Fiona Apple brought her intimate tour with Blake Mills to the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago, October 15, 2013.
Fiona Apple's best work of late has been a cover of tune from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, "Pure Imagination," as heard in a long commercial for Chipotle. Last night in the Bank of America Theatre, the 36-year-old covered Conway Twitty's 1958 chart topper "It's Only Make Believe."
For an artist whose power comes from uncut, often uncomfortable emotion, there is still a heavy dose of nostalgia and fantasy to what Apple does. Her Chicago stop was in a theater that has housed Jersey Boys and Buddy, after all. As postmodern as her piano pop can get, the artistry is balanced with the traditions of the old fashioned American songwriter. There is a theatrical sense to what she is doing, though intimate it may be. Wearing a dark wool coat and chopped black hair, Apple largely stuck to recent material from the difficult The Idler Wheel…. After one particular roar of audience cheer, Apple responded, "How am I supposed to have my meltdown?"
This tour is a collaboration with understated guitarist Blake Mills, who has previously backed Julian Casablancas. Apple performed two new songs, "Tipple" and "I Want You to Love Me," as well as "Dull Tool" from the This is 40 soundtrack.