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Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morissette

1995

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5

Let's get one thing out of the way: this album is DATED. The mixing, the songwriting, the instrumentation ... everything about this album firmly plants it in a specific time frame. Usually, that's a bad thing when the time frame is mid-90s. Somehow (and I'm not sure how, honestly), "Jagged Little Pill" manages to be both a perfect example of an album from '95 AND a great album. There are things that I don't like ... but not enough for me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are too many great tracks. It demands a 5-star review.

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Men on this list when they're broken up with: "The clouds in my heart shed cumulus tears / the pain won't mend for a matter of years" Women on this list when they're broken up with: "Does your new bitch even let you bust in her mouth?" Fuckin' A, Alanis. It's definitely one of the more dated sounding records the generator's handed out so far, but that didn't stop me from digging Neneh Cherry, and it doesn't stop me here. Nix some of the softer filler tracks and you have a real banger on your hands. Key tracks: All I Really Want, You Oughta Know, Right Through You

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5

It's a noteworthy accomplishment for Alanis to represent such emotional and dark themes through an up-beat, mainstream pop driven instrumentation. The album is a collective statement and fierce representation of her artistry within the rock genre. There is no doubt that Alanis is one of the most unique and distinctive singer-songwriters in modern music history, which this album solidified. Stand-Outs: All I Really Want, Perfect (understated song), Head Over Feet, Ironic, You Oughta Know

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5

God has spoken.

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4

I didn't grow up in the 90s but this is what I imagine it sounded like.

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What is worse than something that is just bad? Something that almost is good sometimes, and then spoils it with more badness. Almost a 1, but "forgiven" and the really fantastic bass part on the otherwise blegh "you oughta know" saved it

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5

my favourite album ever

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5

5/28 Raw, emotional, mature. Standout Tracks: All I Really Want, Perfect, Forgiven, You Learn, Head Over Feet, Not the Doctor, Wake Up, You Oughta Know (Jimmy the Saint) / Your House

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5

Ridiculously good alt rock album even though it is definitely something that could have only come out in the 90s. Experimental enough to make me question how this album became so popular in the first place

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5

Five stars isn't enough.

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5

One of, if not THE first CDs I ever owned. I remember my dad being pissed that my mom let me listen to it. Def would’ve been a Lilith fair attendee

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5

I've been meaning to listen to this for a while, and it turns out that about half of it are some of the most played radio hits of my childhood. All those songs are fantastic, and the deep cuts are good too.

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5

Flea and dave Navarro on “you oughta know”

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5

amazing album. played on repeat for a few months during college

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5

Still so good. Nothing but cuts.

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5

+ Hand in My Pocket + You Oughta Know + You Learn + Head Over Feet + Ironic

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5

Yes, she's angsty. But it's great writing, passionate songs. Really diverse and a great listen. I have to let my OCD relax listening to Ironic given that nearly all of her examples aren't really irony. Oi vey.

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5

Oh 1995. That was 25 years ago and Alanis Morissette still sounds as original, as witty and as endearing as ever. The writing is frustrated without being angry, full of the gorgeous Gen X slacker irony (get it?) that has lost its way in the post internet days. While some may balk at Alanis' voice, the lyrics beneath it are so intricate and cutting that you can't help but sing along. There's pain, but there's triumph. Like "Hand in my Pocket" there's contradictions, there's a feeling of being stuck in the middle. Of feeling out of place. But then there's these moments of sweetness like on "Head over feet" full of the confused feeling that new love brings. Emotions are complicated, we're complicated and yet this album evokes that sentiment perfectly. Isn't that Ironic?

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5

This middle finger to the patriarchy is just perfect. It's fun to give this a good listen as an adult with adult feelings. I felt the emotions of the album as a 12 year old but I understand the lyrics better as an adult.

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5

Really great album all around. Strong and well known albums all throughout. 10/10.

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5

crazy to go from Green Eyes on Mama's Gun to All I Really Want. I'm hooked immediately. Her rage just drips from every single note and vocal stab. Loads of different layers. It feels beat up and triumphant at the same time. Head Over Feet, You Outta Know, Ironic? All on the same album?

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5

100/100 1 million / 5 God I fucking love this album so much lol. I can sing along to pretty much every song. No skips. Nostalgia. Feelings. Telling men theyre garbage. It’s all so. perfect.

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5

Amazing album. Should devolve into meaningless trite but as good as it was 25 years ago.

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5

maybe 4.5 but instantly re-listened , mix of rocky, angry and poppy tunes. loved it.

