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The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do

A magnificent meltdown from a songwriter who describes herself as "a tulip in a cup": catastrophic states of mind translated into unnervingly perky tunes and precisely turned phrases, polished until they gleam, then stripped to a skeleton, then polished again. The Idler Wheel is a very, very raw album musically and emotionally--it's little more than Apple's voice and piano and Charley Drayton's percussion, and it opens with a ditty about panic attacks--but it's also...

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