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  • Audio CD (July 23 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002BE9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 259 customer reviews
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1. Sleep To Dream
2. Sullen Girl
3. Shadowboxer
4. Criminal
5. Slow Like Honey
6. The First Taste
7. Never Is A Promise
8. The Child Is Gone
9. Pale September
10. Carrion

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FIONA APPLE Tidal (1996 US 10-track picture printed CD the debut album including the singles Shadowboxer Slow Like Honey Sleep to Dream The First Taste Criminal and Never Is a Promise lyric booklet picture sleeve)


Tidal is the debut album by Fiona Apple, a New York singer-songwriter-pianist who was 18 years old at the time of its 1996 release. Apple is obviously talented--she has a dark, smoky alto and a knack for an arresting turn of phrase--but she's still several years away from realizing her potential. For every fresh lyric she writes ("Daddy longlegs, I feel that I'm finally growing weary of waiting to be consumed by you"), she provides two examples of embarrassingly precious schoolgirl poetry ("Adagio breezes fill my skin with sudden red," from the same song, "The First Taste"). She also has yet to refine her moody piano chords into actual melodies, though "Shadowboxer" comes close. --Geoffrey Himes

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 30 2007
Format: Audio CD
Fiona Apple has become one of those few singer-songwriters who is known for her talent, with only a few albums to her name. Her debut "Tidal" is more uneven than her sophomore album, but Apple's rich voice and exquisite musicianship make up for the occasional lyrical stumbles.

"You say love is a hell you cannot bear/And I say gimme mine back and then go there for all I care," Apple sings in the first song, her alto suspended somewhere between a purr and a snarl. Backling her up is her own textured piano playing, backed by a heavy bass lick that pops up every few seconds like a tribal drum.

But unworthy lovers aren't the only topic that Apple tackles here. She also explores personal changes ("And I suddenly feel like a different person/From the roots of my soul come a gentle coercion"), hurting others in love, and "You'll say "don't fear your dreams"/It's easier than it seems."

Her songs are painfully deep in themselves, but it's all the more shocking and stunning when you realize that she was only eighteen when the album was released. Her music exudes the sorrow, anger and emotion of a woman twenty years older, mixed in with the ever-changing personality of a young girl. Music like this can't be calculated; it can only ever be real.

Her youth does show in songs like "Pale Summer," or certain awkward lines like "Oh, your love give me a heart contusion/Adagio breezes fill my skin with sudden red." It sounds a bit too overblown, in a high-school poetry way. But Apple has a rare way with simpler lines, giving them a verbal punch that a shadowboxer couldn't match. "I have never been so insulted in all my life/I could swallow the seas to wash down all this pride!" she snarls in the first song.
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Fiona Apple was signed to a major label in 1995 on the strenght of a demo tape of a few songs. She was 18, and a major label signing an unknown teenager was possible only because we now know (in retrospect) that 1995-96 were the heydays of the "alternative music" scene, and anything was possible.
"Tidal" (10 tracks, 51 min.), released almost 8 years to the day, was auspicious in many respects. The confessional writing style, the jazzy-smokey pop (don't even think Norah Jones, but more a jazzier Tori Amos or Aimee Mann), it all struck a cord. And a few killer songs helped tremendously of course. "Shadowboxer" became a breakout hit, and justifiably so, it still sounds good today, 8 years later. Other oustanding tracks include the opener "Sleep to Dream", "The First Taste" (with great lyrics like "Darling Just Start the Chase/I'll Let You Win/But You Must Make the Endeavour"), and "Pale September", featuring the vibraphone which is used throughout the album, very effectively. However, the very best of them all "Never Is A Promise", a haunting ballad.
Since "Tidal", Fiona has released only one other album (1999's oustanding "When The Pawn"), but supposedly we will finally see a new album later this year. Meanwhile, "Tidal" is aging quite nicely. Strongly recommended!
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Now this is some truly, honest to God gorgeous music, you can just relax to it and let it take you away. Fiona A. is one talented woman, and quite sensual in her songs. Although I love Tori Amos myself, Fiona's music is very different despite some similarities (a.k.a piano, having been raped)
High Points: I'm in LOVE with her sound, it is very unique in my opinion and has a dreamy, moody quality to it. Her voice is also awesome, it can sweep down deep and sultry and then soar high and sweet (wish there was more singers like that). AND not ONE song is bad (although I usually skip Pale September and Carrion for some reason). Favorite songs are Sullen Girl (the piano is beautiful and the lyrics are my favorite out of all the songs "but he washed me shore and he took my pearl, and left an empty...shell, of me."), The First Taste (this really would be great to dance to, the vibe is awesome and her voice just glides through it), Slow Like Honey (sooooo seductive, Fiona tells why her man can't resist her.)
Low Points: Hmm...can't think of any haha! This whole album stays pretty consistent in feeling and sound, but if you have no patience for slow songs than you had best stay away.
This piece is really a stand out to me, and I wish there was more music out like this, in fact, I think we need it. To get away from having to be all edgy and beautiful and pumped up... and just chill. Yeah, that would be cool.
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I'm a huge Tori Amos fan. So when I hear there is a singer who is similar I decide to buy the CD. I carefully put Tidal into my CD player and cautiously press the play button. I am greeted by a strange, seductive drum beat. As the song continues I find myself enjoying it immensely. The song,"Sleep To Dream" is one of the many gems of Tidal, the debut of Fiona Apple, a bbeautiful and talented new singer/songwriter. The rest of the CD is just as brilliant. The next track called "Sullen Girl" is a song which very pretty, for lack of better term, its good, but seems mediocre in comparison to, "Shadowboxer." Although "Shadowboxer" is one of the more radio friendly tunes on the album its still very soft and devoid of the modern radios stupidity. One of my favroites, "Criminal", is up next and is actually the song which persuaded me to buy Fiona Apple's Tidal. The track is very interesting both lyricallly and music wise. Next is the seductive "Slow Like Honey" which is beautifully arranged, but a bit long and labourious as the CD tends to group together the slow songs which is a bit of a downfall. "The First Taste" isn't my favroite track, althouggh it is very good, mostly bbecause the chorus backround music sounds a bit like the music keyboards have for salsa. No complaint other than that though. Possibly my favroite track is "Never is a Promise" which will bring you to tears. Its beautiful lyrics and music are my definition of beauty and this song is almost impossible to dislike unless you are a top 40 trendie person who might eat it up if your friends said it was cool. Sorry, pet peeve there. "The Child Is Gone" is good, but is too similar to the other tracks on the album.Read more ›
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