Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Alanis Morissette could've done any number of things to celebrate the tenth anniversary of her mega-platinum debut, but instead of treating herself to a lavish soirée, the singer-songwriter opted to revisit that disc and treat her fans to a whole new take on its songs. As the title indicates, the Pill is a little less jagged this time, as Morissette approaches her topics with a decade's worth of maturity, both musical and emotional, under her belt. That doesn't, however, blunt the impact of songs like "You Oughta Know" -- delivered here with more seething tension than over-the-top catharsis -- or "Forgiven," on which she actually sounds a bit more ticked off than she ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Alanis Morissette could've done any number of things to celebrate the tenth anniversary of her mega-platinum debut, but instead of treating herself to a lavish soirée, the singer-songwriter opted to revisit that disc and treat her fans to a whole new take on its songs. As the title indicates, the Pill is a little less jagged this time, as Morissette approaches her topics with a decade's worth of maturity, both musical and emotional, under her belt. That doesn't, however, blunt the impact of songs like "You Oughta Know" -- delivered here with more seething tension than over-the-top catharsis -- or "Forgiven," on which she actually sounds a bit more ticked off than she did previously, having seemingly realized she had nothing to apologize for in the first place. The sonic tweaks aren't limited to Alanis herself, with several tracks taking on new dimensions via altered instrumentation, notably the burnished tone that a sinuous Hammond organ line adds to "You Learn" and the Eastern tinge brought to "All I Really Want" by some South Asian percussive devices. The softening doesn't work out perfectly on all the disc's tracks, and Morissette trips herself up with a few clunky lyric updates -- "Ironic" suffers the most on that count -- but this retrospective works on a number of levels. Yes, it's an interesting exercise in nostalgia, but more important, it points up the ways in which Morissette can breathe new life into her best-known material -- a nifty trick indeed in an age when most hit songs seem destined to remain frozen in time.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jagged Little Pill Acoustic is the sound of an artist who is comfortable and settled, fondly reminiscing about her crazy past for an audience that is also comfortable and settled. This is sepia-toned music, with all of the excesses and eccentricities of youth either romanticized or dismissed with a soft chuckle. Alanis marvels at how crazy she was back then, as she and her audience both congratulate themselves on surviving ten years while reflecting on how much they've personally grown in that decade. This is deliberately mature and certainly more tasteful than the original Jagged Little Pill, the kind of music that would sound good playing in, well, the background of a coffee shop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Maverick
  • UPC: 093624934523
  • Catalog Number: 49345
  • Sales rank: 73,564

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All I Really Want (5:24)
  2. 2 You Oughta Know (4:58)
  3. 3 Perfect (3:26)
  4. 4 Hand in My Pocket (4:32)
  5. 5 Right Through You (3:40)
  6. 6 Forgiven (4:43)
  7. 7 You Learn (4:10)
  8. 8 Head Over Feet (4:17)
  9. 9 Mary Jane (5:08)
  10. 10 Ironic (3:57)
  11. 11 Not the Doctor (4:26)
  12. 12 Wake Up (9:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alanis Morissette Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Stephen Erdody Cello
Roland Kato Viola
Suzie Katayama Conductor
Cedric Lemoyne Bass
Sara Parkins Violin
Zac Rae Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Pump Organ
David Levita Guitar, Mandolin, Marxophone
Jason Orme Guitar
Blair Sinta Percussion, Drums, Maracas, Cajon
Ralph Morrison III Violin
Technical Credits
Glen Ballard Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Bill Malina Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Alanis Morissette Composer
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements
Robert Hadley Mastering
Stephanie Kubiak Studio Coordinator
Jody Murch Personal Assistant
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is great

    Some reviewers try to make to much of this CD. Alanis has a great voice, and the songs are great. If you love Alanis, you'll love this. Play the samples on your computer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Pill is Back

    Perhaps one of the greatest rock albums of all time, Jagged Little Pill has returned for a second go round of promising sucess. Even without the original album this new release could definitely stand on its own merit. Alanis's fans will not be disappointed and she will most definitely acquire some new fans. I highly recommend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some improvements -- mostly disappointing.

    JLP Acoustic is not the great departure I expected it to be. Instead, it sounds very much like the original recordings with a few added vocal tics and a lot less punch. The songs are minimally reworked, and the gravity of Alanis's new and mature acceptance of past wrongs is almost entirely absent. Unfortunately, not even the original anger remains. The songs are devoid of any emotion whatsoever. She doesn't just sound passive or resigned -- she sounds positively lazy. Productions like "You Oughta Know" and "Right Through You" show more varied vocals, perhaps, but sound glossy and over-rehearsed. There are a few exceptions, though: On "Perfect," "Mary Jane," and "Wake Up," Alanis sounds more vulnerable than ever before, making these songs far more haunting than their originals (the extended note near the end of "Mary Jane" sent chills down my spine). "Not The Doctor" is even better, as well, as she tones it down a bit and expresses more genuine feeling than the rather flippant original. Altogether, the record is held up mainly on the strength of the original songs, which were pop masterpieces. It's an interesting listen for devoted fans, but others should stick with the original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GREAT ALBUM FOR NEW AND OLD!!

    Despite what people say, I love this new accoustic version of JLP. Her voice is so powerful and I don't care if the music is slimmed down the presence of her voice is amazing and you definitely won't be dissapointed. I do agree the only song that does not seem right is "You Oughta Know" and I think that that song should not have been touched. But anyone and I MEAN ANYONE who loves Alanis from her past records will love this new twist to some classic songs as well one of the greatest records the entire music industry has ever sen!

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