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5

I will always love this album, it will always take me back to emotional high school days. I'd blast this album and take long drives and sing at the top of my lungs

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5

It's honestly a crime how long it's been since I listened to You Oughta Know. That song is incredible and the beginning of the album matches it. With songs that are an emotional TRIP, rocking instrumentation, and powerful lyrics, this is certainly one of my favorite albums I've heard so far. Overall, I think the harmonica solos are a negative (especially on Head over Feet) but at least they're unique. This album also sounds a lot like Dear Evan Hansen (or I guess more correctly DEH was probably inspired by Alanis Morissette). That's to say that it's really dramatic and I love it. Morissette also sounds like Idina Menzel at times which is also pretty cool and I see why this was turned into a musical. Favorite Songs: All I Really Want, You Oughta Know, Hand in My Pocket, Forgiven, Ironic, Not the Doctor Least Favorite Song: Head over Feet Decent 9/10

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5

Easy 5 for me.

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5

Honestly this shit fucking bangs. Lot of sneaky hits in this one that I liked more and more as I listened multiple times. A surprising 5 but a 5 nonetheless Saved: All I Really Want, You Oughta Know, Ironic*

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5

Muy bien Alanis!

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5

That album with the one song.

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5

Very good

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5

The pedantic complaining about “Ironic” is *literally* the most annoying thing in the universe. You know what she meant. Everyone talks about this album being really bitter, but it’s actually the upbeat songs that are standout for me. Favourite track: “Head over Feet” is kinda the perfect love song.

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5

Nostalgia maybe but love this album

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5

No wasted tracks on this album. I knew most of the singles (6!) as a teen but never listened to the full album. Great stuff - catchy, edgy, angsty, varied.

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5

I was worried going into this album that this was just gonna be another album that has a strong female vocalist with a piano. Within the first minute, my expectations were subverted. Alanis' voice matches the chaos of 90's alternative rock and the angst that comes with it. Highlights: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10.

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5

One of my favorite albums ever

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5

Quintessential 90's - enjoyed all songs except for last track.

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5

muito bom, melhor do que eu esperava

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5

Love this album

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5

Another best! Quirky cool Alinis never disappoints

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5

Classic

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5

Such a great album. When this album came out I was obsessed with Alanis Morissette. The mid-to-late 90s belonged to her. Every song on this album may not be perfect (only one is actually) but it is SO good and it just brings back so many memories...it is a solid 5/5 for me. Standouts: You Oughtta Know, Perfect, Hand in My Pocket, You Learn, Ironic, Right Through You, Head Over Feet. And in case you are wondering the one perfect song, is "Perfect". But You Oughtta Know that right?

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5

Buen disco con muchos éxitos.

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5

Didn't even have to listen to know this is a 5 for me (but I listened anyway.)

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5

Holds up like yesterday. Forgot how many singles were on this album.

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5

5/5 - Iconic release

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5

The universe is fucking with me at this point. A whole album about losing someone you love to another woman. Cheers.

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5

Consider how unlikely it was that this album ever existed: After recording a couple of successful Canadian teen dance/pop records Alanis Morissette gets dropped from her label. Then at age 21 comes back to deliver 12 powerful, unflinching, passionate, honest, deep, dramatic personal songs with a range and depth most people couldn’t express in a lifetime. This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime creations that sits at the top of the pile of my favorite albums. I don’t have a favorite song. Instead, how about some favorite moments… “Why are you so petrified of silence? Here, can you handle this?” - All I Really Want. “Every time I scratch my nails down someone else’s back I hope you feel it” - You Oughta Know (toxic males: please note how angry one can be without resorting to firearms). “We’ll love you just the way you are, if you’re perfect” - Perfect. “And what it all comes down to is that everything’s gonna be quite alright” - Hand in My Pocket. “You took me out to wine-dine-sixty-nine me, But didn’t hear a damn word I said” - Right Through You. “My brothers they never went blind for what they did but I may as well have” - Forgiven. “I recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone” - You Learn. “You treat me like I’m a Princess, I’m not used to liking that, You ask how my day was” - Head Over Feet. “‘Cause all that matters, Mary Jane, is your freedom, So keep warm my dear, keep dry, Tell me what’s the matter Mary Jane?” - Mary Jane. “Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out” - Ironic. “I don’t want to be the sweeper of the eggshells that you walk upon and I don’t wanna be your other half, I believe that one and one make two” - Not The Doctor. “We’ll there’s an apprehensive naked little trembling boy with his head in his hands, and there’s an underestimated and impatient little girl raising her hand” - Wake Up. “So forgive me, love, If I cry in your shower, So forgive me love, For the salt in your bed” - Your House

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5

What were you doing when you were 21? This woman was recording a masterpiece. Incredible.

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I have been a fan of this album since its release and I still am!

