According to one strain of folklore surrounding the record, Fiona insisted that the name, Tidal, was taken in part because of its phonetic proximity to the funny emptiness of “Title.” But given the wild power of the thing that had come out her, she must have known this magnetism needed proper naming. What primeval force is more fitting than the tides to preside over such a magnificent airing out of wounds? Nothing is quite solid on Tidal anyway, and despite the ferocity, it is always a peaceful album, like the lapping of waves. The hypnotizing pull of these highs and lows make Tidal even easier to sink into; it is a record that swells and rages on an instinctual level. It remains one of the most important artistic distillations of female trauma because of the way she harnesses her pain, transforming it into a quiet source of power.
Read our new Liner Notes for Tidal here.
On how the media--and fans--perceived Fiona throughout her career, and the "difficult" woman narrative surrounding her. Read more here.
We talk through everything you need to know about our reissue of Tidal. Read here.
On the phenomenon of people getting Fiona lyric tattoos. Read more here.
We ran a short retrosepective essay when Tidal turned 20 last year. Read that here.