Jagged Little Pill: The Definition of 90s Music

The cover of Alanis Morrissette's album

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The cover of Alanis Morrissette’s album “Jagged Little Pill”

Canadian-American singer-songwriter Alanis Morrissette released her album Jagged Little Pill on June 13, 1995. It reached number one on the charts in multiple countries, and even became the soundtrack for a musical of the same name.
During my first listen of “All I Really Want,” the first song of the album, it was hard to get into Morrissette’s style. But after a second listen, I fell in love with both the song and the entire album.
The entire album can be summed up in one word: perfect. With almost all of her songs, I was able to feel a personal connection that I don’t have with other artists I listen to frequently, The album touches on the themes of feminism, empowerment, reflection, and healing. Many of Morrissette’s songs touch on topics that many can relate to, including myself.
“Forgiven” is about being brought up in a Catholic household, “Mary Jane” is about losing a friend because of mental health issues, and “You Oughta Know” is about the brutal honesty of being a female. It’s a no brainer that the album was named one of the best albums of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Everything was perfect about the album: her raspy voice, the melodies, the angsty and provocative mood, and the lyrics that seem to tell her life story.
During songs, like “Ironic” , “Head Over Feet,” “All I Really Want,” and “You Oughta Know” (my personal favorite), the lyrics were like poetry. It’s no wonder that this album defined an era of music.
For her first album to be released worldwide and her first rock album, it was a smash hit. I’m very thankful that I gave myself a second chance to listen. After you finish reading this, do me a favor. Go to Spotify, search up Jagged Little Pill, put your headphones in, and press play. Trust me, you won’t regret it one bit.