- Audio CD (Nov. 3 1998)
- Original Release Date: 1998
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Maverick
- ASIN: B00000DGUG
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 774 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
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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. Can't Not makes you think, The Couch is a remarkably deep psychology-fest, and there are still songs about love and the pressures of relationships in these modern times.
Overall, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie is great, but like I said, I don't think it has widespread appeal because it is not all happy and empowering, her sexual aggression (a major part of the first album) is very underplayed, and the songs can make you feel uncomfortable about your own life. The eastern influences are very noticeable and enhance her rare sound. The only downside is Unsent, which I cannot relate to at all. Personally, I think this album belongs in every collection, but even my girlfriend - who loved the first album - hates this one. I won't say you have to go out and buy it, but I definitely think more people, especially those who hated the first album and anyone into alternative music, should give it an open listen. Then you might just change your opinion about her.
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