'Tidal' 20 Years Later...

The very first line that introduced us to Fiona Apple in 1996 was spine-chilling and elegant, laced with the best facets of blue-eyed soul and filled with promise for the whole record to follow. Yet, it was so simple: ’I tell you how I feel, but you don’t care.“ - AntiMusic /Olivia Isenhart /

Two decades later, the opener of Fiona’s 1996 debut, Tidal (which turns 20 tomorrow), still has this effect on me — my mascara is smeared after just one listen. Part of that is because she is a generational talent, and “Sleep to Dream” is one of many remarkable songs on the album, and part of it is because I ache remembering why it affected me so much then: Her voice is husky with an emotion I had been subconsciously taught to tamp down my whole life—rage. ~ Spin Magazine

It’s interesting to consider the stakes of releasing such an unguarded, nakedly confessional record in 1996, compared to 2016. The same approach that led to mockery and misunderstanding for a young Fiona Apple in the ’90s is closer to the norm today, when fans expect their pop stars to be open and accessible about their inner lives. ~ MTV

“I couldn’t believe [the demo] was written and sung by a 17-year-old,” a bemused Slater admitted to Billboard in June 1996. “It sounded like a 30 year-old singer who had written a lifetime’s worth of material. I thought someone was playing a joke on me.” ~

I’m not sure if this is what Whitman meant when he wrote “dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem”—or what Emerson meant when he wrote that great art comes with “good-humored inflexibility”—but that’s how I’ve always felt about Fiona. That her music is legitimately transcendent. That her lyrics are sublime truths for kids who feel trapped in their towns and bodies and minds. When I downloaded “Sleep to Dream” on Kazaa nearly a decade after its release, Fiona performed an act of insurrectionism upon my teenage life. This was a young feminist awakening of tectonic proportions. I was never the same. ~

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One scene that made fans raise a few eyebrows was Octavia’s treatment of Bellamy after Lincoln’s death. Some considered it to be a bit extreme and violent but Avgeropolous defended Octavia’s reaction. “[Lincoln’s death] was the biggest, emotionally tragic thing that’s ever happened to Octavia,” she said, “Bellamy played a part in his death and Octavia took it out on the person she was closest to. They’re siblings; that’s what you do–you take it out on the people that you love.”


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Chapter 20

I could not get the look that was on his face out of my head. Even after almost three years of being apart, of not once talking to him or seeing him since, every time I closed my eyes it was all I could see. That look on his face.

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