Extraordinary Machine was completed in May 2003, but Sony decided that it wouldn't be commercially successful (e.g. no "Criminal"-esque singles on it) so they shelved it in an attempt to cut their losses. HELLO, Fiona Apple's first two albums went platinum. Just because her second one's title was like 100 words long doesn't = she's a commercial flop. There are legions of angst-ridden 20-30somethings just waaaiting for more "break up mix tape" material (oh wait, no one makes mix tapes anymore...). And non-depressive types liked Fiona too. Everytime I read about her in a magazine, the writer says something like, "When IS Fiona Apple going to release something?" Some of the tracks from the album have been leaked on to radio (Seattle, I believe), and it's obviously out on the internet...so hopefully Sony execs will be persuaded to release it. The thought did occur to me that maybe they delayed releasing and purposefully leaked songs to build up more hype and pseudo-controversy...who knows in that dirty industry.
The hard-core fans have been up on this whole tragedy for a while and have a bunch of websites about it:
- http://www.petitiononline.com/Fiona9/petition.html (Sign a petition to release the CD)