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Wait, she was 20 when she co-wrote and recorded this? Whoa. It's a nearly perfect album, and yet another one I've never listened to as such. This is why I'm here. I don't need to go on about the perfection of the six singles that came from this album. They speak for themselves. But in the context of an hour of listening it's all the more amazing how they go together with each other and the rest of the songs. "Perfect" will make you gulp (at the least!) if you're the parent of a teenager. I like that there's a raw edge to the singing in this one. "Right Through You" is so timely. Why didn't we talk about this more in 1995? You could make a two line poem from "You took a long, hard look at my ass/And then played golf for a while." That says all you need to know. "Your shake is like a fish/You pat me on the head" Ew. Ew. Ew. So happy she gets revenge. "Forgiven" is a powerful, emotional real song that goes so well with "Perfect." That anguished adolescent struggle to figure out how to reconcile who you feel you are, who you want to be, with who you are told you are supposed to be. Which is all the more terrifying for those who are threatened with eternal damnation for getting it wrong. "Mary Jane" was the one non-single that most grabbed my attention the most while listening through the album the first time. I've known a number of Mary Janes in my life and this brought them to mind vividly. "Not the Doctor" seems to be a good sequel and prescription to Mary Jane. "Wake Up" is a lovely end to the original album. Special bonus for the special bonus a cappella track "Your House." Scoring these albums has been tricky. I think about balancing the quality of singing, the backing music (interesting instrumentation played well), the songwriting and lyrics, the collection and progression of songs as an album, whether it's got a good beat and I can dance to it, and so on. Rating this album is easy, 'cause yes.

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5

Love!

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5

Catchy, emotionally charged, sonically fun and somewhat experimental for its time. While this isn't a frequented genre for me, I think this is peak 90s pop/rock that has aged pretty well.

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5

Raw. An incredibly performed record. No notes. Favorite tracks: "Mary Jane", "Ironic", "All I Really Want", "Hand In My Pocket"

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5

It seems to me this was a much more influential and groundbreaking album then it gets credit for. I remember see her the first time on SNL and being taken aback. I think this is a great album.

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5

i have always loved this album. you oughta know is just BOMB. new appreciation for forgiven.

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5

Oh yes, a quintessential 90s classic. A fantastic listen from start to finish, with good songs throughout and massive hits inbetween.

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5

Fantastic bit of nostalgia. There is not a bad track on this - excellent lyrics and great music (albeit dated firmly in the 90s) Five stars well earned. Oooh, but does she actually understand the meaning of "ironic"? Who cares!

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5

I think this still holds up well. A few lines are a bit clunky but that was probably always part of the appeal anyway - Alanis laying her individuality and attitude out there, no effs given. And there are some cracking 90s alt-rock tunes to boot. 4.5, but I'll round up. It's what my sister would want. Also, I've just found out Flea features on this record. Every day's a school day.

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5

Me and Kate joke that this is the greatest album ever written.....but it's not entirely a joke, this angsty album is full of tunes that feel very nostalgic now, sound of 90s. Alanis has an interesting voice and the production on this album puts the vocals right in your face. There's also some interesting guitar parts and vocal melodies throughout

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5

Amazing album. Her vocals are incredible on this and the emotions are palpable.

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5

The very first one. Duh!

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: )

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5

This one goes up on my list 😘

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5

Isn't it iconic

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5

A la, a la Alaniss!

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4

Main vocals are nasal and strident and demanding of attention. Many statements are imperatives, even the questions. Guitar sounds like a second voice with lots of power chords and progression. Unlike modern pop, complex melodic ideas that breathe on their own instead of simple ideas with complex harmonic interweaving. Rhythm slots around melody and harmony.

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4

Cracked me up that my first album was one I was already intimately familiar with

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4

i loved the album especially the lyrics i cried with mary jane, the production feels so fresh and balanced i think my favourite songs at first listen are mary jane, you learn and hand in my pocket

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4

This was full of attitude and I loved hearing some familiar songs. Excellent!!!!

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4

not really my thing but kind of an insane album regardless

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Hell yeah, this is a bop. Got all the hot tracks. Hot one after hot one, get at me.

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4

I really like Alsnis Morissette and this is definitely one of her greatest albums. Although she sings off key sometimes I still really love her energy and her lyrics.

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4

Great, fun album. My rating is however biased because I was already familiar with her music.

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4

I've listened to a bunch of songs off of this album over the last year, but I haven't listened to the whole thing in nearly 25 years. The first half of this album is full of great songs. Her voice is powerful, and despite the fact that it hits some sour notes from time to time, it kind of fits with the passion of the album 4/5

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4

I've listened to this album many times over the years, but it was fun to listen to the whole thing as an album. It holds up really well for the most part and brought back memories of first hearing it playing in my college bookstore!

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I listened to this one as a kid, lots of memories here, but it has never been a breakup album for me.

