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Tidal [Enhanced]

Fiona AppleAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)

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Fiona Apple made her debut at age 19 with 1996’s Tidal, which is certified triple Platinum. Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1997 and in 1998 she won a GRAMMY for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for one of the album’s singles, “Criminal.” When the Pawn…followed in 1999, and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “the work of an ... Read more in Amazon's Fiona Apple Store

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  • Audio CD (July 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002BE9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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Fiona Apple Tidal US CD album

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, poetic album July 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Tidal is a poweful, passionate, poetic piece of work, from a woman whose art, voice, and personality would seem to possess all of the aforementioned qualities as well.
From the first track, Sleep to Dream, Fiona grabs you with her strong vocals, both in their performance and their lyrics. Fiona effortlessly transitions from such passionately angry pieces as Sleep to Dream to quieter, piano-centered pieces like Sullen Girl, giving us, through voice and lyric, a musical journey through the range of emotions that make up the ebb-and-flow of a young woman's journey through romantic life (that ebb-and-flow being the inspiration of the album's name, Tidal.)
Other notable pieces are of course the quite famous Criminal, with its jazzy, self-impugning look at romantic sin; The First Taste, combining a dance beat with all of Fiona's subtle lyrical poeticism, and the perhaps underappreciated Never is a Promise, a breathtakingly beautiful, melancholy song about the limits to which one can communicate one's essence, even to those one most deeply cares about.
Fiona sings with a maturity, her lyrics reveal a depth, her music demonstrates a passion most would say was "beyond her years." To me, Fiona demonstrates clearly that popular music created by a young person (Fiona was only 18 when this was released), need not sound like the general conception of what popular music created by a young person sounds like (e.g.. the Pop Princess Cabal.) No, this is the beautiful work of a profoundly mature young artist, and it is one that you cannot afford to miss.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Tidal" wave January 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Fiona Apple has become one of those few singer-songwriters who is known for her talent, with only two 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Art July 5, 2000
By jman
Format:Audio CD
Fiona's voice is a distinct beauty. Her songwriting is beyond her years--powerful and honest.
I didn't like Fiona when I first heard her way back in '96 (seems like eons ago). I thought "shadowboxer" was boring. A year later I still didn't like her or her new song, "sleep to dream"--it was boring too. But I began to respect her, artistically. I knew she had talent and could sing and write very well (a combination lacking in today's music). By the end of 1997, I fell in love with her song, "sullen girl" and the rest of her album, through a friend's copy of "TIDAL".
Now "sleep to dream" is one of my favorite songs, and I also like "shadowboxer". "Sullen Girl" is a song anyone, male or female, could relate to in regards to the lyrics:'Days like this, I don't know what to do with myself . . .' Of course the song turns out to be about her rape. The rest of the album is flawless. Even the slower, less appealing tracks, "The Child is Gone", "Slow Like Honey" have a unique, beautiful sound. It's hard to pick a favorite track cuz there's so many good ones--"Never is a Promise" is a meditation on hopelessness and that familiar suicidal urge, "Criminal" is one of the best songs to hit the airwaves in years, and "The First Taste" is perfect.
Overall, this is an impressive debut. It's rare to find a young female artist who can sing AND write so well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful And Astounding Debut April 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was first compelled to explore the music of Fiona Apple after hearing the complications her third album "Extraordinary Machine" has had in getting released, due to her record company's refusal to put it into manufacture because of the lack of any 'radio material'. I for one was disgusted by this, and my disgust was confirmed even more when I finally bought this album. I always kind of knew that buying an album by Miss Apple would be a wise move, but I didn't know just how good...

Let's just get a few things straight; this album is absolutely f**king incredible. Nothing less than an alternative female rock masterpiece, and undoubtedly one of the greatest albums I've ever purchased. "Tidal" is its name, released in July 1996, when Fiona was a mere 19 years old. It was certified Gold in December of the same year, and has currently racked up US sales of 3 million. Apple possesses a raw yet smooth voice, which is rather smoky and jazzy. Her music is primarily rock but boasts hints of jazz and pop. Her songwriting is incredible, totally something else. She's quite the poet.

The album opens with the amazing "Sleep To Dream." The thumping beat that opens this song soon manifests into a raging and man-hating rock classic! Fiona's vocals here are amazing, and the song has great lyrics. "Sullen Girl" is one of the most amazing songs on the album. It's such a beautiful and tranquil song. It's a really brilliant break-up song, with visual lyrics such as "Calm under the waves in the blue of my oblivion." There's some very relaxing sounds swirling around in the background towards the end of this song, making it very memorable and a perfect song to relax to. Fiona is like a mermaid in this deep ocean of a song. "Shadowboxer" is a real grower, which I didn't really like much to begin with.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a friend
This is not my kind of music. I would not have wasted my money on this for myself! I only bought it because my friend loves it!
Published 2 months ago by Gloria R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare, Enigmatic Artist
Rare, Enigmatic Artist
By Jen P.

In 1996 when "TIDAL" came out, there was simply no other music around that remotely came close to the raw, passionate honesty of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jen P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Long waits beteen albums but always worth it.
I'm a big Fiona fan, I like it when an artist is constantly experimenting with style and vocals. Fiona never dissapoints.
Published 3 months ago by Dani
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Great CD, well worth it. My daughter loves it and so do I. A must have for anyone!! Must have
Published 6 months ago by Jena
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Fiona Apple!
Always looking for her music! Its a trat to my ears and soul. As long as she makes music I will buy it!
Published 7 months ago by Beki Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Tidal
This is Fiona Apple's most famous album, and for good reason. It is beautiful and weird just like she is. Listen to this.
Published 8 months ago by krans
5.0 out of 5 stars This Only Happens Once
Its hard to believe a wafer-thin eighteen year old girl with no prior record deal would hit the ball out the park right with her debut but that is exactly what happened with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marc Cabir Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a smooth voice.
This is a great album. The "popular" tracks that I purchased the CD for, are now the ones I skip.
Published 13 months ago by Meadowlark
1.0 out of 5 stars Only good for the singles
If you are just learning to sing and/or can appreciate a weak voice, then maybe won't offend; but I've only ever loved the first and the theme song, two singles which launched her... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Opah Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiona is the best!
Its hard to say which is my favorite, but I am going to say that this one is. This was my first Fiona Apple CD back in the day.... when I was like 13.... I am old now lol.... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nichole D Dobbins
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