Jagged Little Pill [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

Jagged Little Pill [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

by Alanis Morissette

CD(Remastered / Special Edition)

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Jagged Little Pill [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

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 telling 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 Morissette 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 Morissette's 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 Morissette 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. [Released for the 20th Anniversary of Alanis Morissette's breakthrough, the Jagged Little Pill Collector's Edition comprises four discs, three of which offer renditions of the 1995 album. That original record is here in a robust new remastering and there's also second disc of demos. Consisting entirely of unreleased songs recorded during the Jagged Little Pill era, this disc is the gem of the set even if the songs are something of a mixed bag, with the quieter numbers ("The Bottom Line," "Closer Than You Might Believe," and especially the minor-key march "No Avalon") pointing toward Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie while the cloistered, noisier "King of Intimidation" and "Death of Cinderella" feel like respectable JPL B-sides that never were. For hardcore fans, that's enough to make this anniversary worth celebrating.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2015
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227953287
catalogNumber: 551048
Rank: 38910

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
Rob Ladd   Percussion,Drums
Matt Laug   Drums
Joel Shearer   Guitar
Ross Garfield   Drums
Tina Wood   Guitar

Technical Credits

Glen Ballard   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ted Blaisdell   Engineer
Alanis Morissette   Composer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Chris Fogel   Engineer,Drum Engineering
SuzAnn Brantner   Marketing
Terry Sawchuck   Composer,Piano Arrangement
Dave Schiffman   Guitar Engineer,Bass Engineer
Sarah Redo   Marketing

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