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4

Ganske krutt faktisk haha

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Iconic songs like Ironic. Raw, uplifting songs

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you know what? i really fuck with it. it's ironic how straightforward alanis is given her most famous song is called "ironic". ok i'm done. fav track: hand in my pocket

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I dig this. Her voice might not be for everyone but I think it does the 90s, young woman angst pretty well. Also more than half of this record is singles that were incredibly successful. The main focus is her lyrics but the playing on this record is nothing to slouch over either (Flea makes an appearance). Overall, solid 90s album. Favorite song: You Oughta Know Least favorite song: Not the Doctor

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4

Wow. Punched me right into the 90s. Fantastic album

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Listening back I am starting to see how it was turned into a musical, and I’d actually like to see it. Had some great flashbacks to when I was a kid in the 90’s and played this album a lot. Great portrait of the angsty 90’s pop rock and her voice comes through well on songs like “perfect”

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4

It's ironic how good this album is

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That was my first time listening to the entire album. I believe this was enough to finally erase Alanis’ pop songs from memory.

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Fav: You Oughta Know, Forgiven, Head Over Feet

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Man I forgot just what a giant this album is, so many hits. Her voice and style opened the doors for so many.

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One of my mom's favorites, grew up listening to this album

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4

Great album, definitely a classic from the 90s. Not a bad song on the album.

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4

good, but mostly for the singles

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4

Surprisingly OK

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4

better than i expected

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4

Stands up to the test of time for me. Very good songwriting.

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4

Been a while. Class 👌

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4

kevin malone covers you oughta know

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4

I liked this one quite a lot. I enjoyed the singing, the variety between songs and also the background music which usually sounded pretty simple superficially but still seemed to offer a lot of depth and variety between songs. Good album!

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Io c’ero quand’è uscito

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4

This album is a classic. Alanis manages to pack all of her greatest hits into one project, and even the most icons ones for the wrong reasons. A great blend of pop and alternative, with simple song themes of love and heartbreak. Favorite Song: You Oughta Know

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4

Such a fantastic album. Proof that anger makes excellent rock.

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4

pretty good i would give it a 4.5

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i actually liked the album, it's nice but not as much as i thought it'd be, but it's something more personal, it's not a bad album. This one's pretty good, such a nice production, good letters and that's it good, but not that much. My favorite ones are Forgiven and You Oughta Know. Nice album, liked it.

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I never liked female voices, and my 90s were all about grunge stuff mostly. However, I loved this album, hugely! It's fantastic. It's so out of my usual likes it always surprises anyone I confess to. You Oughta Know is one of the all time greatest pop songs, without question. I still love the album now, I haven't heard it in a while, this was a welcome reunion.

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4

All I Really Want - Very good You Oughta Know - Amazing Perfect - excellent Hand In My Pocket - good Right Through You - very good Forgiven - amazing You Learn - very good Head Over Feet - excellent Mary Jane - excellent Ironic - amazing Not the Doctor - very good Wake Up - very good 9/10

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4

loved "you oughta know" (Ofc), "hand in my pocket" OMFGGG this is such a good female empowerment album

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you oughta know and you learn are standouts

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4

Many songs recognizable from 90’s radio. Aged fairly well, background rock. 8.5/10

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Solid Record

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Damn, for some reason I wanted to not like this album. In spite of that I really enjoyed the hell of it. It really rocks in so many ways.

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Classic, good to hear again.

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Had heard some of the songs previously but ended up really enjoying the whole album. Love the angst and capture of the mid-90s

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4

I've heard a few Alanis Morissette songs in my life, and they're all on this album. It had like five hit singles apparently? That's kind of insane.

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4

A total classic, an enjoyable angsty album! Never listened to the whole thing through before.

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My sisters listened to this album on repeat for about 2 years during my teens. At the time I hated it, probably because of the amount I’d heard it at home but also on the radio. The fact that my sisters liked it probably added to it. As I’ve aged, I’ve mellowed to it and it’s now just nostalgia from my youth and I can appreciate the album more. Lots of catchy tunes, lots of angst lyrics

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4

Great to finally hear the whole album. The singles still hold up, I wasn’t as into all of the songs but it is still an iconic album

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Her best album and still one I can listen to every week and not get bored of.

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4

Loved Ironic, You Oughta Know, Forgiven, All I Really Want rest of album was still decent but other songs don't stand out as much.

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4

Wow the first CD I bought as a 10 year old. Happy to report my musical tastes have evolved significantly in the past 25 years, but this album still left a mark. I'll always remember trying to understand the lyrics and not knowing what to make of (that hasn't changed). On this listen, I was still impressed by Flea's bass on You Oughta Know and all those jangly guitar effects and 90s production tricks. Not all has aged well, but still something I'll come back to in 25 more years.

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4

This is such a great album. What more can be said, this is one of those albums that stands the test of time.

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4

Reminds me of the cranberries discography. Some hits, a pretty easy listen.

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I really wanted to hate this album and tell Alanis to get over herself, you’ve been dumped. It happens. Coupled with the incessant, whiny vocal style I was pre disposed to hating it. BUT... There are some good rock anthems here and she has a good set of pipes on her. Coupled with a good quantity of radio tracks, this album turned out to be really rather excellent.

