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"Jagged Little Pill"
© Maverick/Reprise Record
Year of Release: 199
All I Really Want
You Oughta Know
Hand In My Pocket
Right Through You
Head Over Feet
Not The Doctor
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"Jagged Little Pill"
One of the biggest albums of 1995-1996 was the major U.S. label debut of
Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill. Seeing it was number one for
12 weeks, so out of curiousity, it's obvious to hear this album, and see
what all the hype was all about. And after hearing this album, I can see
that this album is definitely worth checking out.
"You Oughta Know", "Hand In My Pocket" and "Ironic" are the
obvious recognizable tunes, as they received heavy radio and/or video airplay.
All of these songs are great tunes, no doubt.
"All I Really Want" has a somewhat psychedelic rock touch to it.
It is a strange song, as the vocal style keeps reminding me of such artists
as Snow and/or Ini Kamoze, where the vocals have a mixture of reggae and rap.
Or for those who are more familiar with rock, the Barenaked Ladies'
"white-rapping" in their hit, "One Week."
"Perfect" can easily be compared to Jewel. "Right Through You"
and "Forgiven" are great tunes that definitely has a late-1990s rock
style. Melissa Etheridge could easily pick up either one of these songs with
"You Learn" has a cool groove, and "Head Over Feet" is
another great 1990s rock song. These two are probably considered my
favorites from this album. The album slows down musically with another great
tune, "Mary Jane" and "Not The Doctor." The album closes with
another great medium-rocker, "Wake Up." But wait...
There is an extra track -- it's a reprise of "You Oughta Know."
And at the very end of the song, there is a long silence, and then an accapella
vocal by Alanis, all by herself, which is just beautiful. The combined reprise
of "You Oughta Know" and the accapella vocal clocks in at under 10 minutes.
Jagged Little Pill does give you a wake up call, where this album
does grab your attention. As each song is heard, the album keep getting better
and better. It's easy to see that this album rocks with the remaining crowd
of other rock artists. Is this album considered Rock or Alternative? In
either case, any of the songs would be easy to fit either format, but in my
opinion, it definitely is Rock. And for those who listen to this album once,
you will want to listen to it again. And as this happens, your opinion of
this album will be greater the more you listen to it.
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