Tidal (album)

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Studio album by Fiona Apple
Released July 23, 1996 (U.S.)
Recorded 1995–1996 Sony Music Studios, Ocean Way Recorders and 4th Street Recording, Los Angeles, CA
Length 51:29
Label Clean Slate, Work, Columbia
Producer Andrew Slater
Fiona Apple chronology
When the Pawn...
Singles from Tidal
  1. "Shadowboxer"
    Released: July 1, 1996
  2. "Slow Like Honey"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Sleep to Dream"
    Released: April 14, 1997
  4. "The First Taste"
    Released: 1997
  5. "Criminal"
    Released: September 16, 1997
  6. "Never Is a Promise"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[2]
PopMatters (9/10)[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (neither)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
TIME Favorable[7]

Tidal is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, released in the United States on July 23, 1996, by Work Records and Columbia Records (Sony Music).. according to Nielsen SoundScan.[8] It was certified gold by the RIAA in December 1996

Tidal produced six singles: "Shadowboxer", "Slow Like Honey",[9] "Sleep to Dream", "The First Taste", "Criminal" and "Never Is a Promise". "Criminal", the album's most popular single, won a 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance" and was named the single of 1997 in a poll of Rolling Stone readers.[10] The music video for "The First Taste" never aired in the U.S.[11][12]

The 2005 album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise by Bettye LaVette is titled after a lyric in "Sleep to Dream",[citation needed] and includes a cover of that song.

The album was very well received upon release and continues to be highly regarded. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly named Tidal the 20th Best Album of the last 25 years (1983–2008). In 2010, Rolling Stone placed it among the greatest albums of the 1990s, at number 83.[13][14] A year later, Slant Magazine placed it at number 74.[15] The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Fiona Apple.

  1. "Sleep to Dream" – 4:08
  2. "Sullen Girl" – 3:53
  3. "Shadowboxer" – 5:24
  4. "Criminal" – 5:41
  5. "Slow Like Honey" – 5:56
  6. "The First Taste" – 4:46
  7. "Never Is a Promise" – 5:54
  8. "The Child Is Gone" – 4:14
  9. "Pale September" – 5:50
  10. "Carrion" – 5:43



  • Produced by: Andrew Slater
  • Recorded and Mixed by: Mark Endert
  • Additional Engineering by: Claude "Swifty" Achille, Niko Bolas, Brian Scheuble, Jim Wirt
  • Assistant engineers: Troy Gonzalez, Al Sanderson
  • Mixing assistant: Tom Banghart
  • Mastered by: Ted Jensen, Sterling Sound
  • Production coordination: Valerie Pack
  • Drum programming: George Black
  • String arrangements: Van Dyke Parks, Evan Wilson
  • Art direction: Fred Woodward
  • Photography: Nathaniel Goldberg


Chart (1996) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 2
Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 15
Single Chart (1996) Peak
"Shadowboxer" U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 32
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 34
Single Chart (1997) Peak
"Sleep to Dream" U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 28
"Criminal" U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 17
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 21
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 18


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