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Fiona Apple's ''Extraordinary Machine''

Fiona Apple's shelved third album has been leaked online and even gotten radio airplay

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Mustworthiness The album boasts an intriguingly bizarro backstory: Fans accused Epic of shelving Apple's avant-pop third effort in 2004 because there was no obvious single, prompting a passionate ''Free Fiona'' campaign. Insiders, however, claimed Apple, 27, was unhappy with producer Jon Brion's handiwork and bailed on delivering the goods. In the meantime, the unreleased Machine has Exxon Valdezed all over the Net and got some radio play.

Prime Cuts The cabaret-style title track and the exquisitely bouncy ''Better Version of Me.''

Next Apple is starting a second third album with producer Brian Kehew (Moog Cookbook). Electro-Apple? Now that's extraordinary.

Originally posted Jun 17, 2005 Published in issue #826-827 Jun 24, 2005 Order article reprints
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