Tidal (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 23, 1996
  • Sony, Los Angeles
  • Ocean Way, Hollywood
  • 4th Street, Los Angeles
Producer Andrew Slater
Fiona Apple chronology
When the Pawn...
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: July 1997 [1]
  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", [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

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [6]
The Guardian Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [8]
The Philadelphia Inquirer Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Pitchfork 9.0/10 [10]
PopMatters 9/10 [11]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [13]

"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." [14]

Tidal was received well by critics, [15] 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. [13] [15] In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 83 among the 100 greatest albums of the 1990s. [16] The following year, Slant Magazine placed it at number 74. [17] The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die . [18] In 2022, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 25 on its list of "100 Best Debut Albums of All Time", claiming that it was "just the beginning — and Apple has kept topping herself artistically ever since." [19]

As of July 2016, the album has sold 2.9 million copies in United States. [20]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Fiona Apple.

1."Sleep to Dream"4:08
2."Sullen Girl"3:54
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
Total length:51:31






SingleChart (1996)Peak
"Shadowboxer"U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 32
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 34
SingleChart (1997)Peak
"Sleep to Dream"Australia (ARIA) [29] 159
Canada Top Singles ( RPM ) [30] 78
Scotland (OCC) [31] 75
UK Singles Chart [32] 79
US Alternative Airplay ( Billboard ) [33] 28
"Criminal"Australia (ARIA) [34] 51
Canada Top Singles ( RPM ) [35] 28
Canada Rock/Alternative ( RPM ) [36] 9
US Billboard Hot 100 [37] 21
US Adult Alternative Songs ( Billboard ) [38] 2
US Adult Top 40 ( Billboard ) [39] 17
US Alternative Airplay ( Billboard ) [40] 4
US Mainstream Top 40 ( Billboard ) [41] 18

Certifications and sales

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada) [42] Platinum100,000^
France (SNEP) [43] Gold100,000*
United States (RIAA) [44] 3× Platinum2,900,000 [20]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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