3. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel...
Released: June 18th
Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel… is not an easy album to listen to. Her revealing lyrics spill pain and struggle over minimal soundscapes, and her delivery of those lyrics is devastatingly intense. She says that she shows these sides of herself because nobody else seems to be doing it, and she's right. We're so used to hearing music-especially in the mainstream realm-with airbrushed messages where every cloud has a silver lining. But Fiona's return has been a necessary reminder of the very human side of things. Things aren't always perfect, but this album comes pretty close.