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YMMV / Alanis Morissette

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  • Awesome Music:
    • All of Jagged Little Pill. Especially "You Oughta Know", "Hand in My Pocket", "You Learn" and "Ironic".
    • "Uninvited". The song is already tense and beautiful enough, but once those drums kick in, that's when stuff goes down. Hard.
  • Dork Age: Her first two albums Alanis and Now Is the Time came out at a time when pop music had become ear poison for audiences post-Milli Vanilli, and needless to say, they were emblematic of pop's troubles during the period judging by their content. To this day, Alanis disowns the albums entirely, and radio stations have refrained from playing any music from them.
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  • Epileptic Trees: The identity of the ex-boyfriend that Alanis confronts in "You Oughta Know" has caused enough speculation that a WMG page was created.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: Or possibly Fan Hater disliked explanation. All of the situations in "Ironic" are in fact extremely good examples of situational or cosmic irony... to a Wide-Eyed Idealist slowly taking levels in cynic as their optimistic assumptions that life will always be story-book clean and perfect collide headlong into reality. Given that this is exactly what seems to have happened between "perky teen pop singer" and "the mature artist that created Jagged Little Pill", the song becomes a semi-autobiographical take on the process of learning how reality works: it's not ironic at all that bad things happen.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: When Alanis released Jagged Little Pill in 1995, she had a tough time getting airplay in her home country of Canada, because she already had a past there as a Debbie Gibson-style teen-pop diva in the early '90s. In fact, Ottawa media outlets were flooded with complaints from disgusted citizens when she was given a key to the city.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Misattributed Song: "One Of Us" by Joan Osbourne is sometimes credited to her, due to having a very typical 90s alt. rock sound and being performed by a woman. Same goes for "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks.
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  • Never Live It Down: Alanis, you may be a great musician, but as long as this page exists, nobody will let you forget about "Ironic".
  • Sequel Displacement: Jagged Little Pill is more popular than her first two albums.
  • Shocking Swerve: The music video for Crazy. The only hint that the unnamed blonde is Alanis' girlfriend is the photo by Alanis' bedside near the start of the video, which is small, easily missed, and easily mistaken for a photo of two friends. When Alanis confronts the couple at the club, the girlfriend doesn't remotely react how you'd expect a cheater to. She barely reacts at all, in fact. Even at the end of the video, she doesn't seem a bit worried about how her violent girlfriend will react. On a Rewatch Bonus, you may realize why the guy looks stunned, not guilty, while the bouncer hauls Alanis out of the club, because the blond just presumably told him the truth, but on the first watch it looks like the blonde just dumped him because she learned he was a cheater.
  • Signature Song:
    • Jagged Little Pill: "You Oughta Know", "Ironic", "Hand in My Pocket", "You Learn" and "Head Over Feet"
    • Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie: "Uninvited" and "Thank U"
    • Under Rug Swept: "Hands Clean"
    • So-Called Chaos: "Everything"
    • Overall: "You Oughta Know", "Ironic" and "Uninvited"
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Going from teen pop to Jagged Little Pill is a hell of a shift.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Despite selling 2.4 million copies in the US, it's tough not to consider Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie a disappointment when compared with Jagged Little Pill's 16 million copies. It didn't help that Junkie was far more experimental than Pill, and a sharp divergence in Alanis' sound, becoming more Darker and Edgier and including elements like creepy Eastern string sections, heavier sampling and louder guitars.
  • Uncanny Valley: Baby Alanis at the end of the Back to Front "Eight Easy Steps" video. Holy crap!
  • Vindicated by History: There are many notable parodies of Alanis's singing style during her peak in the 1990's and early 2000's. In 2015 and 2016, she returned to the public eye to promote the 20th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill. Now in her early forties, Alanis's songs from that time period still seem fresh as they did in the 1990's.


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