Extraordinary Machine

Last night I got the opportunity to see Fiona Apple live at the Orpheum Theatre, thanks to 96.3K-Twin. The night opened with Fiona’s guitarist who did a private set, switching guitars for different songs, it was wonderful seeing the other talented artists on stage without Fiona. He was backed by the other band members for some of the songs, the band consisting of an organist, cellist, DJ, and most surprisingly, a female drummer.

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Once Fiona’s frail silhouette walked on stage, though, the crowd really showed their excitement. She started her set with ‘Fast as You Can’ and everyone got into the mood of her commercial hit. Her first few songs were very shaky, like she had stage fright, but she did finally open up a bit and flirt with the audience, after which her vibrato sounded dark and heady like normal. One of the highlights for me was seeing her on the keys, because she’s definitely not known for her vocal range. Overall, it was a packed house and a great show, and I’m now a Fiona Apple fan!

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By Adrienne Yancy

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