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Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morissette  Composer Alanis Morissette  Main Performer

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1 All I Really Want Morissette/Ballard 4:44
2 You Oughta Know Ballard/Morissette 4:09
3 Perfect Morissette/Ballard 3:07
4 Hand in My Pocket Ballard/Morissette 3:41
5 Right Through You Ballard/Morissette 2:55
6 Forgiven Ballard/Morissette 5:00
7 You Learn Morissette/Ballard 3:59
8 Head Over Feet Ballard/Morissette 4:27
9 Mary Jane Ballard/Morissette 4:40
10 Ironic Morissette/Ballard 3:49
11 Not the Doctor Morissette/Ballard 3:47
12 Wake Up Morissette/Ballard 4:53
13 You Oughta Know [Alternate Take] Ballard/Morissette 8:12
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Jagged Little Pill

Audio Compact Disc

Label: Maverick/Reprise

Jagged Little Pill

UPC: 093624590125

Release Date: 06/13/1995

Original Release Date: 06/13/1995

Number of Discs: 1

Tracks: [All I Really Want, You Oughta Know, Perfect, Hand in My Pocket, Right Through You, Forgiven, You Learn, Head Over Feet, Mary Jane, Ironic, Not the Doctor, Wake Up, You Oughta Know [Alternate Take]]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi