Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill - Album Review

Jagged Little Pill
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Artist: Alanis Morissette
Genre: Alternative
Label: Rhino

There are many thirtysomething women whose introductions in 1995 to basic feminist truths were discovered via Jagged Little Pill.

Alanis Morissette may oversing on numerous songs here, but the emotional rubble she sifts through for meaningful nuggets has as much weight now as it did when the landmark record was first released.

It’s easy to understand why the album – reissued/remastered here in a four-disc collector’s edition, with previously unreleased demos, a live concert in London from 1995, and photos/essay – struck such a chord.

"I am frustrated by your apathy," she sings on the opening track, All I Really Want.


It sets the tone for what follows, which is an often thrilling sequence of melody held down by barbed-wire lyrics.

Tony Clayton-Lea

Tony Clayton-Lea

Tony Clayton-Lea is a contributor to The Irish Times specialising in popular culture