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Played it to bits when it came out … But don’t really go back to it … 🤔 Some great songs and not even 20 from the heart lyrics and very immediate vocal performances … takes me back to a time and place in the soundtrack of my life

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4

One from my teens. Enjoyed listening to it again after 25 years. Some weak songs but the good ones are still good

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It's so fucking emotional and rich. Man, I fucking love her on the low. You oughta know man, She is just talking that fucking shit and I love it. Add in hands in my pocket and Ironic. Super solid album. Just emotions on full display with no covering it. AAAAHHHH fucking love it.

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4

the album as a whole is pretty good pop music but "You Oughta Know" carries it hard

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4

A guilty pleasure. A brazen voice of 1990s.

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4

Raw and powerful vocals overlaying catchy alt rock melodies. Production value is among one of the best of the era. Morissette would play a pivotal role in female representation in pop music to come, inspiring dozens of female musicians such as Katy Perry, Pink, and Shakira. I absolutely love the raw emotion and mood shifts that Morissette uses to reach the audience beyond the lyrics. Favorite tracks are You Oughtta Know, Hand in My Pocket, and Forgiven.

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Oke een album met gewoon keiveel wijvenschijven, dat kan niet anders dan goed zijn.

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Isn't it Iconic?

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Took me back in time and I forgot just how many catchy hooks were on there. Also some irritating vocalization, but definitely a good bit of nostalgia and good to hear a strong female voice!

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4

I grew up loving her voice and this album!

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4

An excellent listen ! 4*

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monkas

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Always loved this album

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4

Mid 90's production abound but you can't fault the strength of these songs or the influence this album had on other female singer songwriters mining that angst. Best Tracks: All I Really Want; You Oughta Know; Ironic

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4

I’m not too sure why I hadn’t heard this whole album before. It’s probably because I’ve heard about half the songs a million times over 25 years so I figured I’d heard the best of it. All the songs on here are jams though.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: You oughta know, Forgiven, Ironic

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4

Actually genuinely good. Never heard any of the not hits on this and I like them.

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4

Everyone knows this album, and has a favorite song off of it. Radio airplay was much better than I thought, and there are so many slappers packed in to this one album. Good job Alanis

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4

Great album. I listened to this a lot when it first came out. 4 stars.

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4

The girl version of Alan Morris

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I feel like Thursdays are turning into the emotionally devastated days, this is a superb album

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4

Pure distilled early 90s

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Alanis Morissette gives the post-break-up singer-songwriter confessional album a new and decisively 90's overhaul in a post-grunge, post-riot grrrl world. It's bitter, jaded and cynical pop-rock, meaning that her best lyrics are the most conversational and cutting, the lines which drip with sarcasm. The first moment of genius comes in the second verse of "All I Really Want", when she asks "why are you so petrified of silence- can you handle this?" And then everything cuts to a few seconds of dead silence... before the voice comes back in- "Did you think about your bills, your ex, your deadlines, or when you think you're gonna die, or did you long for the next distraction?" It's glorious. She sells her anger perfectly and convincingly throughout: "You Oughta Know", "You Learn" and of course "Ironic" glow with a perfect combination of visceral rage, lyrical insight and radio-friendly rock. On the other side of the spectrum are the more optimistic, plaintive "Hand in My Pocket" and "Head Over Feet", sticking out like sore and lovesick thumbs. They might be lyrically trite in comparison, but they still shine with their sweeter, more pop-friendly melodies. My problem lies with the songs that don't quite seem to hit either side well, either sitting awkwardly in the middle or just becoming unpleasant on the ears. "Forgiven" shoots for a "You Oughta Know" style catharsis, but just feels grating and repetitive when the previous tracks have already got there, and "Not the Doctor" suffers coming off the back of "Ironic", dipping the pace to a lolloping growl. "Wake Up" is a weak ending as Morissette mumbles and shrieks her way through, in search of both a strong hook and a definitive sign-off. I didn't really feel either arrived. I find Morissette's vocals very overbearing at times, but Glen Ballard's production is also part of the problem: his de-facto method for going "angry" or "confessional" is by upping the distorted guitars and bringing more searing, wailing vocals up front. Even though Morissette's lyrics and subject matter allows for it, there's not a lot of dynamic range in the sound, or different means of expression. It frustrates me that we don't get more dialled back material on the level of "Perfect" or "Mary Jane", both showcasing Morissette's versatility as a songwriter and a vocalist. I'm intrigued to hear there's an acoustic version of the album recorded ten years later- and will definitely check this out to see if the songs are served any better. Despite all this, I'm feeling generous and can't argue against the strength of a lot of the songwriting. Bearing in mind a lot of the records I have given 3* and like a lot less, it's scraping 4* here. Definitely worth a listen for any songwriters getting in touch with their angry side!

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“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."

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031121 19:31 3.5

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actually can't say I've listened to any part of the album other than the hits. I'm shocked how much I like the balance of the album. deserves it's credit.

