Nothing beats plopping down on a rug, opening an LP gatefold and poring over liner notes the old fashioned way, but shoot, time’s have changed. For the audiophile on the go, Tidal has begun adding in-depth credits — including composers, musicians, vocal breakdowns, mastering, production, mixing, label info and even album artwork credits — to millions of albums and tracks.
A lack of detailed album and/or track information on streaming services has long been a major complaint among users, and also content creators seeking, you know, proper recognition for their work.
Tidal subscribers can access the digital liner notes by clicking on the “Show Options” icon and selecting “Album Info” or “Track Info,” depending on what you’re listening to. The feature is available on all of Tidal’s platforms and new information is being added daily, the company says.
Here’s what it looks like for Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs and Jay-Z 4:44:
“TIDAL is committed to bringing fans closer to their favorite musicians, as well as upholding the value of music and the contributions made by all artists. The Album and Track Info feature acknowledges the hard work of all the contributors that help make music for fans.”
Select albums or songs will also have an accompanying piece of editorial — be it video, audio or written — called Live Credits, which “takes fans inside a notable song, album or video, by interviewing those people responsible for its creation.”