Jagged Little Pill Blu-specCD
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Certified at 16 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)
You could argue that Jagged Little Pill is the commercialised face of grunge. You could argue that Morrisette is just a cynical businesswoman, courting controversy with a few carefully placed, risqué references. You could even argue that this whole angst-rock is just a comfort-blanket for the therapy-generation. But it's still hard to argue that Jagged Little Pill isn't a great album. After all, it's the perfect alternative/mainstream crossover. There's "You Oughta Know", which marries its vitriolic, explicit narrative to thunderous, airbrushed grunge. With references to oral sex, Middle America were shocked, but not quite offended: it sold by the truckload. There's "Ironic", where Morrisette laments the trials that face every housewife ("there's ten thousand spoons / when all you need is a knife") to a scream-along, mosh-friendly chorus. The simple truth is, on Jagged Little Pill, the Canadian-born Alanis Morrisette does a very good job of being America's Everywoman. --Louis Pattison
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To many, Alanis burst on the scene from out of nowhere with this mega-smash CD. I have one of her first two albums, so I know better. As a teenager, Alanis actually found stardom in Canada singing, of all things, bubble gum pop. I know - it's hard to believe. I don't think any artist has ever undergone such a radical transformation as Alanis did from her teen albums to Jagged Little Pill.
Do I even need to talk about the songs? Were any of these tracks not smash hit singles? It all started with You Oughta Know, which was a revelation of sorts to many radio listeners. Harsh, angry, a little perverted, cursed with a couple of those silly bleeps radio stations just have to use - this was something different, and it just so happened to rock, as well. Alanis says everything all the good girls wronged by bad guys want to say but cannot to the heels in their lives. Right Through You comes in from the other direction to hit the target; Alanis, as a new woman of the 90s, is far too smart to fall for all the shuck and jive guys try to sell the ladies. She knows what guys want, but she is not about to let herself become nothing more than a conquest some jerk can brag to his friends about.Read more ›
Possibly my favorite thing about this album is that it's not one of those complete, mushy girl-power albums that guarantees instant inner strength and confidence to girls in our society. It's great that some people are empowered by strong women singing about kicking butt, mostly that of guys. To me, however, it's better to face reality. Although there are some feel-good, empowering songs on this album, Alanis very much speaks the truth, from relationships to religion to family life. By sharing her personal experiences with the world, even if it renders her vulnerable at times or angry or sad at others, it helps me to relate to these realistic, HUMAN emotions.
In short, I recommend you buy this album. It's one of the few CD's that I can listen to over and over without getting sick of it, and it's an absolute essential for every music-lover's collection.
Many critics consider the cornerstone track on the album to be "You Oughta know." And it is; the album gels to the 4 minute brillance. However, you've got to check out the other songs on the disc, especially "Perfect" and "Mary Jane." Most of the tracks demonstrate songwriting excellence, with varied chords and structures, witty lyrics, and a knack for matching music and lyrics to create songs that induce emotions and express artistic intent. A few songs fall short of this (most notably "Wake Up," but most are done extremely well. Oh yes, it is also performed and produced impeccably, with Morrisette singing all over the rock map and Glen Ballard producing with ultimate precision.
If you want to hear something of worth from the 1990's, you'd better go and buy this album. It has everything and more. You won't be sorry.
Most recent customer reviews
I can say that this album seems to be of high quality. For whatever reason THIS album, and ONLY this album does not play on my record player unless I adjust the weight on my needle... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rob
Classic from the eighty's,teenage daughter thinks I'm cool,her friends are jealous.Published 6 months ago by Bernie X
The only reason I'm not givig it 5 stars, I would have liked a collector's edition to include the DVD of the live show.Published 6 months ago by Jean Lawrence Roy
Excellent collection for Jagged Little Pill fans. The live show reminded me of the 1995 show Alanis did in Toronto at a small venue called RPMs later called Guvernment. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ezspirit