I could not wait to hear Alanis Morissette album Jagged Little Pill again. It was a super huge album in 1995. It sold over 33 million copies worldwide, which makes it one of the best-selling albums of all time. If I am completely honest, I did not like Morissette at first. I think I liked her fourth album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie a little better and her fifth album Under Rug Swept was when I became a fan and went back to Jagged Little Pill and changed my mind about her. She wore me down over the years.
All my life I have tried to be “Perfect“, but I never was for anyone. I was not for my family or friends. I could never keep a best friend because I could not be perfect for anyone. I have always been alone because I am not good enough.
Be a good boy
Push a little farther now
That wasn’t fast enough
To make us happy
We’ll love you just the way you are
If you’re perfect
I really like the song “Ironic“, even though it is not about irony per se, but as some have pointed out it could be about situational irony. I will not debate it, but rather give you what Morissette stated about the writing of the song: “For me the great debate on whether what I was saying in ‘Ironic’ was ironic wasn’t a traumatic debate. I’d always embraced the fact that every once in a while I’d be the malapropism queen. And when Glen Ballard, and I were writing it, we definitely were not doggedly making sure that everything was technically ironic”. I know that feeling because I am the king of malapropism. Anyway you can decide by reading some of the lyrics
“A traffic jam when you’re already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It’s meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn’t it ironic…don’t you think”.
I love the video because it is so weird. I have tried to decipher it, but I am not sure about it. I see each one of them as a part of herself. She does seem a bit mental to me. She is interacting with each part of herself. I can relate to this scenario because I feel that way too. I have many faces and you only get the one I give you to know.
I also like “You Oughta Know“, “Hand in My Pocket”, “You Learn”, and “Head Over Feet”.
Overall, I think it is a really good album, but still not her best, in my opinion. I am not a fan of her screaming voice. It kind of wears my nerves. Most women cannot scream and sound great. Their voices remind me of Barn Owls in the night. It is terrible. I believe she improves over the years, especially lyrically. 8.5/10.