One of the perks of work is iTunes, through which I've rediscovered Fiona Apple's oeuvre. That girl can sang! She has excellent control and a beautiful sense of coloration and tone. Also, she works with really excellent musicians. I've known Tidal was a great album since 1999, but I haven't listened to When the Pawn...almost since the year it came out. Her vocal attack on the album's first few songs will make the hair on back of your neck stand up. ITunes also made it possible for me to listen to Extraordinary Machine.
Happy birthday to this hyperliterate bona fide chanteuse. Life only gets better once you're out of your 20s!