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Jagged Little Pill

An album by Alanis Morissette

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She Gets to Play God

  • Jun 20, 2008
Pros: Great songs, moving rhythms, nice tunes.

Cons: Not any at all.

The Bottom Line: This has got to be my favorite driving music since Boz Skagg's Lido Shuffle.

I've rarely found an album that had such a strong body of work. Listening to any album, we are lucky if 1/3 the content blows us away. Steve Miller's Fly Like an Eagle was pretty awesome the summer I turned 17.

Jagged Little Pill is filled with wonder. Released in 1995, I was still in a car with a cassette player and I listened to this one over and over again. I was a non traditional student and I went back to school that year. I was determined to graduate from college and that involved me driving 50 miles one way for almost two years. Jagged Little Pill got me there and back.

I still listen to this album and it still moves me after so many years.

I remember being shocked at some of the lyrics but I got into them very soon. I'm a mom and a school teacher. You Oughta Know. The vocals are edgy. Alanis has a voice that has clear tones when she's wailing and then the tone grows smoky and earthy. Her voice is never without feeling. It carries me.

Most of her songs have a strong rhythm that is catchy and helps direct the listener into a groove. "Hand in My Pocket" shows that she can wail. One gets into the rhythm with the harmonica background and the acoustic riff and then Alanis gives us a "peace sign." This song presents a list of contrasts. The vocals are clear and challenging. The lyrics are relevant.

"No one's got it figured out just yet." This song is moving on so many levels. Just when the groove gets comfortable the artist's voice pierces into our awareness and shakes us up.

Some songs are really soft. "Perfect" is an example. There is lilting acoustic guitar and soft vocals that direct us to seek perfection. In some ways this song sounds like like an admonition from a parent to a child. This song doesn't have the strongest vocals, Alanis goes a bit flat in a couple of places but it's still nice.

This is how the track list goes. . .

1. "All I Really Want" – 4:44
2. "You Oughta Know" – 4:09
3. "Perfect" – 3:07
4. "Hand in My Pocket" – 3:41
5. "Right Through You" – 2:55
6. "Forgiven" – 5:00
7. "You Learn" – 3:59
8. "Head over Feet" – 4:27
9. "Mary Jane" – 4:40
10. "Ironic" – 3:49
11. "Not the Doctor" – 3:47
12. "Wake Up" – 4:53

Jagged Little Pill is very musically strong. Each song is well written and orchestrated. Alanis has a strong clear voice that has a lot of variety and some major wailing strength. She is accompanied by quality musicians who render the melodic line with beautiful guitar riffs and moving percussion.

And after all, if you watch the movie Dogma, Alanis is God and she's wonderful!


Great Music to Play While: Driving

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Personnel: Alanis Morissette (vocals, harmonica); Glen Ballard (guitar, keyboards, programming); Basil Fung, Joel Shearer, Michael Landau, Dave Navarro (guitar); Benmont Tench, Michael Thompson (organ); Lance Morrison, Flea (bass); Rob Ladd (drums, percussion); Matt Laug (drums); Gota Yashiki. Engineers include: Christopher Fogel, Glen Ballard. Recorded at Westlake Studios and Signet Sound, Hollywood, California. JAGGED LITTLE PILL won the 1996 Grammy Awards for Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album. "You Oughta Know" won the Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. "You Oughta Know" was also nominated for Song Of The Year, and Alanis Morissette was nominated for Best New Artist. "Ironic" was nominated for the 1997 Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. Personnel: Alanis Morissette (vocals, harmonica); Glen Ballard (guitar, keyboards, programming); Dave Navarro, Basil Fung, Joel Shearer, Michael Landau (guitar); Michael Thompson, Benmont Tench (organ); Rob Ladd (drums, percussion)...
Song List: Disc 1
1. All I Really Want
2. You Oughta Know
3. Perfect
4. Hand in My Pocket
5. Right Through You
6. Forgiven
7. You Learn
8. Head over Feet
9. Mary Jane
10. Ironic
11. Not the Doctor
12. Wake Up
13. You Oughta Know (alternate take)
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Label: Maverick
Release Date: June 13, 1995

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