MUSIC: FIONA APPLE: WISE BEYOND HER YEARS

STILL A TEEN, FIONA APPLE BITES INTO ADULT PASSIONS

Fiona Apple is only 18 years old. And she looks even younger than that, with her small, slight frame and large, innocent eyes. But when she sings, she sounds twice as old, twice as wise as her years. In her promising debut album, Tidal, Apple's unassuming but versatile alto explores issues of abandonment and desire. In the Latin-tinged song The First Taste, her voice suggests the distant melancholy of soul singer Sade; in Sleep to Dream she assumes a smoldering anger that comes off like a muted Alanis Morissette; and in the wordy, moody Sullen Girl she evokes arty singer-pianist Tori...

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