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  • Audio CD (Nov. 3 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B00000DGUG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (771 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Front Row
2. Baba
3. Thank U
4. Are You Still Mad
5. Sympathetic Character
6. That I Would Be Good
7. The Couch
8. Can't Not
9. UR
10. I Was Hoping
11. One
12. Would Not Come
13. Unsent
14. So Pure
15. Joining You
16. Heart Of The House
17. Your Congratulations

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Morissette means to mesmerize but more often merely annoys. With little use for rhyme or imagery, she makes these 17 tracks sound more like journal entries than songs. -- People

The ambitious collection ... is her probing, shrewd, sensual and fearlessly autobiographical exploration of being young and female in the '90s.... Junkie boasts a maturity and sophistication rarely found in unseasoned artists. Add Morissette's vision and daring and you've got a spectacular achievement, enhanced by its arrival amid this era's glut of conventional pop-rockers. -- USA Today

The songs on Infatuation Junkie tend to settle into polyrhythmic grooves and stay there, providing melody lines just serviceable enough to carry along all of Morissette's Zen chattiness. It's an audacious move.... -- Entertainment Weekly


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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Gill on June 27 2001
Format: Audio CD
Alanis Morissette is, without doubt, a legitimate phenomenon. Not only did she record one of the most successful and talked about albums of the 90's, she managed to defy her critics, disappear for a year to work with Mother Theresa, and then release an even better second album. The maturity she obviously gained in her absence is evident in every song on Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Gone are the amateur-psychologist introspective lyrics and the catchy yet unemotional music - don't get me wrong, I loved 'Jagged Little Pill', but compared to this, it's chart fodder - and in their places are lyrics with real depth of understanding and music with real emotion and sensitivity. There is a darkness about this album, a forthright intelligence, subtle wit and heaps of individuality - which means that, unfortunately, it does not have widespread commercial appeal.
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.
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By A Customer on June 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 Morissette's cacophonies. I for one really don't understand this. William Hung (the Idol reject) knows he can't sing, but he's at least humorous in his total lack of talent. Doesn't Alanis know she can't sing either? Seriously, does any one really think this woman has talent? It's a joke right? Perhaps it's just her "edgy" cat-in-heat, out-of-tune shrieking and whining (ref: Jagged Little Pill) that appeals to people with poor hearing. I actually feel sorry for her sometimes and wish someone would put this poor wailing animal (Alanis) out of its misery. I heard her on Good Morning America the other day when she performed Ella Fitzgerald's "Let's fall in Love" and it was so shamefully and absurdly bad I actually thought she was kidding. Alanis needs to retake Roseanne Barr's "How to sing" correspondence course. She obviously didn't learn anything the first time.
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Alanis's Jagged Little Pill was better, but Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie is a close second. It has a variety of different beats, like the dance in "So Pure" and the soft "That I Would Be Good".
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".
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After three years of the release of the ever successful, Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette finally released her sophmore album, "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie". What's distintcly different about this album and it's predessor? How about a much more softer and not-so-angry toned Morissette, musical influences from India, and a new sense of spirituality. This record is considered Morissette's "F#@& you" record to the industry, because she literally defies all common recording industry rules. From the very beginiing of this record you'll sense a new peace in Morissette thanks to "Front Row" (a song whose verses are derived from conversations) and the guitar whirling "Baba" (a song that questions people's personal motives in religion). Thank U (the first single from the record) is Alanis Morissette's declaration of thankfulness for the expiriences she has lived and accepting the good and bad in her life. This album is packed with 17 songs which (for the casual listener) maybe hard to digest. "Joining You", "Sympathetic Character", "Would Not Come", and "Can't Not") are all angry songs that are reminiscent of Jagged Little Pill. However songs like: "So Pure", "The Couch", "UR", "Unsent", and "One" reveal Alanis's new expirimental style. I would never reccommend this album to the casual Alanis Morissette listener, but it is definitley a treasure among rocks.
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