Tidal (album)

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Tidal
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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
Genre
Length 51:29
Label Clean Slate, Work, Columbia
Producer Andrew Slater
Fiona Apple chronology
Tidal
(1996)
When the Pawn...
(1999)
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[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (neither)[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[7]
PopMatters 9/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[10]

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,[11] it was certified 3x platinum by the RIAA in December 1997.

Tidal produced six singles: "Shadowboxer", "Slow Like Honey",[12] "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.[13] The music video for "The First Taste" never aired in the U.S.[14][15]

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

Background, reception and legacy[edit]

"When I did Tidal," she said in 2000, "it was more for the sake of proving myself; telling people from my past something. And to also try to get friends for the future."[16]

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.[17][18] A year later, Slant Magazine placed it at number 74.[19] The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed 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

Personnel[edit]

  • Fiona Applepiano (tracks 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9), vocals (all tracks), optigan (track 2)
  • George Black – drum programming (track 6)
  • Jon Brionguitar (tracks 1,2,6,10), harp (tracks 8,10), marimba (tracks 2,6), vibraphone (tracks 1,2,3,5,6,9,10), Chamberlin (tracks 4,10), dulcitone (track 2), optigan (track 8), tack piano (tracks 1,3,6,9)
  • Matt Chamberlainpercussion (tracks 1,6,10), drums (tracks 1,2,4,6,8,9,10)
  • Larry Corbett – cello (track 7)
  • Danny Frankel – drums (tracks 3,5), percussion (track 6)
  • Rob Laufer – guitar (track 4)
  • Sara Leebass guitar (tracks 6,9)
  • Greg Leiszpedal steel guitar (tracks 2,8)
  • Amber Maggart – harmony vocals (track 9)
  • Ralph Morrison – violin (track 7)
  • Claudia Parducci – violin (track 7)
  • Van Dyke Parks – string arrangements (track 7)
  • Greg Richling – bass guitar (tracks 2,3,5)
  • Dan Rothchild – bass guitar (tracks 1,4,8,10)
  • Patrick Warren – piano (tracks 1,4), Chamberlin (tracks 1,2,3,5,6,8,9,10)
  • Evan Wilson – viola (track 7)

Production[edit]

  • 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
  • Art direction: Fred Woodward
  • Photography: Nathaniel Goldberg

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 43
French Albums Chart[21] 21
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[21] 48
New Zealand Albums Chart[22] 22
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 2
U.S. Billboard 200 15
Single Chart (1996) Peak
position
"Shadowboxer" U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 32
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 34
Single Chart (1997) Peak
position
"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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "20 Rock Albums Turning 20 in 2016". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "When The Pawn...". Archived from the original on October 17, 2002. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Tidal – Fiona Apple". AllMusic. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Fiona Apple: Tidal". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  7. ^ Gardner, Elysa (July 28, 1996). "Fiona Apple 'Tidal,' Work/Clean Slate". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ Kholeif, Omar (July 27, 2009). "Fiona Apple: Tidal". PopMatters. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Fiona Apple: Tidal". Q (123): 121. December 1996. 
  10. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 23. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  11. ^ "Loyal fans helped free Fiona Apple's CD". Associated Press/MSNBC Entertainment. October 5, 2005. Retrieved February 12, 2006.
  12. ^ "Fiona Apple Slow Like Honey US Promo CD single (CD5 / 5") (115842)". Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "~~~~ www.rocklist.net ~~~~". 
  14. ^ "mvdbase.com - Fiona Apple - "The first taste"". 
  15. ^ Video on YouTube
  16. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil, "Hard Core Pawn", Q, March 2000, p48
  17. ^ "The Old Acclaimed Music Forum". 
  18. ^ "Fiona Apple, 'Tidal'". Rolling Stone. 
  19. ^ http://slantmagazine.com/music/feature/best-albums-of-the-90s/251/page_3
  20. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  21. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference Global_Peaks was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  22. ^ "Fiona Apple - New Zealand Chart Positions". charts.org.nz. Retrieved December 15, 2007.

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