A long time ago (1995), Ms. Morissette sang about giving head in cinemas. But over the progressing years, Alanis has musically matured. Maybe that trip to India helped in finding herself spiritually, but it has recieved mixed reactions in her music. From Jagged Little Pill's impressive outburst 9 years ago, we have had classy Eastern jangles, heavy guitar basslines and verbal babble. Depending on you and your tastes, her voice is either fantastic or annoying. What with her uninhibited sqwarks, this isn't hard to imagine, but then again, I couldn't sing like that either. No doubt she has big talent in musically; she can play an array of instruments (guitar, piano, harmonica, flute..) and knock out a decent tune, it's saddening to think we'll never have another Jagged Little Pill from the Canadian. Her songs all follow the same pattern, find a guy, sleep with him, slag him off and play a good guitar riff at the same time, but the sparkle has gone. Instead of You Oughta Know, we now have A Man. Doesn't sound impressive, and isn't really. Her latest album, So-Called Chaos was released in the UK yesterday, and this could guarantee Alanis another pop at the music industry. With age brings Alanis to sing of more mudane matters, suchas breaking free from an office. But her raw talent is always there, and it breaks through.
Ahh... Re-discovering Alanis Morrisette. The child-star from Canada apparantly only 16 years old when she wrote 'Jagged Little Pill and but 19 when she wrote 'Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie'. Which I guess explains all the moaning and teenage angst..haha! probably why I used to luv it so much then. I got my hands on 'Jagged little Pill' again a few days ago because I heard 'Ironic' playing somewhere and was reminded that my origanal copy of the album had dissapeared long long ago. It was the year of 1995 when I discovered the emotional singing of Alanis, The song I remembered was not 'Ironic' which is probably the most well known Alanis song but 'You Oughta know' (and 'Right Through You') , and listening to this album again after a long -very- long time it still sounds good, but not as good as it used to. Don't get me wrong I like her music but I've got to be in the right mood to listen to it, 'Jagged Little Pill' is very easy-listening kinda music the singing and lyrics are what makes it good and you won't find any loud noisy guitars etc in it if thats your preferance. Good for somethin to whine along to in your moments of boredom when you don't want any fast-paced noise and scary screaming...though she does wibble on a bit. 'Jagged Little pill is the best album she has done (my fave one anyway) heres some of the good bitsoff in my opinion her best album (jagged little pill..).. Track 1 - All I Really Want - starts of with strange kinda harmonica music this is a great one for the lyrics, its a sing-along-song gets me every time haha. " Do I stress you out? / my sweaters on backwards an inside out / and you say how appropriate..." "do i wear you out? / you must wonder why I'm relentless and all strung out / I'm consumed by the chill of solitary..." "why are are you so petr
ified of silence? / here can you handle this? / /did you think about your bills?, your ex?, your dead-lines?, or when you think your gonna die? / or did you long for the next distraction?..." this bit is good after "here can you handle this?" theres just a bit of silence no music, no nothing, then it kicks in again..it's good. track 2. - You Oughta Know - oooooooh... it's the 'I hate my ex' song..so much hate and resentment in this one..great for anyone whos still got some nasty bitter feelings left over for someone. You can really feel the bitterness in her voice as she sings this. "I want you to know / that I'm happy for you / I wish nothing but the best for you both... / Another version of me / is she perverted like me?..." "and every time you speak her name does she know how you told me you'd hold me untill you die? / untill you die / but you're still alive.." "It was a slap in the face / how quickly I was replaced /...and are you thinking of me when you f**k her?..." It starts rather quiet then gets louder and angrier but doesn't quite resort to screaming. Track 4 - Hand in My Pocket - This one's got some great lyrics to it and a much more 'happy-bouncy' pace than the song before. "I'm broke but I'm happy / I'm poor but I'm kind/ I'm short but I'm healthy/ I'm high but I'm grounded/ I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed/ and what it all comes down to is everythings gonna be fine fine fine.." "I feel drunk but im sober / I'm young an I'm underpayed/ I'm tired but I'm working / yeah / I care but I'm restless/ I'm here but I'm really gone/ I'm wrong and I'm sorry baby..." "I'm free but I'm focused / I'm green but I'm wise / I'm hard but I
