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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 (17 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Clean Slate / Work / Columbia
  • ASIN: B000025KBR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,395 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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Fiona Apple - Tidal

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan 2006
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
You cannot really describe music without adjectives getting all out of hand. You simply must listen to Fiona Apple.
Let's be straight -- I heard the name, saw the waif approach the mike, and I clicked off the late night TV and went to bed. Next day a friend laid a cassette on me for a long drive. I saw the name again and thought, okay whatever will keep me awake. One of the best things that ever happened to me musically.
Her voice is a rich, deep, incredible instrument. Her music complex, emotive, powerful, lyrical, soulful, mind-wrenching, gut-provoking.... you see what I mean about all these words not really giving it to you. You've just got to do yourself the favor of this musician's music -- get hold of any of it, any way you can.
Oh, and, one last thing must be said: Fiona Apple is incomparable -- critical comparisons to Morissette are unfortunate; like comparing the color pink to the color purple... one could do it, but why?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 14 April 2006
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It's amazing Fiona Apple is nowhere near as popular as she deserves to me. I heard about her through word of mouth, because I'd heard a lot of people that liked the same artsists as me recommend her. So I bough this album on a whim. I'm so glad I did...

On first listen, I was blown away, mostly at the power of Fiona's voice. It's so stunning, and different. Secondly, for a first album, the songs are so individual and brave, the lyrics brilliant and interesting...

It took a few listens to get into it (I found "When The Pawn..." much easier to get into), but after I 'got' all the songs, so to speak, I couldn't stop listening to it...

The first song, "Sleep To Dream" is amazingly powerful, an amazing song in which she slates a guy that's messed her around: 'You say love is a hell you cannot bear / and I say give me mine back and then go there, for all I care'. It's a real power-song, and has a really strong effect on the listener.

"Sullen Girl", which follows it, is, on the other hand, a sadder, emotional song, about self-doubts, and she also sings of her rape in it. It's beautiful, and very powerful, especially when she sings 'But there's calm under the waves / in the blue of my oblivion'...

Then comes "Shadowboxer", an amazing song, and my personal favourite, in which she sings over the beautiful, jazzy melody, in her deep voice, of a lover that's messing her around... 'Once my lover, now my friend / What a cruel thing to pretend'...'Oh, it's evil babe, the way you let your grace enrapture me'...anyone that's ever loved someone even when they should know better will be able to relate to this song... 'I was onto every play / I just wanted you' indeed...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb 2001
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I actually bought Fiona's second album, "When The Pawn.." before I bought this album, but I bought it on the strength of tracks like ShadowBoxer and Sullen Girl which both appear on this album. Her sound on this album generally is obviously a lot younger, but that doesn't mean that the songs can't be just as captivating, and just as intense. The production is beautiful - just right for her smooth but potent voice, and there are some treats in store while she explores different styles and textures towards the end of the album. You can really appreciate what has been achieved in Pawn when you listen to the superb foundations that Fiona Apple laid with Tidal.
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