6. Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine (2005)
Fiona Apple’s third album, Extraordinary Machine, was a work that, for the longest time, seemed as if it would never be released. Originally recorded in 2003 and then abandoned, the album was revisited in 2005, with many of the songs given radically different arrangements in the process. The wait paid off: songs like “O’Sailor” and “Not About Love” sounded simultaneously timeless and modern, and the album as a whole possessed a vibrant and appealing feel, making Apple’s rightful return to the spotlight a well-deserved one.