'm friendly baby / I'm sad but I'm laughing / I'm brave but I'm chicken shit / I'm sick but I'm pretty baby.. / and what it all boils down to is that no-one's really got it figured out just yet.." Track five - Right Through You - Yep...yet another nice bitter little song.. "You took me for a joke / you took me for a child / you took a long hard look at my ass and then played golf for a while..." " you pat me on the head / you took me out to wine dine 69 me and didn't hear a damn word I said / I see right through you / I know right through you / I feel right through you / I walk right through you..." Track 6. -Forgiven - It begins very slowly and the music creeps in to join Alanis singing..it's got that eriee haunting quality about it..then the pace picks up a little when you reach the 'chourus-bit' which changes slightly. Its got high pitch 'singy bits' in as have most of her songs..but hey -its very effective. "we all had our reasons to be there / we all had a thing or two / to learn / we all needed something to cling to / so we did /what i learned i rejected / but i believe again..." "we all had dillusions in our heads / we all had our minds made up for us / we had to believe in something / so we did..." Track 7 - You Learn - Alanis singing about the joys of life experience. "Swallow it down / just a jagged little pill.." "I reccomend biting off more than you can chew / to anyone / I certainly do / I recommend sticking your foot in your mouth at anytime/ feel free.." "You live you learn / you love you learn/ you cry you learn / you lose you learn / you bleed you learn / you scream you learn.." Track 9 - Mary Jane - This ones got a nice beat to it. Another so
rrow-full little song. " What's that matter Mary jane? / had a hard day / place the don't disturb sign on the door / you lost your place in line again / what a pity / never seem to wanna dance anymore / it's a long way down on this rollercoaster.." Track 10 - Ironic - Now I have to put this in because you've probably heard it somewhere, it's probably the most played Alanis Morrisette song, if not then it's just following me around .. "An old man / turned 98 / won the lottery / died the next day.." "Mr. play-it-safe was afraid to fly / packed his suitcase / kissed his kids goodbye / and as they plane crashed down / he said well isn't this nice ? ..." Ho-Hum.. the irony of life. Track 11 - Not The Doctor - Song examining a 'dependant' relationship. With the wonderful line.. " I don't wanna be the sweeper of the egg-shells that you walk upon / I don't wanna be your other half / I believe that one and one make / two.." "I don't wanna be responsible for your fractured heart / and its wounded beat / I don't wanna be a substitute for the smoke you've been inhaling / what do you thank me / what do you thank me for ? ..." *nice* Track 12 - Wake Up - Bit louder and faster with good music for the background. " You like snow but only if it's warm / you like rain but only if it's dry.." "It's easy not to / so much easier not to / and what goes around never comes around to you.." Track 13 -You Oughta know- "I want you to know / that I'm happy for you / I wish nothing but the best for you both... / Another version of me / is she perverted like me?..." "and every time you speak her name does she know how you told me you
39;d hold me untill you die? / untill you die / but you're still alive.." "It was a slap in the face / how quickly I was replaced /...and are you thinking of me when you f**k her?..." I know I know but it's a good excuse to show you those lyrics again... This versions is so much better, theres much more feeling in her singing..lots more anger and agony. Well now life after 'Jagged Little Pill' ...It began 1998, 3 years after the release of her first album the next album to arrive was 'Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie'. This albums got 17 tracks, The songs on this one are loud and punchy,and more 'polished'. They're still pretty catchy tunes and it's a little more 'mainstream'. Nowhere near the same as Jagged Little Pill..maybe I just grew out of her music by the time this came out though. Again she sings out her emotions from the quiet, to the hopeful, to disgust and contempt. It's like poetry or writing..sort of using singing as therapy to work through her feelings. She still manages some good lyrics here and there. Track 13 -Unsent- Is in 'letter' form to ex-boyfriends , in this she deals with feelings towards old relationships. Very well done song. Theres some good songs on this one too but I won't bore you by going through them all again.. After this came out 'Under Rug Swept' written and produced by Alanis herself. It's more mature than the previous albums but is still the same stlye..another album full of bad feeling and bad relationships and bottled up emotion. - So Unsexy - "I feel so ugly.." the sound of of Alanis drowing in self-pity this one. But the real good one has to be.. - Narcissus - Excellent. More music to it than you'd normally expect, with echoy guitars and a heavy bass line, and it works well. The singing is more like talking but the choru
s is the killer.. "You go back / To the women to the women who will dance the dance / You go back / To your friends who will lick your ass " But she does seem to finally recognise and acknowledge her own fault here 'wanting guys like this in the first place' and trying to change them into what they're not, which is good to hear! I love Morrissette music for the lyric's , she does come out with some good ones. Which have got her branded as being a bit of a man-hater by some. To sum up she has produced some great albums to have hanging around in your collection, with lots of good singing and songs that provoke many emotions sung with a real passion and intensity. (Not for when your in a happy bouncy mood) She's not to everybodys taste and I guess it's really all about whether or not you can empathise with the woman and relate to what she's singing about. Alanis has a distinctive style to her work..intelligent more thoughful music, all be it packed full of hate, venom, and self-pity, with the occassional cautious burst of hope and optimism here and there. It's honest and full of feeling..also like taking a tour around someone elses head and seeing all their 'hang-ups' and comparing them to you own. A great artist, when your in the right mood to be a bit reflective and thoughtful. I'd recommend anyone give her music a go. Thanks for reading.