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So many classics. Amazing how many iconic singles are packed into a single album. You Learn is likely my favorite. 4/5

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*Classic 90's Alternative album *Unique vocal style *Super iconic

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This was a 5 in 1995!

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This is a tough one with no half star options. Easily a solid 3.5 rating so almost went with 4, and maybe back in the day I might have but with age and how many other killer albums I foresee rating as a 4, couldn't bring myself to give a 4 (still almost did based on a few songs). Used to listen to this album a lot when it first came out, enthralled by Alanis's unique voice, anger and aggression. And then there was the crush I used to have on her odd, lanky beauty😊. Close to a pop album but some hard, fun and insightful lyrics (will she go down on you in a theater, I'm brave but I'm chicken shit, you like pain but only if it doesn’t hurt too much) coupled with some good instrumental mixes (harmonica on All I Really Want, hard beat on Right Through You, guitar riff on Not the Doctor [along with style and lyrics vaguely reminds me think of Ani Difranco, save the chorus]), I can get pass the poppiness of Ironic (I preferred the other hit of Hand in my Pocket) and the ballad of Perfect, which I used to skip over. While I always appreciated the passion and emotion of Mary Jane, seemed to hit a little more close to home being on the downhill side of the roller coaster…The last chance street car went off the track and you're on it...What's the point of trying to dream anymore...Are you happy…

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ITS LIKE RAIIINNNN ITS A FREEE RIDEEE ITS THE GOOD ADVIICEEE. Alanis Morissette. She is fun. Some notes are unexpected. I like it. One second its sleepy next its crayzay. one hand in my pocket. ironic. you oughta know. wasn't able to listen to entirety of album. 5/10

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Lyrics are awkward at some points but very solid music.

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She tells such a vivid story! Certainly one of the best from the timeframe.

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Bien arreglado, la voz de A.M. se siente muy natural y cruda, y el aire grunge en general le quda muy bien.

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Pop-Rock with some classics. Solid but not great.

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Glad to have kept listening through the radio tracks.

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This classic album from Alanis Morissette features a heavy backdrop of anger and angst which is channeled into post-grunge. This album is powerful and demands to be heard. Though I don't think this album is as successful as some of its contemporaries, it is extremely important in the history of popular music and is incredibly influential.

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Some nice tunes I had forgotten about on this album - genrally just not the biggest Alanis Morissette Fan but that blast from the past was nice

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Hell yeah Alanis

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Angsty pop/rock, good stuff

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Guilty pleasure

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When first released, I was too much into Britpop and indie bands to appreciate this album and judged this album as too poppy. Over time, however, I’ve grown much fonder of JLP and turn to it every once in a while for that 90s crystal clear nineties production nostalgic pop guitar radio sound, released at a time when selling aggressively marketed records actually made labels money. Alanis is a hoot, chucking everything into the vocals and sticking it to ex lovers. I’m also reasonably confident now that the lack of irony in Ironic was a deliberate ironic joke. And I was today years old even I learned Flea plays the incredible bass part on You Oughta Know rendering this album the perfect expression of how the nineties sounded.

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I haven't heard this full album since I was a kid when Alice had the tape. Will be fun to listen through again, probably get a bit long towards the end tho. The bigger songs from it are still on the radio so that's gotta say something. The lyrics are pretty cringey, lots of cliche "basic white girl" stuff going on. Mostly it reeks of a teenager trying to write "adult" songs (which it basically is). I know everyone has pointed out how none of the things in ironic are actually ironic, and I know Alanis has pretended it's all a big joke and she was in on the gag the whole time, but if so, why is the rest of it so fucking humourless? But that being said it's catchy enough with its poppy version of the grunge feel. I didn't know Dave Navarro and Flea were on the big single. Cool. 3/5.

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surprisingly good, not my style but a decent listen

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It’s like rainnnnnn

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AKA Atlantis Morsefest. 90’s as hell

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Decent pop-rock album.

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This shit sound like mom alt-rock, kinda stuff you hear on the way home from second grade. You Oughta Know and Hand in My Pocket were smash hits, and Hand in my Pocket is probably my favorite song. I enjoyed it, but the songs seemed kind of basic and samey, might listen again 5/8.

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You Outta Know is and has always been a banger. This album definitely has some hits, but I am unable to pinpoint an overall feeling of like or dislike. I dont know how I feel about the vocals... hmmm

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Better than stone roses. Ironic is good. You oughta know sounds like it should be in high school musical

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Not bad not my thing

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I don't love her voice--a little annoying, and some of the songs are cheesy/corny beyond enjoyability. Some of the tracks are quite good, and the musicianship is clean, but not my vibe overall

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Fun nostalgia trip to the 90s. I don't understand why 'Perfect' was allowed onto the album. Flat wailing over a naked track ruins a perfectly good vibe up to that point. Plenty of hits make up for it though. A strong 6/10 for me. Without 'perfect' and 'forgiven' it would have crept to a 7/10.

