Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Review: 'Jagged Little Pill' by Alanis Morissette

'Jagged Little Pill,' Alanis Morissette, 1995, Maverick Recording Company. Cover: Artistic. Inside has two more pictures. Lyrics included. 

We remember first hearing of Alanis Morissette when her video 'You Oughta Know' came out. We were fascinated by the sound of her unusual voice & the anger in that song. However, Morissette is more than an angry, wronged woman, & she reveals that in this album. 

Her thoughtful 'All I Really Want' matches the indignance found in 'Right Through You,' about a big shot's comeuppance. Then there are the more pensive tracks: 'You Learn,' about accepting life's lessons, doing stupid things, & learning from it; 'Ironic,' about the ironies of life; & 'Not the Doctor,' about a woman wanting a man to take her for who she is instead of what she represents to him. 

'Perfect' is about parents wanting their kids to be just that; it's sad & true to life. ('If you're flawless, then you'll win my love,' sings Morissette.) 'Mary Jane' is an expression of concern for a friend. 

Dave Navarro's guitar is excellent in 'You Oughta Know,' and Morissette's harmonica lends a signature sound to the album. 

Note: strong language.  

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