Alanis Morissette is, I am happy to admit, my favourite solo performer. But that is not saying much these days. Let me put it this way. I'd rather listen to Jagged Little Pill or Under Rug Swept then, say, The White Album, but that is not to say I dislike the Beatles. On the contrary. Alanis is a fine songwriter. As a poet, she is second to none these days. Unfortunately, the accompaniments to her poetry don't often come across. Jagged Little Pill with its rock sound did, but the more artificial sounds in Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie put a lot of people off. In a live, acoustic environment, Alanis really shines. Her music works so well, and I'm still dying to get a ticket to a concert. The lyrics in the tracks in SFIJ, especially to songs like The Couch and UR are incredible. It is certainly not lyrics that put people off that album, and I'm sorry they have been put off because she is a very talented performer. I'd recommend anyone go out and give Alanis a try. Especially with Jagged Little Pill to start with... Her MTV Unplugged CD is also a quality recording of the highest caliber. Alanis shot to fame in the mid-nineties after some unsuccesful canada-only releases in a pop style. She sold millions of CD's and rose to popularity very very fast. This was bound to put a lot of pressure on her. It is, therefore, unsurprising that her second big studio album, which arrived two years after her original release, would be less accepted. Her state of dress in the video for the first single from Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie didn't help. Many considered this a publicity stunt for the album, to make up for its poor quality. If that was the case, Robbie Williams should be accused of the same but worse. Skeletal naked in the video for Rock DJ and Naked on the sleeve of the album with that song equals maximum sales? Alanis therefore had a lot to recover from. She recorded what
would have been a stunning album if the accompaniment had been better, but did not get the credit she deserved for it. In fact, Unsent, UR, So Pure, The Couch and Polyanna Flower (a B-Side on the Thank U single) rank high on my favourite Alanis songs list, above many from Jagged Little Pill, and indeed Univited, another Thank U B-Side, tops that list. Her performance in Dogma was funny as hell (no pun intended!) She did as well in that role, even though she only had five minutes on screen, as she has done in her musical career. She just generally seems to be a good sport, a quality not seen often in Musical Performers these days. Would you see Madonna in a Kevin Smith film? I highly doubt it. She's far more likely to be moving around seductively showing her muscles in the music video tie-in to an Austin Powers movie. Her communication with fans also makes me an Alanis fan. She regularly interacts via her website, posting thoughts, lyrics and if you're lucky, the occasional demo track. The real challenge with Alanis, like many other rock artists, is to find the rare tracks recorded at concerts or unreleased demos. Many of her best tracks are B-Sides. Her Dogma track, Still, was never on one of her albums, nor was the City of Angels accompaniment, Uninvited, which only ever appeared on a Thank U B-Side as a demo. It is this that seems she is less interested in the tie-in single and more in the right song for the right movie mentality. She is an intelligent songwriter and well worth the time to listen to. Here are a few of my favourite tracks, if the chance ever comes for you to hear them: 1. Uninvited (City of Angels Soundtrack) 2. Still (Dogma Soundtrack) 3. Perfect (Jagged Little Pill) 4. A Man (Under Rug Swept) 5. The Couch (Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie)
There seems to be a common factor to all Alanis Morrisette fans, and that factor is the age seventeen. When her first album came out me and my female friends (all aged 17) raved about it, cranked that volume up and shouted along, getting rid of all our anger at the Other Species. But the thing is, this nasty angst phase of your life wears off. For that one year, Alanis encapsulated everything we want to say. Then suddenly, we all hit eighteen and it was like, my God, stop whineing! I don't think I've listened to any of her stuff since my 18th birthday - and her second album, what was that about? It's odd really that she should appeal to girls at that particularly vulnerable age, when she must be in her 30s herself and frankly, ought to know better.
