Alanis Morissette

Jagged Little Pill - Maverick 1995

Tracks: 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 ( + Additional Hidden Track)


It's beyond question that Alanis Morissette's album break-through album "Jagged Little Pill" has been an influence and inspiration to many female artists all over the world. Though really her third album it's often referred to as her debut, which is due to the facts that her first two albums were originally only released in her native Canada, and that they are musically totally different from her later recordings.

Musically "JLP" continues in the tradition of artists like Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith and Kate Bush with strong songwriting and sharp lyrics. The album is also her most consistent so far, with extraordinary many catchy songs with hit-potentials; proven by the fact that no less than six singles were pulled from the album.

Though very melodic most songs also have a hard rocking edge, greatly examplified by the five hit-singles "All I Really Want", "You Oughta Know", "Hand in Pocket", "You Learn" and "Head Over Feet". The stand-out song on the album is the softer "Ironic" with its acoustic verse, its wild chorus and the funny lyrics; still a regular radio-track and a popular song among young amateur artists/singers.

There are also a couple of nice ballads with "Mary Jane" and "Perfect" showing the softer side of Alanis.

A standout classic album by a great artist!

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