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Favorites: All I Really Want, You Oughta Know, Right Through You, You Learn, Head Over Feet, Not the Doctor Third studio album of Morissette, would go on to become one of the best selling albums of all time, even having a Broadway musical made off of it. Critically lauded, it was a significant album in paving the way for early 2000's female singers like Shakira, Pink, Avril Lavigne, and many more. Departure from her previous albums which were more dance pop, this album features a grungy alternative rock sound.

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for its time it was a great album. You can see the influence she's had on the rock genre in the following years. But compared to modern music that I listen to, it simply cannot keep up. 4.5 for its time, 1.5 now average -> 3

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7

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I understand the appeal but I really didn’t enjoy this

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A nostalgia trip. Still not my cup of tea

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If Shakira went alt-rock, this would be it.

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Not as good as I remembered

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mom and GF had this. I know all the songs. It is quntesesial 90's music. A little cringy. I'm surprised by how unpolished and raw her voice is on some songs.

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Just ok. Couple great shiners, couple of duds. Very aggressive 90s pop.

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Alanis marca uma geração de mulheres roqueiras, influenciando muitas

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2010 vibes. Niet erg bijzonder

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meh

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3* good album but with a few misses.

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Nyarghy

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I never liked this album, but I acknowledge some songs are of landmark state.

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false

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its that one song

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3.5 okay pop rock album, nothing special lol

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A few bangers anchored by You Oughta Know but a few duds too.

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It is okay - a bit whining sound to the whole thing but I can understand why it was popular in '95.

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Better than I would've expected, also I knew a shocking number of songs on it

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you oughta know is a good song, uncle Joey, flea and Navarro are bad bad men hand in my pocket is another great song "'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket And the other one is hailin' a taxi cab" you learn, say the line "And I don't wanna be your other half I believe that one and one make two" ironic is ironic 3 or a 4 depends, 3 out of 4 for me

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It's not bad but I wouldn't really listen to this much. Her voice can be grating on a few songs like perfect.

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watched the music video for 'ironic' for the first time not long ago. looking at the track list i already know the songs with over 100m streams. something about the way she sings reminds me of grimes. like, she's just doing whatever lol. but also shakira. 'perfect': why go to therapy when i can make a song about it. oh i've also heard 'you learn' on the radio. lol 'head over feet' too. this album must have been massive. i appreciate everything so far, not really my thing but it's pretty good. well i'm done. not a lot to say.

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Overly dramatic, but what a beautiful mess

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Este disco lo escuché tanto en su época que hoy en día lo he aborrecido. Fue el primer disco que ripee yo mismo en mp3 usando un Pentium 133 y que tardaba más o menos 1 hora por canción. Me gustaba como sonaba parecido a The Cramberries o The Sundays o incluso a Everything but the girl antes de la electrónica. A día de hoy creo que sigue siendo un gran disco pero el éxito desbordó todo y no tuvo una continuación que lo convierta en algo trascendente. Carne de radio fórmula. Lo dejo en 3 estrellas aunque en otra época habrían sido 4 o puede que 5.

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This is pretty good. Bits of it reek of a poorly-aged in-your-face 90s grunge rock attitude, but Alannis' voice is great and there's some really good tracks on here, along with some powerful messages from herself lyrically

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Like an angry version of Friends. Anthemic, feminist themed. Vocals start to jar after a while but some interesting lyrics in parts.

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it's fine?

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It's not bad, it just doesn't quite hit for me.

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edgy lite rock that doesn't get too hot topic. gritty and interesting vocals give a raw, charged emotion. Every song could be the ending credits scene for a 90s teen drama.

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Her voice is a bit distracting on some tracks. Some others it works well. I think if I was in the mood I would enjoy this album more.

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Great album musically. It was a lot to take in.

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I liked it somewhat, don’t see myself coming back

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It's alright. Probably only listen to one or two songs in a row.

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Voice and music not bad, very talented. But people need to avoid screamming unskillfully in songs, meaninglessly.

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Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette (1995) Vocally prodigious, Alanis Morissette delivers bold but sputtering lyrics on this breakout album, convincingly expressive of teenage angst. She was only a kid at the time. Assisted by a talented tag team of studio musicians and creative producers and engineers, the effort yields a fine collection of tracks. Compositionally, there are flashes of brilliance (e.g., the unique rhythmic variations on “Mary Jane”), but most of the marketable creative elements are in the vocal stylings and innovative arrangements. Her vocal quality slips a bit on soft airy passages (“Perfect”), but when she snarls, she soars. Bleating and cursing her way into angry relationship-starved plaints (like “You Oughta Know”), she reveals a soul that seems to know what it wants, but is a little short on the wants of others—not exactly narcissistic, but intensely self focused. Is there such a thing as toxic femininity? (No, I think that must be a contradiction in terms.) These are songs that lead the listener inward, for better or worse. Young men who listen closely (especially “Head Over Feet”) might well give up. Her religious reflection, “Forgiven” is horrifyingly clever, but is clearly the product of an under-catechized conscience. Boomers like me might celebrate the explanatory power of the Gen X sentiments expressed in these songs—an essential task before even hoping to understand Millennials, Gen Z, or my Generation Alpha digital native grandchildren. She sings “What it all comes down to is that I haven’t got it all figured out just yet, ‘cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket, and the other one is giving a peace sign”. I’m not quite following the logic here, but I can embrace the perspective. One can only wish her happiness. 3/5

