Tidal (album)

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Tidal
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 23, 1996
Recorded1995–1996
Studio
  • Sony (Los Angeles)
  • Ocean Way (Los Angeles)
  • 4th Street (Los Angeles)
Genre
Length51:31
Label
ProducerAndrew 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

Tidal is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, released on July 23, 1996 by The WORK Group. Tidal produced six singles: "Shadowboxer", "Slow Like Honey",[1] "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".[2]

Background and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(neither)[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[7]
The Philadelphia Inquirer3/4 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]

Tidal was received well by critics,[14] with Jenny Eliscu of Rolling Stone and Richard Harrington of The Washington Post describing it as a mature effort comparable to the work of singer/songwriters Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos.[12][14] In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 83 among the 100 greatest albums of the 1990s.[15] The following year, Slant Magazine placed it at number 74.[16] The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[17]

As of July 2016, the album has sold 2.9 million copies in United States.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are 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
Total length:51:31

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

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

Production

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 43
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 48
French Albums (SNEP)[20] 21
New Zealand Albums Chart[21] 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" Australia (ARIA)[22] 159
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[23] 78
Scotland (OCC)[24] 75
UK Singles Chart[25] 79
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[26] 28
"Criminal" Australia (ARIA)[27] 51
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[28] 28
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[29] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[30] 21
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[31] 2
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[32] 17
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[33] 4
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[34] 18

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[35] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[37] Gold 117,100[36]
Russia (NFPF)[38] Gold 10,000*
United States (RIAA)[39] 3× Platinum 2,900,000[18]

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Fiona Apple: 'Tidal'". Vinyl Me, Please. May 2017.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Tidal – Fiona Apple". AllMusic. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Apple, Fiona". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  6. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (September 6, 1996). "Fiona Apple: Tidal (Columbia)". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Gardner, Elysa (July 28, 1996). "Fiona Apple 'Tidal,' Work/Clean Slate". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  8. ^ Moon, Tom (August 11, 1996). "Fiona Apple: Tidal (Work/Clean Slate)". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  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. ^ Barnett, Simon (December 1996). "Fiona Apple: Tidal". Q (123): 121.
  12. ^ a b Eliscu, Jenny (2004). "Fiona Apple". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 23. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  13. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil, "Hard Core Pawn", Q, March 2000, p48
  14. ^ a b Harrington, Richard (November 28, 1999). "Fiona Apple: The Time Is Ripe". The Washington Post. p. G1.
  15. ^ "Fiona Apple, 'Tidal'". Rolling Stone.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-05-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ 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.
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  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bon Jovi – Keep the Faith" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
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  22. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 12 July 2016". Imgur.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7766." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 24, 1997. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
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  27. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart Week Ending 24 May 1998". ARIA. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  28. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3451." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 9, 1998. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  29. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 3315." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 1, 1997. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  30. ^ "Fiona Apple Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  31. ^ "Fiona Apple Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
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  36. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Archived from the original on 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
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  38. ^ "Russia certifications 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  39. ^ "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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