Jagged Little Pill

Jagged Little Pill

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by Alanis Morissette
     
 

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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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/1995
Label:
Maverick
UPC:
0093624590125
catalogNumber:
45901
Rank:
8662

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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
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Victor McCoy   Engineer
Chris Fogel   Engineer
Rich Weingart   Engineer

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Jagged Little Pill 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love 'Jagged Little Pill' because Alanis writes her own songs from the heart and her music is very powering to women everywhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i THINK THIS IS A REAL GOOD ALBUM I HAVE 3 OF HER ALBUMS AND THEY ARE ALL GR8! EVERY1 AT GMS LOVES HER
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These tracks are good rock. Alanis has an original voice. Alanis has a wild charactesitic and you can notice it in lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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