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)
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]

Singles[edit]

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)[27] 159
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[28] 78
Scotland (OCC)[29] 75
UK Singles Chart[30] 79
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[31] 28
"Criminal" Australia (ARIA)[32] 51
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[33] 28
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[34] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[35] 21
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[36] 2
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[37] 17
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[38] 4
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[39] 18

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[40] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[42] Gold 117,100[41]
Russia (NFPF)[43] Gold 10,000[43]
United States (RIAA)[44] 3× Platinum 2,900,000[18]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  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.
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  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.
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