Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (Enhanced CD) CD (2005)

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The biggest-selling album by a female artist in history, Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill is 16 times platinum and Billboard's Top Pop Album of the 90's. Now, celebrating its 10th anniversary, Morissette and producer/co-writer have recorded the entire album in an acoustic version. Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (enhanced with exclusive content) features the songs in their original order and adds previously unreleased video footage from that era. Jagged Little Pill Acoustic is just what the doctor ordered.

Specifications

Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 63992309
UPC 093624934523
UPC 14 00093624934523
Format CD
Release Date 7/26/2005
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Author Alanis Morissette
Compilation Appearance Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Compilation Appearance Billboard 1990'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Compilation Appearance Revolutions In Sound:warner Bros. Rec
Compilation Appearance Way (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998
Technical Info
Engineer Bill Malina
Producer Glen Ballard
CatalogID 9362493452
Lable Name Maverick
Released 07/25/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 37s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624934523
Album Notes and Credits
The enhanced portion of this release contains an unreleased video footage and more.
Personnel: Alanis Morissette (vocals, harmonica); David Levita (guitars, mandolin); Jason Orme (guitars); Ralph Morrison III, Sara Parkins (violin); Roland Kato (viola); Stephen Erdody (cello); Zac Rae (piano, organ, pump organ, keyboards); Cedric Lemoyne (bass guitar); Blair Sinta (drums, cajon drums, maracas, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Alanis Morissette.
There's an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm from 2002 where Alanis Morissette is performing at a benefit concert that's eventually held at Larry David's home, where she sings a stripped-down acoustic arrangement of "You Oughta Know" with guitarist David Levita for an audience of wealthy Hollywood liberals. This may not have been the genesis of her 2005 album Jagged Little Pill Acoustic -- initially for sale only in Starbucks stores, but released to mass retail in late July -- but that performance not only offers a clue to the sound of this acoustic-based reinterpretation of her blockbuster breakthrough, but also to its target audience. Unlike the 1995 original, this is not a dense, glossy pop album that slyly co-opts and repackages ideas from the musical fringe for a mass audience. Nor is this akin to her 1999 acoustic album Alanis Unplugged, where Morissette was still sorting out exactly which direction to take in the aftermath of her phenomenal success. Jagged Little Pill Acoustic is the sound of an artist who is comfortable and settled, fondly reminiscing about her crazy past for an audience that is also comfortable and settled. This is sepia-toned music (which is appropriate, since the cover itself is a sepia-toned replication of the original's artwork), with all of the excesses and eccentricities of youth either romanticized or dismissed with a soft chuckle. Alanis marvels at how crazy she was back then, as she and her audience both congratulate themselves on surviving ten years while reflecting on how much they've personally grown in that decade. All of this is captured in the lone lyrical change: "Ironic" now concludes with Alanis meeting the man of her dreams and meeting not his beautiful wife, but his beautiful husband (she's no longer pronouncing "figures" as "figgers," either). This doesn't change the song or its intent, but it does signal that Morissette has a slightly different perspective, one that is self-congratulatory, more tolerant, and more self-consciously urbane. And that pretty much summarizes the music here, too: it's deliberately mature and certainly more tasteful than the original Jagged Little Pill, the kind of music that would sound good playing in, well, the background of a coffee shop. While there are acoustic guitars at the foundation of each of the 12 tracks here (plus the unlisted 13th bonus track), this isn't strictly acoustic, at least by most standards: with original JLP producer Glen Ballard on board as well, it's not surprising that Acoustic winds up being a subdued adult alternative pop album filled with strings, keyboards, and production instead of a stark acoustic record. Since Ballard is a pro and since Alanis has lived with these songs long enough to find different, yet comfortable, ways to rephrase these familiar melodies, it's a pleasant enough listen. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 31 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.60) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Spin (12/95, p.63) - Ranked #16 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '95.'
Q (10/01, p.48) - Ranked #42 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"
Q (12/99, p.84) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q (2/96, p.66) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995.
Q (9/95, p.118) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Caught somewhere between Tori Amos and a souped up Liz Phair, just a few bars of the opening `All I Really Want' should be enough to convince that she really is a bit special..."
Melody Maker (9/9/95, p.47) - 7 (out of 10) - "...sufficient a mixture of clean-cut looks and post-teen angst to be pop's very own Winona Ryder. Graphic enough in her lyrics, yet demographic enough in post-grunge sound to be the mainstream Liz Phair....Even more amazingly, she's quite good....if this is illusion, Alanis Morissette is mighty good at using it..."
Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #32 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
Disc 1
1 All I Really Want
2 You Oughta Know
3 Perfect
4 Hand in My Pocket
5 Right Through You
6 Forgiven
7 You Learn
8 Head Over Feet
9 Mary Jane
10 Ironic
11 Not the Doctor
12 Wake Up

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