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Fiona's "Machine" - An Extraordinary Followup

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After six years of silence, ditched efforts and leaked MP3s, the brooding songbird has returned with a formidable offering. Of course, diehard Fiona Apple fans have already sampled the early sessions of "Extraordinary Machine." Earlier this year, her dedicated fan base created a special website, dubbed "Free Fiona". Then, fans subsequently leaked 11 [unreleased] tracks across the internet. This was not done to thwart Apple, but rather to force her record label (Epic) to release the shelved material.

Epic was only partially to blame for the lethargic release. Apple, too, was reportedly displeased with the early cut of the album, which was produced by Jon Brion. The "Free Fiona" campaign propelled both Apple and her label to finish the album. She subsequently regrouped with producer Mike Elizondo to re-conceptualize 9 songs. Only the title cut and "Waltz (Better Than Fine) " remain from the Brion effort. Regardless of the particulars, we're happy "Extraordinary Machine" saw the light of day.