Review #69: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette

Karla Clifton
3 min readApr 11, 2021

#69: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette

FINALLY. I’ve been looking forward to Jagged Little Pill this whole time, and not just because RS decided to put it on a funny number. Alanis Morissette is my own personal North Star. I bought this CD at a library book sale and never looked back.

Okay, if Nirvana hadn’t existed, THIS would have been the best album of the Nineties, hands down. Hands down. Every single one of these songs should have been a smash hit, and about half of them were. Did you know David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest, had an Alanis poster in his kitchen?

If there’s one album I think every single person needs to hear on this list, it’s this one. Hallelujah, AMEN.


“All I Really Want” — Alanis has a sound all of her own. Nobody can even mimic it well.

“You Oughta Know” — When I was a freshman in high school, I killed this song on Rock Band at my own birthday party, and it’s been a downhill slide ever since. Isn’t it amazing that this song is about Dave Coulier from Full House? (Fine, allegedly…)

“Hand In My Pocket” — I adore this song. It gets more relatable all the time.

“Forgiven” — Oh wow, I guess Alanis was Catholic once.

“You Learn” — LOVE LOVE LOVE this song. Remember when the cast of that Alanis musical sang this at the Macy’s Day Parade last year?

“Head Over Feet” — Every one of these songs is perfect. This song taught me everything I know about love.

“Mary Jane” — Not a song about weed, just a female solidarity song. Usually, I think Women-Should-Be-Friends songs have kind of lame lyrics, but of course Alanis makes it cool.

“Ironic” — Isn’t it ironic that every English teacher who ever hated on this song will NEVER BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS ALANIS MORISSETTE?

“Not The Doctor” — Yikes, TOO relatable. My motto is also last week.

“Wake Up” — This is the best Linkin Park song I’ve ever heard!

“Your House (Hidden Track)” — HAHAHAHAHA. Okay, it’s a beautiful a capella track about finding out that your loved one is with someone else, but why does it remind me so much of “All By Myself,” Green Day’s hidden track on Dookie that’s about…well, about a different kind of love?


“Perfect” — Her voice is somehow grungy and dirty and gorgeous, and I’m obsessed, but wow, this song is slow.

“Right Through You” — Both the lyrics and the music to this are too basic for me, but I do hope that she pissed off a record executive with this song.


Why isn’t this album top 25??? Unfortunately, I’m too much of a choirgirl to ever nail my Alanis impression, but that won’t stop me from trying until the day I die.

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