Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

2009-03-10 14:56
 
Jagged Little Pill
 

She's smart, lyrically gifted AND she's a chick who can play the instrument revered by men and boys everywhere. The Guitar. Plus she gets even bigger kudos because she did what few women musicians had the guts to do. Cover Sting. Hell, if it wasn't for the fact that she has faded into virtual anonymity recently, I'd still be wearing my "Alanis – I Love You" T-shirt.

When she came to South Africa I was in the golden circle singing along. Just like any other female fan "[w]e all had our reasons to be there". Two guys standing beside me were bemused and maybe even faintly in awe that everywhere they turned some woman was belting out an anthem off Jagged Little Pill. Poor Alanis barely got a word in edgewise. I was hoarse for days.

"What it all comes down to" is that for every male fan of U2, Sting, Gary Moore, or The Cranberries, there is an equally avid female fan. Thanks to Jagged Liitle Pill women who love guitar riffs, rock music and intelligent lyrics could come out of the proverbial closet. Finally girls, chicks, mothers listening furtively to their husband, boyfriend or brother's rock music found a voice. Alanis hit that elusive musical g-spot.

Jagged Little Pill is timeless despite the fact that the album emerged at the end of the grunge years. Kurt had been dead for a year already underscoring how limiting a cocktail of depression, drugs and genius can be. In stark contrast, Alanis' rock revealed an inner resilience that was the key to the success of classic songs like "Hand In My Pocket" and "Ironic". Life as Alanis sings "has a funny way of sneaking up on you…and life has a funny way of helping you out". "And what it all comes down to is that everything will be fine fine fine". That's enough for me. That's enough for most people.

Whether you're coming of age or all grown up and a bit jaded her songs of love, anger, revenge and respecting yourself still speak volumes. What makes Alanis cool is that despite the fact that girls dig her, guys respect her too. She's the rock chick with a sweet voice and lyrics that crack like a whip. So the next time you're going for a cruise and your boyfriend or husband asks you what you'd like to hear, just slap Jagged Little Pill into the shuttle and "You outta know" it will go down well.


I never understood Janice Joplin's self destructive bent, Sheryl Crow was too girly, and even Tori Amos became whiny after a while. But I so get Alanis.

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Adri 2009/03/10 3:33 PM
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I was so "not" an Alanis fan, untill I saw her concert when she came to SA. I was stunned!...she's an amazing musician. Love her way of saying things.
Colony... 2009/03/10 10:42 PM
Yup, I remember that concert. The Sting cover was a big surprise -- not only because she made it her own, but because most people (except for die hard Police fans) wouldn't even have heard this dark little gem. The use of acoustic guitar, instead of the piano, in her version was so apt for its time. The unplugged version also had it going on. Boy or girl, pianos, guitars or turntables; musicianship can't be beat, you dig?
Tony 2009/03/11 9:28 AM
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Alanis is an incredible artist - I've been a fan since the beginning, Jagged Little Pill started it all off and even though there haven't been many lately, I've got all her albums. Definite soul food listening to her stuff - I even heard one of her latest songs (Not As We from Flavors of Entanglement) playing at the gym as a dance remix version! This male fan agrees with the article and the comments!
Yolande 2009/03/11 10:15 AM
And best of all...she's back!!! Didn't you know? You can get your t-shirt out again. Her "Flavours of Entanglement" blew me away recently and she STILL has the amazing ability to voice my inner angst, turmoil, peace ... , better than pretty much anything out there. I was a teenager when Jagged Little Pill came out and she has now moved on with me and is STILL RELEVANT to what I am going through a decade on. What can I say, I am a big fan!
Nicky 2009/03/11 1:18 PM
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You oughta know, became an anthem to all women scorned.....and yes we all had our reasons to be here, we all had a thing or two to learn.... Alanis you ROCK, and Jagged Little Pill, remain definitely one of the best Albums in my CD collection.
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