(1996) Tidal

Fiona Apple

... read moreFiona Apple demonstrates considerable talent on her debut album, Tidal, but it is unformed, unfocused talent. Her voice is surprisingly rich and supple for a teenager, and her jazzy, sophisticated piano playing also belies her age. Given the right material, such talents could have flourished, but...

51′:32″ 10 Songs

1
Sleep To Dream
Fiona Apple
4:08
2
Sullen Girl
Fiona Apple
3:53
3
Shadowboxer
Fiona Apple
5:24
4
Criminal
Fiona Apple
5:45
5
Slow Like Honey
Fiona Apple
5:56
6
The First Taste
Fiona Apple
4:46
7
Never Is A Promise
Fiona Apple
5:53
8
The Child Is Gone
Fiona Apple
4:14
9
Pale September
Fiona Apple
5:50
10
Carrion
Fiona Apple
5:43
Released 23 July 1996, ℗ 1996 Sony Music Entertainment

Review

Fiona Apple demonstrates considerable talent on her debut album, Tidal, but it is unformed, unfocused talent. Her voice is surprisingly rich and supple for a teenager, and her jazzy, sophisticated piano playing also belies her age. Given the right material, such talents could have flourished, but she has concentrated on her own compositions, which are nowhere near as impressive as her musicianship. Most of Tidal is comprised of confessional singer/songwriter material, and while they strive to say something deep and important, much of the lyrics settle for clichés. Apple does have a handful of impressive songs on Tidal, like the haunting "Shadowboxer" and "Sullen Girl," but the gap between her performing talents and songwriting skills is too large to make the album anything more than a promising, and very intriguing, debut. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine