Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple (2005)
I've already waxed on how much I love the original version of Ms. Apple's third album much better than the re-recorded version. Fortunately when the official release came the title track, along with "Waltz", were left in their Jon Brion-produced glory. Sounding as if Fiona had taken a wormhole back to the 30's, we are given the best torch ballad of the Aughties. The vocal interplay with the jazz band gives this piece the feel of vintage Cole Porter, whisking the listener back to a time when music was clever through the sheer fact that these things had never been done before. I strongly urge any of you who have never heard the rest of the original tapes to do so immediately. I mean, what else are you going to do today, except maybe stream the Flaming Lips "Dark Side" performance at Bonnaroo!!!??!!
And I love how the bells are replaced by guitar twangs on this live version. This is a quality re-creation!