Forget who Adele is winging about in her new album, forget which 16 year old Taylor Swift is dating this month, Don’t worry if 1Direction are still together or not….. the glorious 90’s are back!!!
- Disc 1: Jagged Little Pill (Obv) remastered
- Disc 2: 10 Previously unreleased demos from the mid 90’s
- Disc 3: All the Jagged Little Pill tracks but from the 2005 acoustic version
- Disc 4: Previously unreleased audio of the live performance at the Subterranean in London Town dated 09/28/1995 with touring band Sexual Chocolate, that consists of Chris Chaney from Jane’s Addiction on the bass and Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters on the drums. A pretty impressive couple of names to be associated with for a newbie!
First of all I don’t quite comprehend why some of these demos weren’t included in the original album, was there a limit to the number of songs an album had back in ’95? Take ‘No Avalon’ for example, how can that not be shortlisted? It has amazing piano work and sounds like half an orchestra behind her for fuck sake, plus she is talking smack about god. It’s the perfect mix if you ask me, goosebumps assured for this song.
‘These are the thoughts’ is pretty basis musically speaking, I’m sure I could figure out how to play it if I had a piano handy, but listen to those lyrics! It makes me want to build a time machine, go back, find young Alanis and give her a bear hug and tell her “you are not the only one who feels this way honey, I myself agree on 15 out of the 21 thoughts you have… hmmm your hair is soft like I imagined…”. ‘Death of Cinderella’ I like because it’s a very “Girl Power / Fuck Men” kind of song, a hymn to replace Beyoncé’s freaking ‘Single Ladies’ on a night out for all the chicks that don’t need to be treated like an outcast just because they won’t settle for the first idiot that walks past. “I can cope without a man around, I can go clean rooms at the holiday Inn to pay my bills if I need to and that won’t make me a loser, you know? Bartender,give me another Jagerbomb!”
‘The Bottom Line’ kicks off the demo CD and deserves to be mentioned especially since it is the 1st song Alanis and Glen Ballard ever wrote together. For those of you that don’t know, and I certainly didn’t know until a couple of days ago because in '95 I was still playing with Barbies (but I had great music tastes), Glen is the dude that co-wrote and produced Jagged Little Pill with our favourite singer-songstress. So basically if this man was never born we would have never been blessed with this masterpiece.
My bottom line is if you've never heard Jagged Little Pill before, be ashamed of yourself, recite 4 Hail Marys and whip your back while kneeling on dried beans. After that go on Amazon, HMV, or wherever else kids these days get CDs from because just like an Italian wine/ cheese/ woman, it only gets better with age. But if like me you already own the original cassette, still get this album because let’s be honest, no one has a working tape player in 2015!
Written by Magali Fazio
All remarks about Alanis Morissette’s child were tongue in cheek and nothing but jokes.