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Jagged Little Pill (Audio Cassette) Import

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  • Audio Cassette (June 13 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B000002MY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 428 customer reviews
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1. All I Really Want
2. You Oughta Know
3. Perfect
4. Hand in My Pocket
5. Right Through You
6. Forgiven
7. You Learn
8. Head over Feet
9. Mary Jane
10. Ironic
11. Not the Doctor
12. Wake Up

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
When you talk about the biggest albums of the 90s, you certainly have to talk about 1995's Jagged Little Pill. Alanis Morissette, to my mind, came to represent a version of the new woman of the 90s, leaving no questions as to her feelings and, some might say, demands. Decades ago, Aretha wanted R-E-S-P-E-C-T, but Alanis wants much more than that, and as far as I'm concerned, she deserves it. Apparently, at least one guy did Alanis wrong at some point; some women get mad, some get even - Alanis has the strength to do both. I for one love a strong woman.

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.
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Format: Audio CD
Morissette has lately proved that 'happy' singer-songwriters don't breed the most memorable albums. However, her angry, raw, jarring classic delivers exactly what it promises; with her gritty wailing voice, sad and sometimes desperate and pathetic breakup lyrics, grungy '90s' melodies and mellow, sad guitars, listening to this album IS like swallowing a 'jagged little pill'. There is no beating around the bush: 'Pill' is a brilliant album. The less-than-graceful Glen Ballard production, contributions from former candy-pop Morissette and the inherent anger that is heard as well as felt make for a brilliant listen. It's one of the few albums from the 90s that people will remember years from now, and more than a decade later, teens of today can still drown their anger with their jerk ex-boyfriends (and girlfriends) with 'Jagged Little Pill' on their ipod nanos.
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Maybe it's the catchy tunes, the way it brings me back to my childhood, the way I can relate perfectly, or just the pure honesty of Jagged Little Pill that makes it one of my favorite albums of all time. Alanis has such a unique sound that distinguishes her from anyone else you hear on the radio. It's so refreshing to hear a different, opiniated voice in a world of hearing clones that are polluting our radio time on a daily basis.
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.
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I know the Net is filled with gratuitous and ubiquitous praise for this album, and we shouldn't be subjected to more. I'll still indulge because Pill is justifiably one of the best albums released in the last 10 years. Morrisette goes for the artistic sublime and reaches it convincingly with edgy guitar riffs, an amazing vocal range, and, gasp, songwriting talent that is evident as it blazes through even the weaker tracks of the album.
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.
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