos, and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt for a deep dive into the entire catalog of Fiona Apple, from 1996’s Tidal to this year’s masterpiece, Fetch the Bolt Cutters (which Shaffer reviewed in April). The episode goes track-by-track through the new album, while exploring how Apple overcame early misconceptions and sexist criticism to become one of the most consistent and inventive artists of her generation. Meanwhile, Shaffer and Spanos explain why they both rank Tidal at the bottom of Apple’s catalog, despite being fans of the album.
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