Jagged Little Pill

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's remarkable that Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill struck a sympathetic chord with millions of listeners, because it's so doggedly, determinedly insular. This, after all, plays like an emotional purging, prompted by a bitter relationship -- and, according to all the lyrical hints, that's likely a record executive who took advantage of a young Alanis. She never disguises her outright rage and disgust, whether it's the vengeful wrath of "You Oughta Know" or asking him "you scan the credits for your name and wonder why it's not there." This is such insider information that it's hard to believe that millions of listeners not just bought it, but embraced it,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's remarkable that Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill struck a sympathetic chord with millions of listeners, because it's so doggedly, determinedly insular. This, after all, plays like an emotional purging, prompted by a bitter relationship -- and, according to all the lyrical hints, that's likely a record executive who took advantage of a young Alanis. She never disguises her outright rage and disgust, whether it's the vengeful wrath of "You Oughta Know" or asking him "you scan the credits for your name and wonder why it's not there." This is such insider information that it's hard to believe that millions of listeners not just bought it, but embraced it, turning Alanis Morisette into a mid-'90s phenomenon. Perhaps it was the individuality that made it appealing, since its specificity lent it genuineness -- and, even if this is clearly an attempt to embrace the "women in rock" movement in alterna-rock, Morissette's intentions are genuine. Often, it seems like Glen Ballard's pop inclinations fight against Alanis' exorcisms, as her bitter diary entries are given a pop gloss that gives them entry to the pop charts. What's all the more remarkable is that Alanis isn't a particularly good singer, stretching the limits of pitch and credibility with her octave-skipping caterwauling. At its core, this is the work of an ambitious but sophomoric 19-year-old, once burned by love, but still willing to open her heart a second time. All of this adds up to a record that's surprisingly effective, an utterly fascinating exploration of a young woman's psyche. As slick as the music is, the lyrics are unvarnished and Morissette unflinchingly explores emotions so common, most people would be ashamed to articulate them. This doesn't make Jagged Little Pill great, but it does make it a fascinating record, a phenomenon that's intensely personal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/1995
  • Label: Maverick
  • UPC: 093624590125
  • Catalog Number: 45901
  • Sales rank: 20,772

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All I Really Want (4:44)
  2. 2 You Oughta Know (4:09)
  3. 3 Perfect (3:07)
  4. 4 Hand in My Pocket (3:41)
  5. 5 Right Through You (2:55)
  6. 6 Forgiven (5:00)
  7. 7 You Learn (3:59)
  8. 8 Head over Feet (4:27)
  9. 9 Mary Jane (4:40)
  10. 10 Ironic (3:49)
  11. 11 Not The Doctor (3:47)
  12. 12 Wake Up (4:53)
  13. 13 You Oughta Know (8:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alanis Morissette Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Michael Thompson Organ
Glen Ballard Guitar, Keyboards
Benmont Tench Organ
Flea Bass
Basil Fung Guitar
Michael Landau Guitar
Lance Morrison Bass
Dave Navarro Guitar
Gota Yashiki Rhythm
Rob Ladd Percussion, Drums
Matt Laug Drums
Joel Shearer Guitar
Technical Credits
Glen Ballard Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Ted Blaisdell Engineer
David Schiffman Engineer
Alanis Morissette Composer
Chris Bellman Mastering
Tom Recchion Art Direction
Victor McCoy Engineer
Chris Fogel Engineer
Rich Weingart Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Garage Band Music

    There are only three song on this album that are good. The rest is filled with screaming vocals and abrasive music. It might make a good kids album, but it's definitely not for the collector.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alanis' tribute to Joni Mitchell's Blue

    Only Joni Mitchell's Blue is as compelling honesty as Alanis Morrisette's Jagged Little Pill. Alanis starts with "All I Really Want", Joni starts with "All I Want" and they are both awesome Candians who know how to put words together. "You Ought to Know" and "Ironic" were the big hits on the album but can anyone not relate to Alanis' "Perfect" or her moral tale "You Learn"..please listen to the hidden track if you don't get the Joni Mitchell connection it pretty much says it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'a 5 star-rating is an understatement'

    i got this listen to this album when i was 10...Alanis is my first major rock music influence...the tones that rip you off through your skin and the words that cut deep down...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD!! Great lyrics!!!

