Apple's first album, Tidal
, was released when she was 18 and doing her best to navigate a strange showbiz world that was antithetical to her values. At the request of her record company, she wrote a hit song: "Criminal
," but it quickly became clear that she was not going to be a pop star. Apple's music is intertwined with her psyche, complete with all the rough edges and rabbit holes. On her second album, When the Pawn...
, she was even more visceral, which thrilled her fanbase but didn't expand her reach. "Fast as You Can" was the first single, and while it got airplay on Adult Contemporary and Alternative radio, it didn't make the pop charts. Songs this intense rarely do:My pretty mouth will frame the phrases
That will disprove your faith in man