Blog: Fiona Apple’s new album title much too long for a headline

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Well, Fiona Apple’s fourth album is finally coming. And its name leaves a long trail.

Clocking in at 23 words, the new album is a mouthful:The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.

This is long, sure, but it’s still Apple’s second longest album title. Her second album, known as When the Pawn…, was actually an eight line poem:

When the pawn hits the conflicts he thinks like a king
What he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight
And he’ll win the whole thing ‘fore he enters the ring
There’s no body to batter when your mind is your might
So when you go solo, you hold your own hand
And remember that depth is the greatest of heights
And if you know where you stand, then you know where to land
And if you fall it won’t matter, cause you’ll know that you’re right

The 1999 album was actually the world’s longest album title until 2007. So this new album won’t be breaking that record. Though it will likely do well commercially and critically, if her previous albums are any indication.

Tidal, her first album, went three times platinum in the U.S. When the Pawn… went platinum, and her last album Extraordinary Machine went gold. All three were critical successes as well. Extraordinary Machine was number 49 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s top albums of the 2000s, and was nominated for the Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy.

Despite these successes, Apple’s career has always been marked by inconsistency — numerous cancelled tour dates, an infamous on stage meltdown and long hiatuses. Still, fans await the long-titled new album, said to be released sometime in June.

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