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Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
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|1. Front Row|
|3. Thank U|
|4. Are You Still Mad|
|5. Sympathetic Character|
|6. That I Would Be Good|
|7. The Couch|
|8. Can't Not|
|10. I Was Hoping|
|12. Would Not Come|
|14. So Pure|
|15. Joining You|
|16. Heart Of The House|
|17. Your Congratulations|
Certified triple platinum by the RIAA. (12/98)
When Alanis Morissette visited Mother India in 1997, she gained new composure and, in a state of numinous bliss, wrote 17 songs for Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, each suffused with the search for enlightenment and self-knowledge. To the likely dismay of many fans, Morissette now rages at herself. But this long-awaited follow-up to 1995's record-smashing Jagged Little Pill is far from a disappointment. Imbued with dark, swirling psychedelic licks borrowed from Jimmy Page's song book, the disc is paradoxically both more enigmatic and revealing than Pill. And while Junkie shows that Morissette is no less stingy about revealing herself to her fans--her staccato stream-of-consciousness style is again employed to surrender her secrets and foibles a little too easily in these tales of abuse, lost love, and self-flagellation--Junkie also makes one wonder what this musical sphinx holds back. In "Baba" she takes on competitive spirituality, sneering at the fashionable grasp for enlightenment. "Would Not Come" returns to a similar theme--taking us on a tour of her diary. "Would Not Come" and "Your House" offer the only hints of sexual innuendo. The only revenge she wreaks on an errant lover is in the percussive "Are You Still Mad", this time dishing up a much subtler payback than on "You Oughta Know". The record's standouts, meanwhile, are "Thank U" and the hip-poppy "So Pure". One complaint (and there is only one): Morissette's rapid-fire wordplay is at times engulfed by ponderous instrumentation. The worldbeat rhythms and elaborate guitar play add fresh twists to the album, but they also sometimes bury her message. --Jaan Uhelszki
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Musically, it's heavier and more diverse than the previous album. Some of the tracks sound like moody heavy rock (Baba, Joining You, I Was Hoping), others like cherubic folk tunes, but then it never sounds like anything else you've ever heard - her voice is utterly unique. A lot of the tracks require a great deal of digestion, and some I've listened to for a good couple of years and still haven't worked out. Songs like One, Would Not Come and I Was Hoping are incredibly self-critical, but only if you're really insecure can you relate to the lyrics. Joining You is a very personal number (it could have been written about my teens) that really situates you inside her life, and That I Would Be Good is incredible, by far the most insightful and moving she has ever been - provided you can understand how it feels to pin your happiness and self-esteem upon success.Read more ›
Many of the songs share an Indian influence, like the angry "Baba" and the haunting "The Couch".
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie begins with "Front Row" (9/10). It's a catchy, poppy song with a strange intro. The second track is "Baba" (10/10). Baba is an angry track about non-belief. I love the "Ah Vay Maria" part at the ending.
Everybody knows the lead single "Thank U" (10/10). It's incredibly catchy ballad. Alanis's voice shines at the chorus. The next song is "Are You Still Mad?" (9/10) which is an acoustic song to tell her lover to stop moaning. Overall, a solid song. One of the three weak songs is "Sympathetic Character" (4/10) which seems very out-of-sync. Very weak.
"That I Would Be Good" (10/10) is the second best track. I love the flutes used in it. A true gem of the album. The best track is the following track, called "The Couch" (11/10) which is a haunting ballad with strange lyrics about her father. The Couch is THE gem of the album.
The follow-up to the wonderful The Couch is "Can't Not" (7/10) which has a strange beat. I love the bridge at the end. "UR" (10/10) is a strong track. Not much to say, but you should give it a listen.
"I Was Hoping" (10/10) is a very dark song. The lyrics are similar to "The Couch" and the beat is similar to "Joining You" two of the strongest tracks on the album, which proves the same for "I Was Hoping".Read more ›
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This is my favourite album of all time. Alanis SHINES. Her talent is remarkable, these lyrics have inspired me like no other. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Janie
This may be the most underated and underapprecitated masterpiece of our genteration. Do yourself a favour, don't just hear this, listen to it. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2007 by Linda Copping
Don't believe those who tell you they didn't like this one... To me, it is the best of Alanis' albums, judging overall impression. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2005 by Julia F. Göhner
Jagged Little Pill was great, but since then Alanis has just churned out three albums with nothing new to offer, little inspiration, and lyrics that aren't particularly poetic or... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Hugo Calendar
First look at the price of the used CDs. $2.00 for this is too much, but that's how much it will cost you if you want to subject yourself to yet another collection of Alanis... Read morePublished on June 26 2004
Though in my opinion not as good as Jagged Little Pill or Under Rug Swept, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie is a spiritual journey through the thoughts and mind of Alanis. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Laura
I loved Jagged Little Pill, but this surpasses it with many different music styles and instruments. Her vocals are much more controlled and the lyrics to these songs are much... Read morePublished on June 15 2004
I was a huge fan of Alanis, listening to Jagged Little Pill religiously. I was both happy and excited to have secured a copy of this CD when it came out and a hurried home to play... Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Liz