Since I had a bootleg of the original version of Fiona Apple’s recently released Extraordinary Machine, I anticipated listening to the two together. I have only listened to the album once but I can say this – the two versions are very different. The same songs – just produced with a different hand.
My first impression is that I miss some of the quirkiness of the original. This version seems to have a lot more going on in it – more instruments, sounds, effects. The original seemed simpler. It may just take me getting used to it.
One note – I downloaded the original, and paid for the release version; that’s the way it should be.