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Learn more about Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (Enhanced CD):

Format: CD
Sku: 63992309
UPC: 093624934523
UPC 14: 00093624934523
Release Date: 7/26/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. All I Really Want ~ Alanis Morissette
2. You Oughta Know ~ Alanis Morissette
3. Perfect ~ Alanis Morissette
4. Hand in My Pocket ~ Alanis Morissette
5. Right Through You ~ Alanis Morissette
6. Forgiven ~ Alanis Morissette
7. You Learn ~ Alanis Morissette
8. Head Over Feet ~ Alanis Morissette
9. Mary Jane ~ Alanis Morissette
10. Ironic ~ Alanis Morissette
11. Not the Doctor ~ Alanis Morissette
12. Wake Up ~ Alanis Morissette
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.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The enhanced portion of this release contains an unreleased video footage and more.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Alanis Morissette.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Glen Ballard

Engineer: Bill Malina

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1990'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Way (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/25/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9362493452
Music Label Name Label : Maverick
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624934523

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.

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