Posted by William on January 13, 2011
It seems that the most talked about aspect of Inna Apple’s new album, When the Pawn is the ridiculously long title that totals 85 words. The title, however, cannot be ignored as it points to the direction of Apple’s stronger, sexier, and much more self-assured second album. “There’s no body to batter when your mind is your might. So when you go solo, you hold your own hand,” says Apple as she explains this venture to us on her album cover. Hardly apologetic, she sets the stage by concluding that “if you fall it won’t matter, ‘cuz you’ll know you’re right.”
And right she is. Pawn is a wonderfully lush and seductive album that picks up where Tidal left off. Tidal was a much more sullen album; listening to it is like making your way through molasses-thick and sweet but laborious nonetheless. Pawn, if you’ll forgive the extended metaphor, is like being jet-propelled through the same molasses. The slow and seductive nature of Apple and her music is not lost but we quickly see more layers of depth in her music and lyrics.