Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
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A new form of Alanis' Brilliance
I find this album to be more in depth and personal than Jagged Little Pill. This may in fact be my favorite album of all time. Alanis really changed the sound of this album from JLP to an extent that makes her sound like a completely different artist entirely. I find it that on JLP she was shooting out all of her emotions, while this album is more of an analysis of how she copes with different emotions. I think that there could have been less than 17 tracks, because there are a few fillers (but not many). So here's my track by track: 1) Front Row- 10/10 I love the unique and bizarre compilation of verses. Quite possibly one of my favorite songs by her ever! 2) Baba- 9.5/10 This sounds like something you might find on JLP because of its hard core ryhthms. Plus, it is about her trip to India before making this album. 3) Thank U 10/10 Favorite song by her. It is so serene and reflective and has a nice mellow beat. Buy this song above all else on this album! 4) Are You Still Mad 9/10 Another great song, and what I find to be her angriest song ever (even more so than You Oughta Know) 5) Sympathetic Character 10/10 This song is a mix of unique noises and hard core rock. If you like Alanis hard core vibe, than this and Baba are good starts 6) That I would Be Good 9/10 Gourgeous ballad 7) The Couch 8.5/10 Brilliant song writing, but no hook or chorus at all making it bizarre. 8)Can't Not- 7.5/10 Personally, I could never get into this song. It sounds really repetetive ("Because we can't not, because we can't not") 9) UR 8/10 Cute song about her career. It has a lighter, happier feel to it and isn't so bizarre (but it still has no hook) 10) I Was Hoping 10/10 Alanis' songwriting at her best. But fair warning it is hookless (once again) and it is in my mind her darkest and most bizarre track yet 11) One 7/10 Personally, I love this track, but it has filler written all over it. 12) Would Not Come 9.5/10 Brilliant. Great collaboration of sounds 13) Unsent 10/10 In the Top 3 best tracks on the album fo sho. It's about all of her past lovers (including Dave Matthews aka Matthew) 14) So Pure 6/10 Though it was a single, I find it to be one of her worst songs of all time. It sounds very un-Alanis 15) Joining You- 10/10 A brilliant song about her friend who was contiplating suicide. Very creative way of telling him not to kill himself 16) Heart of the House 7/10 A pretty song about her mom, but forgettable 17) Your Congratulations 6.5/10 Nothing to get excited about Key Starter Tracks: Front Row, Thank U, Unsent, Joining You, UR A little Deeper: I Was Hoping, Are You Still Mad, Would Not Come, Baba
The Most Pleasantly Bizarre Album of All Time
Ever since Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette has always had sort of a "quirky" sound, but all of her other work seems completely tame compared to her second album. Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie certainly isn't a radio-friendly album, but it's sheer uniqueness will give any Alanis fan the ride of their lives.
Speaking of wild rides, I want to bring up how this is the starting point of one of Alanis's traditions, the "grunge ballad". This microgenre was slightly explored in Jagged, but here, a whole four tracks ("Would Not Come", "Can't Not","Baba","Joining You", and "I Was Hoping") are dedicated to this technique. Not surprisingly, these are the sheer standouts of the album, and any fan of crass industrial guitars should go ahead and download all five of these.
Of course, that leads me to the album's length. At 17 songs (most past the four-minute mark), there's a good bit of filler here, though, at only $10, it's a great bargain for anyone who's sure they'll enjoy the whole package. I can't stress enough that this album is very bizarre (most tracks lack any sort of "hook" to them), but "quirky individuals" like myself will have a ton of fun with it.
Just the emotion in this album...wow.
One of the most experimental, arty, un-radio pop albums ever made. And perhaps, that's why it's so amazing and so genuine. This album is a tresure of the 90's, and largely considered a masterpiece of Alternative. You should buy it now. Nothing to lose, everything to gain.
Born: June 1, 1974 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Alanis Morissette
||Ironic||Jagged Little Pill||3:45||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitYou Oughta Know||Jagged Little Pill||4:09||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Hand In My Pocket||Jagged Little Pill||3:41||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Head Over Feet||Jagged Little Pill||4:25||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||You Learn||Jagged Little Pill||3:59||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Everything||So-Called Chaos||4:33||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Hands Clean||Under Rug Swept||4:29||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Uninvited||City of Angels (Music from the Motion Picture)||4:35||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Underneath||Flavors of Entanglement (Deluxe Edition)||4:07||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Crazy (James Michael Mix)||The Devil Wears Prada (Music from the Motion Picture)||3:37||$1.29||View In iTunes|