I knew those feelings all too well, and to see someone, a woman, express that kind of vulnerability so openly felt like a breath of fresh air. I remember playing the album on repeat on my portable CD player, feeling like a rebel while my mom watched on, blissfully unaware of any inappropriate lyrical content; only seeing how consumed I was by each aching note. The unapologetic passion, honest lyrics, and powerful vocals completely captured me from the moment I pressed play. It transported me to a world I never wanted to leave; a world where you could lay it all out on the line, and still come out the other side standing; where you could be fierce, hurt, sad, angry, playful, vulnerable, and strong, all at the same time.
I may have only been a pre-teen, but I saw myself in Alanis Morissette when this album came out, and still find bits and pieces of her sprinkled throughout my songwriting today. In , Morissette released The Collection , her first and so far the only greatest hits compilation, and Jagged Little Pill Acoustic , which marked a year anniversary of the original album. Her seventh studio set, Flavors of Entanglement , was released in and became her last album on Maverick Records.
The album spawned three singles: " Guardian ", " Lens ", and " Receive ". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved MSN News. Archived from the original on July 20, High Times. Archived from the original on Juno Awards. Archived from the original on January 15, Retrieved June 14, Retrieved June 9, We're including Morissette's "Jagged," as it was her U.
MTV News. Radio Free Albemuth. NY Daily News. The Age. Archived from the original on 21 May Retrieved June 18, Archived from the original on 5 June Retrieved June 5, Co-written by Morissette and producer Glen Ballard, featuring guitar and bass from Dave Navarro and Flea both of whom were in the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the time , the song came out of nowhere in the summer of '95, shooting straight to the top of the Billboard Modern Rock chart and powering sales of Morissette's Jagged Little Pill to sales of more than 33 million copies.
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Retrieved September 13, Archived from the original on January 30, Archived from the original on November 2, Retrieved June 26, The duo sought to write and record one song a day, in twelve- or sixteen-hour shifts, with minimal overdubbing later. All of Morissette's singing on the album respects that rule, each recorded in one or two takes.
The tracks that were redone later in a professional studio used the original demo vocals. Ballard met Morissette in when his publishing company matched them up. According to Ballard, the connection was "instant", and within 30 minutes of meeting each other they had begun experimenting with different sounds in Ballard's home studio in San Fernando Valley , California.
Although there was some question about what she wanted to do musically, she knew what she didn't want to do, which was anything that wasn't authentic and from her heart. The song was written in one hour, immediately after they met. The album's most successful single " Ironic " was the third track to be written for the album. In an interview with Christopher Walsh of Billboard , Ballard explained how he and Morissette met, and how "Ironic" was written.
He commented: "I'm telling you, within 15 minutes we were at it — just writing. Oh God, we were just having fun. I thought 'I don't know what this is — what genre it is — who knows? It's just good '. The song was written with a different instrumentation; the pair were then asked to re-write the music — something Navarro described as being "A lot like a remix The structure of the song was in place but there were no guide tracks, we just had the vocal to work from.
It was just a good time and we basically jammed until we found something we were both happy with. Alanis was happy too. Los Angeles engineer Chris Fogel engineered the sessions. The album is seen as a landmark in alternative rock.
Most of the lyrics were written by Morissette and Glen Ballard. The album opens with " All I Really Want ". It features harmonica, swirly guitars and canned drums, and is in a grunge-pop vein. The lyrics talk about "intellectual intercourse" and a mental connection with another angry, frustrated, frightened, uncomfortable soul.
It portrays a lighter side to Morissette, with lyrics that touch upon themes of her self-effacing and hopeful side. I believed that if I had sex I would be damned in hell forever. The lyrics talk about Morissette being a "handful", and that she's not the type to get emotional. The closing "Wake Up" takes the shape of a cry for help to an apathetic world.
Maverick Records released Jagged Little Pill internationally in The album was expected only to sell enough for Morissette to make a follow-up, but the situation changed quickly when KROQ-FM , an influential Los Angeles modern rock radio station, began playing " You Oughta Know ", the album's lead single.
The fourth U. Due to the success of the album, Morissette toured worldwide for a total of 18 months. In , Morissette released an acoustic version of the album, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic , on the tenth anniversary of the original album's release. This album was originally sold through Starbucks ' Hear Music brand in an exclusive six-week deal that ended on July 26, For the duration of this partnership, music retailer HMV boycotted the sale of Morissette's entire catalogue in Canada.
The artwork of the acoustic version is similar to the original version, but is sepia -tinted instead. A two-disc deluxe edition contains a newly remastered version of the album, appended with ten demo recordings, two of which were previously released on the " Joining You " single in A limited four-disc collector's edition also adds 's Acoustic album and a full live concert recorded in London at Subterranea on September 28, Jagged Little Pill received generally positive reviews from music critics.
Not to mention man problems. Other critics were less favorable. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly described the album as "[a hard] swallow", continuing, "What sounds arresting on a single grows wearing over a full album. Producer-co-songwriter Glen Ballard's arrangements are clunky mixtures of alternative mood music and hammy arena rock, and the year-old Morissette tends to wildly oversing every other line.
When listing the album at 45 on the " Best Albums of the Nineties", Rolling Stone commented: " Jagged Little Pill is like a Nineties version of Carole King 's Tapestry : a woman using her plain soft-rock voice to sift through the emotional wreckage of her youth, with enough heart and songcraft to make countless listeners feel the earth move". Jagged Little Pill is one of the most successful albums of the s.
Morissette held the record by the youngest artist to be certified diamond in the US, until she was beaten by Britney Spears with her debut album Baby One More Time. On the week ending June 21, , the album sold 5,, bringing the sales to just over 15 million, making the album one of only three albums to have sold at least 15 million copies in the United States since Nielsen Music began tracking data in Jagged Little Pill was very successful worldwide.
In Oceania, the album debuted at No. In Europe, the album peaked at No. In Italy Jagged Little Pill has shipped half a million copies. One of the best selling albums worldwide, in it was the best selling worldwide with As of [update] , it has sold 33 million copies worldwide. The album received numerous awards and accolades. In it was voted No. The album ranked at No.
Perry stated, " Jagged Little Pill was the most perfect female record ever made. There's a song for anyone on that record; I relate to all those songs. They're still so timeless. It made me a better singer. In November , it was revealed that a theatre adaption of Jagged Little Pill was being adapted for the stage  with Tom Kitt attached to arrange the orchestrations.
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