Tidal (album)

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Tidal
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Studio album by Fiona Apple
Released July 23, 1996
Recorded 1995–1996
Studio 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)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

Tidal is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, released on July 23, 1996 by Work Records and Columbia Records (Sony Music). Tidal produced six singles: "Shadowboxer", "Slow Like Honey",[2] "Sleep to Dream", "The First Taste", "Criminal" and "Never Is a Promise". "Criminal", the album's most popular single, won a Grammy Award for "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance" in 1998. In 2017, Tidal got its first vinyl run as a 'Vinyl Me, Please' exclusive "Record of the Month."[3]

Background and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(neither)[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[8]
Pitchfork9.0/10[9]
PopMatters9/10[10]
Q4/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[12]

"When I did Tidal," Apple 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."[13]

In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 83 among the 100 greatest albums of the 1990s.[14] The following year, Slant Magazine placed it at number 74.[15] The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[16]

As of July 2016, the album has sold 2.9 million copies in United States. [17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Fiona Apple.

No.TitleLength
1."Sleep to Dream"4:08
2."Sullen Girl"3:54
3."Shadowboxer"5:24
4."Criminal"5:41
5."Slow Like Honey"5:56
6."The First Taste"4:47
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 Apple – piano (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]

  • Andrew Slater – producer
  • Mark Endert – recording, mixing
  • Claude "Swifty" Achille – additional engineering
  • Niko Bolas – additional engineering
  • Brian Scheuble – additional engineering
  • Jim Wirt – additional engineering
  • Troy Gonzalez – assistant engineer
  • Al Sanderson – assistant engineer
  • Tom Banghart – mixing assistant
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Valerie Pack – production coordination
  • Fred Woodward – art direction
  • Nathaniel Goldberg – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 43
French Albums Chart[citation needed] 21
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[citation needed] 48
New Zealand Albums Chart[18] 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

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[20] Gold 117,100[21]
United States (RIAA)[22] 3× Platinum 2,900,000[17]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "20 Rock Albums Turning 20 in 2016". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Fiona Apple Slow Like Honey US Promo CD single (CD5 / 5") (115842)". Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Fiona Apple 'Tidal', 2017-05-01, retrieved 2017-05-30 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Tidal – Fiona Apple". AllMusic. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Fiona Apple: Tidal". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (September 6, 1996). "Fiona Apple: Tidal (Columbia)". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ Gardner, Elysa (July 28, 1996). "Fiona Apple 'Tidal,' Work/Clean Slate". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ Pelly, Jenn (August 13, 2017). "Fiona Apple: Tidal". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ Kholeif, Omar (July 27, 2009). "Fiona Apple: Tidal". PopMatters. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Fiona Apple: Tidal". Q (123): 121. December 1996. 
  12. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (2004). "Fiona Apple". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 23. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  13. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil, "Hard Core Pawn", Q, March 2000, p48
  14. ^ "Fiona Apple, 'Tidal'". Rolling Stone. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ a b "Fiona Apple's 'Tidal' Turns 20: Celebrating Her Masterful Debut Album". Billboard. July 23, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Fiona Apple - New Zealand Chart Positions". charts.org.nz. Retrieved December 15, 2007.
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Fiona Apple – Tidal". Music Canada. 
  20. ^ "French album certifications – Fiona Apple – Tidal" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  21. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Archived from the original on 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Fiona Apple – Tidal". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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