    Alanis Morissette has a way of combining wit and truth to all her songs, there is not one song on this CD that I don't like! I used to hate her music but recently I've found great respect for her voice. She also is quite fearless with her lyrics, pushing the envolope farther than most songstresses, she has a real tell-it-like-it-is quality besides a beautiful voice. Great album, go buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    When I was 10, I was an Alanis hater, but I'm finally appreciating the magic

    When this album came first out, I hated Alanis's voice and shut off the radio whenever "You Oughta Know" came on. I thought she was just screaming. However, I bought this CD a few days ago, inspired by a recently-invigorated passion for her music. Not only are her lyrics poetry, but she pours out her soul in the chords of every single measure. "You Learn" provides a beautiful, heartfelt break from Alanis's laments, which are equally touching in their gut-wrenching trueness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stellar cd!!!!!!!!

    I love this cd.It's one of the best cds I've ever heard;too bad my cousin lost my cd when I lent it to her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD !!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have been an Alanis Morisette fan from the start of her career and this is by far the best CD shes has ever released! She has one of the neatest voices in the music industry and her songwriting is incredible! Anyone who even just likes one of her songs should pick this up you will be amazed that the whole Cd is awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CD EVER!!!

    Alanis really knows how to express herself in her music. She is conforming and can write about things others don't dare reveal. Her music has helped me out of states of extreme self pity. Her personnal best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jagged Journey of the Soul

    Blended with raw musical energy and lyrics that define passion and depth, Alanis tapped into the psyche of our youth and post youth with the most compelling collection of songs ever recorded. Her realistic take on love and life resonated with millions of listeners. Her authenticity make her apart from the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All You Really Need

    These tracks are good rock. Alanis has an original voice. Alanis has a wild charactesitic and you can notice it in lyrics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than SFIJ

    hey i loved sfij but i nearly died for jlp i loved it from the depths of my soul its the best yet right up there with yellow submarine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Speaks the Truth Woman!!!

    I love 'Jagged Little Pill' because Alanis writes her own songs from the heart and her music is very powering to women everywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wake Up and buy this extra ordinary album ! !

    This woman remind me of Sinéad O'Connor. Like Sinéad O'Connor did. Alanis Made a powerful and strong debut album, whit songs such as You Oughta Know, Perfect, Ironic and many more. When this album came out it choked everyone in Alanis's family, what her parents didn't know was that their little pretty girl was depressed angry and wanted to do something on her own and whit this album she could speak her own mind and make her own thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sHE ROCKS

    i THINK THIS IS A REAL GOOD ALBUM I HAVE 3 OF HER ALBUMS AND THEY ARE ALL GR8! EVERY1 AT GMS LOVES HER

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jagged Little Pill edges are SHARP!

    I loved it. It was like DA BOMB! If you cant handle anger dont listen to it. But if you do it is the CD for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Songs for all the situations!!!!

    On this album you're gonna find musics that sound close to you.Some of them makes you think in our way of life.Listen to Perfect,Hand in My Pocket and Head Over Feet.If you wanna fly,listen to Mary Jane and Ironic.I find that the song You Learn give us strength even the bad situation we're dealing with.So this album is a terapy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She deserves more than 5!!!

    Undoubtedly, Jagged Little Pill offers to the public the purest soul of rock and roll brought back to life by this talented performer. Alanis Morrisette introduces in this album touching stories as well as gooey rythms with rebelious electronic guitar outbursts. Her one of a kind voice plays an important role in all of her melodies and you will fall in love with her capcity for converting every day situations in music and for using language so dramaticaly that your ears won't believe! Jagged Little Pill is the best female rock album of the past decade...remember that she picked up the album of the year award at the grammys in 1996...BUY it now or MISS it forever!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    Alanis is the type of singer songwriter that reaffirms my love of music. Jagged Little Pill is simply a masterpiece. The only bad thing is that I can't decide which track is my favorite. Production, style, vocals, & lyrics are all excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alanis Morissette-Jagged Little Pill

    What an awesome collection of outstanding songs that just blow your mind after listening to them. Alanis made a great entrance with her first real album that still astounds people to this day. Some of my favorites (well, I love all the days) are ALL I REALLY WANT, RIGHT THROUGH YOU, YOU OUGHTA KNOW, HAND IN MY POCKET, and YOU LEARN. I recommend this for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2009

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