No! She may be angsty occasionally, which seems to be the most common accusation landed against Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, but it was even more evident in Jagged Little Pill! The only difference is the greater variety of music used on SFIJ than that on JLP. Jagged Little Pill was almost a rocky album, but it still had the lyrics of pain, abuse and abandonment. If anything, she is more sensible, mature and adult in Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Listen to what she's saying, if you're going to judge her music. The character she presents is more confident, more satisfied, and is dealing with her problems now. Plus she's doing it to some much more laid back tunes. With the argument out of the way? You may have gathered from my first two paragraphs that there is quite a bit of debate and mud slinging to do with Alanis Morissette. Sad but true. She has had two albums chart over here. The first. Jagged Little Pill, is more towards the rock end of indie, with plenty of guitar music and tales of frankly quite brassed off people. Ironic, the song we love to hate, is pretty much the exception rather than the rule. The second, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, is a little calmer. There are some odd tunes, and songs that span her whole range of human emotion. I'm not saying she is a classic artist or that her music is the most important thing in my life, because let's be honest here, it's not. But it's nice to listen to, and it can set you thinking every now and again. What more do you really need?
Initially, I quite liked Alanis Morissette. Her singing voice is unique, and cerainly very accomplished, and her songs are pretty catchy. But upon releasing the dire song ‘Ironic’, my mind was changed. I went from slight supporter to avid disliker, and started noticing the facts that the music is formulaic and unoriginal, and the lyrics are uninspiring and, like the music, far too formulaic to warrant more than very mild praise. It isn’t ironic when it rains on your wedding day, either! She’s got a good voice, and she can bang out a few chords on the guitar, but that’s about it.
Okay, so she sold 2 billion copies of her first CD because it was bloody good, her second CD was one of the worst CDs ever made and she bears an uncanny resemblance to Shergar but has the world had it's fill of Alanis? I must say I was sceptical about buying the MTV Unplugged CD but i'm glad I did because this setting seems to suit Alanis more than the contrived studio setting. It was pretty likely that the follow up to Jagged Little Pill would be a disappointment in relative terms but I wasn't prepared for how much of a disappointment. For a start, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie is a stupid name and far too long and who cares what it means. Secondly, the CD itself is far too long as any non-compilation album of over 70 minutes sets the quality control alarm bells ringing for me. This CD is more stodgy than a soggy loaf of Hovis and it sounds so painfully contrived, like it was really hard work. None of the songs stand out and making a video with no clothes on was a bit of a weak and desperate way to court publicity. Seems funny to me that the MTV CD appeared so soon after SFIJ. Does this sort of tell you that a damage limitation exercise was in place here? I don't think it worked too well although it rekindled my interest momentarily. Not that i'll be hurrying out to buy her next effort. There's only so much high pitched whinging I can take and my advice to Alanis is stop being so bloody miserable and get a new job. Or better still, bugger off and spend all your money but please...don't make another appalling CD. Otherwise credibility will not be a word you'd associate with Alanis Morisette. If you don't own Jagged Little Pill then buy it. But stay clear of the Junkie - one overdose too many!
ive just read a review by someone who compared alanis to celine dion. yes, celine dion is big pants, but alanis morisette CAN sing and she HAS talent. this album is pretty damn cool. i bought it because i liked the singles, but some of the album tracks are even better. i think you have to like her singles, because it can be a bit samey in places. saying that, she kicks alot more ass than more recent female artists..kelis is simular i guess but even 'caught out there' with its shouty i-hate-life vocals doesn't come close to alanis morisette's sound. its a good classic soft rock album to have lying around for when you feel a bit p*ssed off about the world. there were no surprises in this album, which was a bit dissapointing. i expected something more varied, but i suppose shes stuck to what she knows..angry lyrics and even angrier singing. if you like nirvana, skunk anansie or just girls who have something more to say than 'spice up your life' than get this.
Look - I heard "Jagged Little Pill" and I was just blown away. Here was somebody who could really get angry and be interesting with it. Then it all went wrong with the overblown rant which was "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie". Sure it has its moments - I loved "Thank U" and had a sneaking regard for "The Couch" - but does she really have to moan quite so much. Nobody ever said life was going to be easy. Sometimes it's bloody tough, but we all have our crosses to bear. Get over it Alanis.
Alanis Morissette is quite possibly one of the best artists of all time, yes an artist. Her music is good, and direct, her voice, divine! The only problem is that some of her songs are not entirely, well, good. In 'Ironic' none of the lyrics apart from one verse are actually ironic, and I'm sure that once verse was a mistake. 'Hand in my pocket' features, well, her hand in her pocket while the other one is doing a variety of amusing things, including maker balloon animals and shadows. No, not really. At the end of the day though, the video for 'Thank U' remains one of the strangest I've seen in a while.