- Audio CD (Nov. 3 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Maxi, Import
- Label: Wea International
- ASIN: B00000FYAE
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
The first single to be taken from the album was "Thank U." The song charted at No.5 in the UK in October 1998 and was a huge hit around the world. The confrontational lyrics were typical Morissette, but the light-hearted and somewhat forgiving lyrical matter was new. The anger that dominated her debut was traded in for relaxation and reflection on her sophomore. The video to the single featured a naked Alanis in one of the greatest music videos ever.Read more ›
However, despite being seen as belonging to the singer/songwriter tradition, "Jagged Little Pill" betrayed such traditionas all through, sounding much more like the pseudo-macho posturers Australians - deprived of arty, feminine singer/songwriters by the unsuitable environment (sparse population, infertile soils, erratic rainfall) - have always lapped up insanely. The pompous production and bland anger of "Pill" was rooted in the work of Suzi Quatro or Pat Benatar - both tremendously more popular in Australia than in the US or Europe.
"Thank You" is a real attempt to show Morissette as a singer/songwriter, and is an advance on the pompous noise of "Jagged Little Pill" that thoroughly annoyed me in Year 12 back in 1995. The song is held together by a piano line and Alanis' voice is nothing like so annoying. Nonetheless, the song has far too little feeling to suggest Alanis has absorbed the knowledge of such soul sisters as Laura Nyro or Liz Fraser or folksingers like Sandy Denny or Maddy Prior or June Tabor.
The chorus, moreover, is by any standards tepid and airy in a bad kind of way, as if Alanis wants to absorb the fakery so often seen in Eastern religions as an escape from her Catholic background. The guitar and bass are placed so far back in the production as to give the impression the the arrangers have little idea what is required to convey the song's message.
An improvement, yes, but nowhere near enough to take her seriously.