Extraordinary Machine

Album: Extraordinary Machine (2005)
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  • The title track to Fiona Apple's third album, this was one of two songs that survived the sessions recorded with producer Jon Brion (the last track on the album, "Waltz (Better Than Fine)," is the other). Apple's second album was issued in 1999, and Extraordinary Machine was slated for release in 2003. Most of the songs didn't come together to Fiona's satisfaction, and the album was delayed until 2005 when Mike Elizondo and Brian Kehew took over as producers, completing the other nine tracks plus "Parting Gift," which was a new song Fiona wrote.

    Before the official release of the album, however, a version was leaked on the internet and shared over the peer-to-peer networks that were flourishing at the time. According to Kehew, this leaked copy was doctored by whoever put it out - it wasn't the full version she recorded with Jon Brion.
  • On this track, Fiona sings about how she enjoys being out of her comfort zone, but has to deal with a man who likes to stay the same. She points out that while she is often perceived as a fragile little flower, she is actually quite resilient - an "extraordinary machine."
  • Fiona took the photo that appears on the album cover - it's a flower that was growing at her house, and on the inside cover is that same flower after it had bloomed. Her motivation for taking the cover shot herself: to avoid a photo shoot.
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