To me, Alanis Morissette has always being the queen of music. That incredibly stunning voice with all it’s edge and vitality just ranging through the earphones and saying you can be a rock or pop/rock chick my dear. Pop isn’t the only option which was sorely needed in the 1990s I can tell you for one growing up. Jagged Little Pill (1995) was her most successful album and in my eyes one of the major albums for any woman with attitude (and a feminist mindset) who wanted to kick some serious butt but she inspired women and men alike because she is just so damn amazing. Girl crush? Probably. :-)
Let’s take a look at each of these tracks that took Morissette to fame and recognition individually. Shall we?
All I Really Want
Starting the album off was this sublime opening track. One of my favourites which is something I will repeat many times throughout the course of this review. It has a perfect rawness with so much power and edge that you are instantly drawn in. Loud, breathy and thundering straight into your brain, yes you have arrived on planet Morissette.
You Oughta Know
This track is brimming with attitude. The attitude in the lyrics and in Morissette’s vocal is stunning, mesmerising and empowering. Strong and rounded. Another favourite.
Understated with excellent contrast in Morissette’s vocal from soft in the verses to a heavier edge in the chorus. Stunning job.
Hand in My Pocket
Catchy and strong, this track has a very storytelling-esque quality to it. Excellent lyrics which are original and the understated vocal that matches perfectly to those lyrics. Again another favourite track of mine on the album.
Right Through You
Great attitude in Morissette’s vocal. Great storytelling once again. Strong and effortless.
My favourite track on the album. I love the darkness and edge in this song. The rawness and lyrics are so edgy and unique. Such a strong song. Piercing, strident and brassy, this song is heavy overload rock and I absolutely love it. The instrumentals are so glorious and contrast beautifully. Headbanging at the ready rockers? Let’s do it!
Another favourite, the lyrics are stunningly crafted. As you may have gathered from my music reviews I love great storytellers who bring you right into the song. And Morissette is brilliant at doing just that. This song is another fine example of this. Understated brilliance with a thought-provoking slant.
Head over Feet
Really romantic but in a very real way. I can identify with a number of Morissette’s songs but in terms of love this is the one I can really identify with. I am a strong woman or I like to think I am anyway but when I’m in love like everyone I’m vulnerable. This song with it’s lines about not used to liking being treated like a princess are something I can really relate to as well as just the overall vibe and lyrics of wanting to take care of them and they of you. Beautiful. Another favourite.
Considering my granny’s on my mother’s side’s name was Jane and my second name is Jane and I had two aunts, one on my mum’s side and one on my dad’s side, called Mary of course I’m going to like this track! Very understated and beautiful. A stunning, mellow and calming song combined with Morissette’s edgy vocal, it is another amazing track.
My second favourite track on the album, Ironic is probably Morissette’s signature tune. A stunning flow runs throughout the song from section to section. The lyrics are thought-provoking and original detailing all the ironic things in life from the serious to the not so serious. Morissette’s vocal is glorious throughout going from low to high notes in perfect pitch.
Not the Doctor
Clever lyrics and very well put together with a very catchy chorus. Another favourite.
Dark and piercing. Eerie, spooky and strong. Absolutely love it. Again another favourite of mine on the album.
You Oughta Know (Alternate Take)
Brilliant alternative take on a brilliant track. Edgy and fantastic. Once again another favourite. Just love this album so much!:-)
Creepy brilliance. A fabulous closing track this understated acapella shows Morissette’s vocal in full flow.