Teenage Album - Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette

I told Donovan aka Pharaoh721 that Olivia Rodrigo's "SOUR" would have been my teenage album.  So in honor of his album review, let's celebrate my teenage (and honestly adult cuz feelz man) album, "Jagged Little Pill" by Alanis Morissette.  Also, she has a US tour during the summer which I am so sad/mad that I may not be able to go to... sad kitty. 

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"Jagged Little Pill" remains, to this day, my “unskippable album.”  Even though the album was released in 1995 and got heavy MTV rotations (yes, MTV during the 90’s played MUSIC), I didn’t get into Alanis Morissette until I was in high school.  And I love her so much…her music..her lyrics… just everything.  I mean she was a rocker with so much to say.  

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I bought the album sometime during my freshman year of high school, and it was everything I was feeling.  Prior to starting high school, my dad suddenly passed away and left us heartbroken and fractured.  Seven years before that, my older brother passed away when he was only 15.  I am also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, so you can imagine all the pain and loss I was experiencing at such a young age.

I couldn’t relate to the love heartaches and heartbreaks of Alanis Morissette, but I could relate to her anger like in the songs “You Oughta Know,” “Perfect,” and “Right Through You.”  Anger at someone who left, who said they would never leave.  Anger at putting trust in people, who only destroyed it.  Anger at putting trust in a system that is supposed to protect you, but it fails.  

But despite all this anger, the songs “Hand in My Pocket,” “You Learn,” and “Head Over Feet” made me feel hope that life will be ok again, and there are worthy people out there.  Everything is a learning experience and there’s nothing wrong with trying again. “Ironic” still makes me laugh to this day, both lyrically and remembering the music video.  I implore you to watch the music video, just for silliness really.  “Head Over Feet” is my go-to love song since I fall for someone who never understands why I love them.  I love them for all that they are.  I couldn’t help it. 

 

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The first track on the album, “All I Really Want,” is one of my favorite songs, probably my favorite song ever.  The lyrics are clever, like “I have no concept of time other than it is flying…” and her writing inspired me to write my own stories and poems.

 “Jagged Little Pill” has saved and inspired me in more ways than one.  It’s not only my teenage album that I used to listen on repeat, but it has grown with me in my adult years, and remains one of my favorite albums of all time. 

 

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    June 2, 2021 2:44 AM

    badkitty64 wrote a thing!

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      June 2, 2021 4:26 AM

      Hands-down one of the best albums of the 90s.

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        June 2, 2021 10:05 AM

        let's not go saying silly things we can't take back

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          June 2, 2021 5:13 PM

          Man it really is. I went back and listened to it a few months ago and it is shockingly good. Just quality front to back.

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      June 2, 2021 6:12 AM

      The musical was phenomenal and recommended seeing if you get a chance.

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      June 2, 2021 6:22 AM

      Taylor Hawkins rippin on the drums. Always fun to see before he joined FF.

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        June 2, 2021 8:15 AM

        Yeah, forgot that until I saw that first gif...he's a fucking musical badass like Grohl.

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      June 2, 2021 6:29 AM

      It was considered extremely not cool to jam this album in my friends circle as a teen, so I doubled down heavily and this was one of a few CDs that never ever ever left the 6CD changer boombox.

      Went to see her live by myself around 1999. Took the bus to the venue, took a cab home. Good times.

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        June 2, 2021 9:26 AM

        And she's going on a US tour this summer/ fall!! Argh.

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      June 2, 2021 6:43 AM

      A classic!

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      June 2, 2021 9:58 AM

      Love that album. Big fan of the track, “not the doctor”

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        June 2, 2021 11:33 AM

        It's definitely a jam that I got into as I got older.

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      June 2, 2021 10:16 AM

      that album did not miss and it's still just as listenable today

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      June 2, 2021 10:34 AM

      The production and musicianship on that record is hella-strong. I have a copy of the late 2000s reissue on wax that sounds like a million bucks.

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      June 2, 2021 11:20 AM

      I randomly pulled it up on Spotify a couple weeks ago and was caught off guard by how great it is, even though I had it in heavy rotation back in the ‘90s. Over the past twenty years it’s enduring legacy seemed to be low hanging fruit jokes about the lyrics in Ironic, which is a disservice to one of the best albums of that decade. It’s just amazing start to finish.

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      June 2, 2021 12:42 PM

      Did you know that she had a short platonic relationship with Dave Matthews, notoriously famous for having unloaded the entire septic system of his tour bus onto a sightseeing barge traveling under a bridge on the Chicago river??

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        June 2, 2021 12:42 PM

        And I thought R. Kelly was bad.

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        June 2, 2021 3:52 PM

        I knew she was engaged to Ryan Reynolds for a few years.

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      June 2, 2021 1:14 PM

      badkitty64 you MUST watch this video, i learned so much about that album

      Rick Beato - What Makes This Song Great? Ep. 30 Alanis Morissette
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYkM21v4hB0

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        June 2, 2021 3:54 PM

        Oh thanks man!!

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        June 2, 2021 7:20 PM

        Oh wow have I been saying her name wrong this entire time. He pronounced it A-lon-is. Ive always said it like A-lan-is

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        June 2, 2021 1:17 PM

        tickets go on sale TOMORROW

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        June 2, 2021 3:53 PM

        I knooooowwwww!!! But travel restrictions and work is making it very difficult.

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        June 2, 2021 5:21 PM

        Man that is so tempting. I'd be singing my little heart out.

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      June 2, 2021 4:24 PM

      I will always remember her as "God."

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      June 2, 2021 4:24 PM

      This was the first and last cd I ever bought. I think I was 7 or something.

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      June 2, 2021 4:34 PM

      I found the CD at work, so added it to my collection and ripped it for car listening.

      It's pretty good. There are like 5 really good (and popular) songs, and the others aren't bad.

      Debut album, right?

      Back when it came out I did hear songs, but it wasn't really my genre.

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        June 2, 2021 7:13 PM

        She was already a pop star in Canada, but Jagged Little Pill hit big in the US. I believe this was her 3rd studio album.

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      June 2, 2021 4:45 PM

      She was on Stern a couple years ago and looked and sounded great. Barely any different from the 90s.

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      June 2, 2021 5:19 PM

      Not a fan

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