Alanis Morissette


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She’s been a pop star since her teens (Canada’s answer to Debbie Gibson/Tiffany, by all accounts), but it wasn’t until Alanis Morissette grew up and began writing songs of jealousy and revenge that the world sat up and listened. Jagged Little Pill was released 17 years ago and, like any album that would go on to sell more than 30 million copies, has proved to be something of a millstone around the neck. Morissette released subsequent albums that categorised her as relentlessly self-analytical

and occasionally strident, while her Buddhism, veganism and proactive environmentalism would become targets for the well-aimed sneer. But forget the cynics – there is much to like here, not least her maturing reflections on marriage and motherhood and a newfound sense of melody, which sidelines clunking stridency in favour of snagging choruses.

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