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Alanis Morisette - Jagged Little Pill (1995)

 

Review : I think it was Kate Bush who sang "I never was a Cornflake Girl", a sentiment that spawned a whole generation of angst North American females under 20...to make thier liberation/expression album. Morrissette herself said that the album was inspired when she first head Kylie's "Hand on Your Heart". She wept for days, as we all did.
So onto 1995 and how to resurrect an unsuccessful career in waitressing and pop stardom. Hailing from Greenland, it wasn't until Ms Morrisette ditched the Roger Whittaker tribute act and then meshed funky mid-US rhythm with a unique brand of Danish occupied syncopation, did she start having more success. Nowhere is this more evident on "Apologise" where top producer Olsen Tweek drafted the services of leading Scando-Philladelphia Alto-sax man Albi Corak.
Remember this was Post-Maradonna, Pre-Tuscany, we were young, we were bright, we were alright. "Jagged Little Pill" is definitive in it's genre of Anger-fuelled Estrogeniric Rock.

 

Standout Tracks : "Arrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhh", "Still In Therapy", "Typical"
Standout Moments : 3:03 into "Knife Him! Wife Him!" all dignity is lost, when Alanis starts hammering nails into a plank of wood screaming "Crucify Crucify"
Standout Lyric : "I'll electrify the seat, if he leaves it up once more"
Try This : "Pope Rock" - Sinead Underground, "Running Up That Bill" - Kate Studio, "
Rating : "****! Is that OK By You???"

Mark Tallon

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