What Is It?
The song Shadowboxer by the American musician Fiona Apple from her 1996 music album Tidal:
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.
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 and on the television special MTV Unplugged: Fiona Apple.
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.
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.
It fared much better on the Adult Pop Songs, peaking at number 32 and spent over 15 weeks on the chart.
“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.
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.”
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.”
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Once my lover
Now my friend
What a cruel thing
What a cunning way
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
ARTIST: Fiona Apple
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