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Alanis Morissette
"Jagged Little Pill"

© Maverick/Reprise Record Year of Release: 199

track listing
  • All I Really Want
  • You Oughta Know
  • Perfect
  • Hand In My Pocket
  • Right Through You
  • Forgiven
  • You Learn
  • Head Over Feet
  • Mary Jane
  • Ironic
  • Not The Doctor
  • Wake Up
  • Untitled

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    Alanis Morissette
    "Jagged Little Pill"

    One of the biggest albums of 1995-1996 was the major U.S. label debut of Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill. Seeing it was number one for 12 weeks, so out of curiousity, it's obvious to hear this album, and see what all the hype was all about. And after hearing this album, I can see that this album is definitely worth checking out.

    "You Oughta Know", "Hand In My Pocket" and "Ironic" are the obvious recognizable tunes, as they received heavy radio and/or video airplay. All of these songs are great tunes, no doubt.

    "All I Really Want" has a somewhat psychedelic rock touch to it. It is a strange song, as the vocal style keeps reminding me of such artists as Snow and/or Ini Kamoze, where the vocals have a mixture of reggae and rap. Or for those who are more familiar with rock, the Barenaked Ladies' "white-rapping" in their hit, "One Week."

    "Perfect" can easily be compared to Jewel. "Right Through You" and "Forgiven" are great tunes that definitely has a late-1990s rock style. Melissa Etheridge could easily pick up either one of these songs with no problem.

    "You Learn" has a cool groove, and "Head Over Feet" is another great 1990s rock song. These two are probably considered my favorites from this album. The album slows down musically with another great tune, "Mary Jane" and "Not The Doctor." The album closes with another great medium-rocker, "Wake Up." But wait...

    There is an extra track -- it's a reprise of "You Oughta Know." And at the very end of the song, there is a long silence, and then an accapella vocal by Alanis, all by herself, which is just beautiful. The combined reprise of "You Oughta Know" and the accapella vocal clocks in at under 10 minutes.

    Jagged Little Pill does give you a wake up call, where this album does grab your attention. As each song is heard, the album keep getting better and better. It's easy to see that this album rocks with the remaining crowd of other rock artists. Is this album considered Rock or Alternative? In either case, any of the songs would be easy to fit either format, but in my opinion, it definitely is Rock. And for those who listen to this album once, you will want to listen to it again. And as this happens, your opinion of this album will be greater the more you listen to it.

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