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Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
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So there are moments of beauty, but also some of the same old, same old. Why, then, does one need this disc? For die-hard fans, the curio factor is reason enough. Marginal Alanis fans, those who found the original too screechy, will get the chance to hear the songs toned-down. Those looking for something different, however, should be aware that this is the entire Jagged disc, start to finish. For a woman who once used lyrics to shock listeners, there's nothing terribly shocking about this new CD. Isn't it ironic? --Denise Sheppard
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It is an interesting concept; a tribute album to one's one album, but the end result is better than one might think. "Acoustic" serves as a sharp reminder of what everyone loved about Morissette a decade ago when she first surfaced on worldwide radar, and with Glen Ballard again filling the role as the album's producer, the results sound true to the original.
Indeed, her "angry" vocal performances in songs such as "Right Through You" or "You Oughta Know," which gained her instant notoriety as her debut single, are considerably more restrained now. And while some may at first dismiss the idea of hearing these songs sung without their original ferocity, they are still worth the time.
"You Oughta Know" is the clearest indication that Morissette was able to change the direction of some of the material, as if to challenge the interpretation listeners immediately had to the song. To be sure, the original was carried along by raw anger, and appropriately so. Nevertheless, she has always maintained that she herself finds the song as being more sad than angry, and this time her vocals sound distinctly more vulnerable.Read more ›
Back in 1995, Miss Morissette was a dangerous and angst-ridden young vixen. Her guttural moans and screeching became her trademark on an album so emotional, powerful and full of pain. Ten years later, her voice has softened in reflection to her increasing happiness. The angst has been replaced with love. Love for life, love for her husband, and love for her dear friends. It's beautiful to see this transformation, because it's so natural and pure. I bought Jagged Little Pill in October 2002, not expecting much, and coming away realising that it is my favourite album of all time and that it always, always will be. The music isn't the most complex I've ever heard, the lyrics aren't the best, but good God, the sound of the album touches me in more ways than I ever thought possible.
In the three years that I've owned the original album, it has to be the most played record in my collection. I never tire of it, and that is the sound of a classic album in my eyes. People think it's overrated, but they obviously aren't touched like many by the music Alanis is singing. Is this album a masterpiece? In my eyes it definitely is.Read more ›
If you are one that knows every note from the original release and are offended by slight alterations, maybe this CD isn't for you. This interpretation adds wonderful new fluctuations that showcases her vocal range. The acoustic instrument arrangements are exceptional and add a lot of emphasis in just the right locations to enhance the flavor of every song.
I'm going to give you a song-by-song analysis...
1. All I Really Want -- Great version. You can really hear the growth in her vocal abilities in this song, and it's a great opener still!
2. You Oughta Know -- I like this version, but it can't hold a candle to the MTV Unplugged version, which continues to give me goosebumps.
3. Perfect -- Just beautiful. wow....
4. Hand In My Pocket -- HOLY COW.... I loved this song before, of course, but this version is just...wow... The new chord progressions are awesome! This is a perfect example of how you can take a song that was already great and make it better even by changing the core of its sound (the chords used).
5. Right Through You -- This song's okay, but it seems to lose a little oomph in this version. You can hear her emotion, but it's diminished by the quietness of the accompaniment.
6. Forgiven -- "My brothers, they never went blind for what they did." Still my favorite line in this song. This version is just as powerful as the original. The one difference, however, is that in the original, you can hear/feel her anger and frustration, but this time around, the anger and rage have dissolved into a very noticeable pain and heartache that was probably there to begin with, but masked by the gritty sound. MMm...powerful. Is that some Spanish guitar I hear in there? Interesting! Nice touch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Jagged Little Pill Acoustic" by the great and incredibly-talented Alanis Morissette is fantastic! I have fallen in love with each song all over again. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Laura Ryding-Becker
Flash back and forward to a great artist who has only gotten better with maturity.Published 2 months ago by Marilyn J. Commins
I actually like this better than the full-tilt electric rendition; but then I'm kind of old!Published 3 months ago by Mark T
alanis morissette is an amazing singer from canada she came along way from u can't do that on television. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mike vandenburg norris
Alanis didn't disappoint in this classic Cd Remake of "Jagged Little Pill"! The Acoustic's were fabulous and her voice is beautiful!Published 23 months ago by Kevin Cote