Alanis Morrisette's monster album "Jagged Little Pill" was released in 1995, yes almost a quarter century ago! 33 million copies sold around the world, and counting... It was inevitable that someone some day would come up with the brilliant idea to turn this into a Broadway show, and that has finally happened. Here is the cast recording of that show.
"Jagged Little Pill - Original Broadway Cast Recording" (23 tracks; 74 min.) opens with "See Right Through You", and it immediately strikes how much energy there is in that song and in the cast. From there we get a smorgasbord of the Alanis catalog, with of course a heavy emphasis on the "Jagged Little Pill" album (all 12 of the album's tracks are featured in the show and on this cast recording). But there is also a sampling of other major cuts, including some obvious ones like "Thank U" and "Uninvited", but also some not so obvious ones like "Unsexy" and "That I Would Be Good". Somehow it all works quite well.
I have not seen the Broadway show yet, but it is on my "must-do" list when I visit New York next time. Meanwhile, 2020 is shaping up to be a huge year for Alanis. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Jagged Little Pill", Alanis is taking to the road in a major way, and already her stop here in Cincinnati on May 24, 2020 is marked on my calendar. Not to mention that Garbage and Liz Phair are opening! Holy cow. And supposedly Alanis will also release a brand new album in early 2020 (first new album in 8 years!). Meanwhile, if you are a fan of "Jagged Little Pill", this Broadway cast recording is a welcome addition as it brings these songs in a new perspective.
I saw Jagged Little Pill a few weeks ago on Broadway and I'm still so in love. If you can't see it on Broadway, this cast album soundtrack is the next best thing, but naturally and of course what's missing here is the context of what the songs mean in relation to the characters and the story. Jukebox musicals rarely truly work, but this one did in how there was an actual original plot/story (and about opioid addiction and rape, no less!) around Alanis Morisette's songs. I was very impressed with the show, and now I'm also impressed with this soundtrack. It's just superb and infectious, from start-to-finish. Love it, and I'm so proud of this cast and this show!