Genre: Pop; Lead Performer: Fiona Apple; Producer (group): Work

Forgoing the theatrical anger so popular with female singers today, newcomer Fiona Apple takes a restrained approach on this torch ballad. Singing to a former lover, her slurred, smoky vocals float above a loping, gospel-tinged piano, vibes, and string arrangement, making her ”Shadowboxer” sound like Nina Simone covering early Elton John. Although she’s only 18, she has the poise of a seasoned singer. A-

Originally posted August 23 1996 — 12:00 AM EDT

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