"Shadowboxer" (1996) 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… Fiona Apple Pop
Music Review

''Shadowboxer'' (1996)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Fiona Apple; Genre: Pop

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 Aug 23, 1996 Published in issue #341-342 Aug 23, 1996 Order article reprints