I was prepared for the bubblegummy sound before I ever played this CD. I think it's actually a very good effort on her part, although her voice doesn't really fit the songs. I purchased this CD because I am a huge Alanis Morissette fan and I was incredibly intrigued to hear her debut.
Songs like "An Emotion Away" and "Can't Deny" are probably the most teen pop sounding songs on this CD, "An Emotion Away" sounds kind of like an Amy Grant song gone wrong, but it's still a fun song. There seems to be more backup vocals on this song than we hear of Alanis.
Most people have said that this CD is abolutely terrible, and I am definitely inclined to disagree. I refuse to limit myself to just one type of music so naturally this CD is most appealing to my many musical tastes. I like everyone from Britney Spears (who's about as teen pop/bubblegum as you can get these days) to heavy metal (like Slayer) and punk rock (Blink 182). I say this CD is a fine effort by Alanis and it supports the fact that she has come a long way, both emotionally and musically.
My absolute favorite song on this CD is "Can't Deny". With it's early 90s synth sounds and poppy beat, it is very listener friendly. If it had been released to the radio in it's day, it most certainly would have been a hit.
Other songs on this CD vary in sound and emotion. "Rain" is an ode to a friend who passed away, not a 'cheesy love song' as another reviewer recently described. "Real World", the opening track, is an okay track, but not one I'd choose for the opener.
Above all, this CD is worth the buy, but only if you have an open mind and are not expecting that typical "Angry Alanis" sound. If you like Alanis, give it a listen. If you like the teen pop stars of today, give it a listen. I reccommend this CD to anyone who needs to hear something new, who needs to smile (or laugh out loud once they realize who it is), or just to show it off and see everyone else's shock at this CD.