Song for the day: Fiona Apple’s “Werewolf”

A. Quinton — Jun. 19th 2012

I’ve always liked Fiona Apple (thanks largely to my wife, who played Extraordinary Machine endlessly during our first summer together), but she releases new records so infrequently that her latest release caught me by surprise, particularly once I discovered it contains a song called “Werewolf”. It’s a rueful, bittersweet track about – what else? – confronting the realities of a failed relationship, and while it’s not really about a werewolf (unlike another favourite “Werewolf” song), I like it a lot.

From the Pitchfork review of the song:

“Werewolf” is a song about one of the superpowers you get as you grow older: it gets easier to see things from both sides. “I could liken you to a werewolf, the way you left me for dead,” Apple sings, and then the next line feels like something that nobody would have written as a teenager (especially not Fiona Apple), “But I admit that I provided a full moon.”

Not every post on Werewolf News needs to be about some gloriously gory comic or movie, right? Right?