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Doesn’t remotely live up to “You Oughta Know”. Also totally forgot about “Ironic”, the song that 1) helped kill the word irony and 2) infamously isn’t. 5/10

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It was okay

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The protagonist of Jagged Little Pill is a little girl with mood swings. The album lives from catchy melodies, and especially from the track Ironic, in which the change of tones in the chorus is extremely emotional. In this little dramatic monologue, Morissette reveals an amazing flair and can speak, whisper, scream and modulate with equal ease, only to explode into a shrill teenage tone. (6/10) FT: Mary Jane, Ironic

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Genre: Pop Rock 3/5 As much as I anticipated this to be a re-run of Sheryl Crow’s album on this list, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed of this album! Heck, I was close to giving this thing a 4. The hits are there, for sure, Ironic and You Oughta Know are classics, but what’s also present is some powerful lead vocals, some really clean 90s production that isn’t too electronic, and some decent rock ‘n roll chops throughout this thing. Way more enjoyable than it needed to be.

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Do I like '90s alt-rock? Yes. Do I like Alanis Morissette's voice? Honestly, not really. Do I like the concept of Alanis Morissette singing in that voice about how much her exes are missing out on her? Again, that's probably a no. As far as mid-'90s not-quite-grunge goes, there are quite a few other options available that do it better, although I'd be lying if I said that this album doesn't have its moments. Best song: Right Through You was pretty decent, and All I Really Want would have been great as an instrumental.

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she went off but i dont see myself ever listening to it again

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Very 90s

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Not a fan, too noisy

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alright

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I listened to it... Can't say I'll listen again

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Unique vocals over pop-py tracks. I enjoyed the poetry but her voice is annoying YEEAAAAYEEAAAA BAAABAAYYYYY

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2-3

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90’s. I don’t dislike Alanis, but I have never considered any of her songs to be “ear worms”

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Not bothered

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Bad

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not really for me

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It was OK. Of its time and I'm not sure its aged well...

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got 2 classics, but not a huge fan overall

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A few good songs, but rest of the album drags a little. Can see why it’s on the list but wouldn’t listen to the full album again.

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I had heard a few of the songs from this album back when it was popular, but I'd never listened to the whole album. Overall, it's...okay. I don't actively dislike it but don't love it, either. I surprised myself by liking "Hand In My Pocket" after all these years. Maybe it's a bit of nostalgia for those years and the general sentiment of that song -- I remember liking it when it was released because irony and cyncism had permeated, well, pretty much everything by the mid-90s, and it was refreshing to hear something with some semblance of hope in it. I get that to some (many? I really have no idea; can hardly fathom my own loose grasp on existence, what the hell do I know of others' experience) listeners that song might be hokey or corny or whatever, but I dig it. She has a great voice, which can come through at times but it can be a bit much, too. And, hey, she played God in Kevin Smith's 1999 comedy "Dogma," so there's that, too.

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Tellement typique 90s comme son. La musique est pas pire, mais la voix d'Alanis reste trop un bloquant.

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1995. Ironic, You Oughta Know

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Anybody who grew up in the 90's remembers hearing the hit singles on the radio. This album is loaded with 'em. It's catchy and nostalgic for sure, but it's not something I would keep in rotation. Her voice borders on irritating most of the time. The deeper cuts aren't that bad, just not interesting enough to pique my interest.

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Well, I never really cared much for her voice. But this album sure does make me feel nostalgic.

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I find her slightly annoying

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nope.. not my sound! da taugt mir halt die kylie schon mehr ;)

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The lyrics are just so cheesy and predictable, not to mention that the voice singing them is irritating. The random vocal flairs that are added to songs are annoying. The background music isn't that bad but could use some better instrument choice. Overall this album was grating and predictable.

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I've listened to this enough in the 90's. I think once was too many.

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Неслушабельный трэш

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worst album i’ve ever heard I would rather get a blowjob from a piranha than listen to this again the whole thing it just some canadian hoe bitching about her ex boyfriend while making donkey moans and terrible harmonica solos

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Wtf was that

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radio killed this for me ... I couldn't drag myself to listen

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really difficult to listen to her voice. so shrieky. not enjoyable

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something for the background

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