Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer

What Is It?

The song Shadowboxer by the American musician Fiona Apple from her 1996 music album Tidal:

Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer (Official HD Video)
Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer (In Session at W54th)
Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer (1996)

Here is how Wikipedia describes this song:

“Shadowboxer” is a song written and performed by American alternative singer-songwriter Fiona Apple.

It was released on July 1, 1996 by Work Records and Columbia Records as her debut single from her debut studio album, Tidal.

Background and release
Apple recorded the song with collaborator Jon Brion in 1995 immediately after being signed to a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

Its lyrical content mainly explores the themes of the dangers of desire and vulnerability.[1]

It was then released as her debut and lead single from her forthcoming debut studio album on July 1, 1996.

A music video of the song directed by Jim Gable was released.

Apple performed “Shadowboxer” in various events, most notably during the 22nd season of Saturday Night Live[2] and on the television special MTV Unplugged: Fiona Apple.[3]

Music video
Shot entirely in black-and-white, this takes place in a recording studio, with scenes of her playing the piano and in Fostex T20RP headphones singing in front of a microphone.[4]

Chart performance
The song charted inside the Top 40 of two different Billboard charts.

It spent six weeks on the Alternative Songs chart, peaking at number 34.[5]

It fared much better on the Adult Pop Songs, peaking at number 32 and spent over 15 weeks on the chart.[5]

Critical reception
“Shadowboxer” has received critical acclaim from music critics, with many of them comparing Apple’s voice to Nina Simone and her lyrical talent to Carole King.[6]

Steven Mirkin of Entertainment Weekly gave the song an A−, he wrote, “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.”[7]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic described the song as “haunting”, remarking that while “it strives to say something deep and important, much of the lyrics settle for clichés.”[8]

Here are the descriptions for the videos above:

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Once my lover
Now my friend
What a cruel thing
To pretend
What a cunning way
To condescend
Once my lover and
Now my friend
Oh, you creep up
Like the clouds
And you set my soul at ease
Then you let
Your love abound
And you bring me
To my knees
Oh, it’s evil, babe
The way you let
Your grace enrapture me
When will you know
I’d be insane
To ever let that
Dirty game recapture me


SONG: Shadowboxer

ARTIST: Fiona Apple

LICENSES: SME (on behalf of Sony BMG Music Entertainment); LatinAutorPerf, ASCAP, Abramus Digital, Audiam (Publishing), LatinAutor, Polaris Hub AB, and 11 Music Rights Societies



My Thoughts

I can not believe that I did not have a blog post about this song already!

This used to be my favorite song back in the day for several years.

I have the music video for this song as a hidden video on the original Tidal music album CD that can be played on a computer.

I think that it used RealPlayer or something back then that was hidden on the CD, but I can not remember; either way, it was cool & ahead of its time to be able to play a music video from a normal music CD like that.

So this music video has a very special place in my mind / life, as does that music album.

Likewise, I played this song heavily back in the day, especially when there was a girl I liked back in high school named CW who was a classmate of mine; I eventually got enough courage to share my feelings for her to her by letter, but that failed.

This song really fit that period of my life, my mood at times, my situation at times, and it really connected with me back then during the rough times.

This song still holds up, and I consider it a classic that will stay in my music collection.

Fiona Apple’s soulful(?) voice, poetic lyrics, and piano playing was a great combination back then.

The end,

  • John Jr

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