Release Date: Jul 26, 2005
Record label: Maverick
Genre(s): Rock, Adult Alternative, Singer-Songwriter
There's an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm from 2002 where Alanis Morissette is performing at a benefit concert that's eventually held at Larry David's home, where she sings a stripped-down acoustic arrangement of "You Oughta Know" with guitarist David Levita for an audience of wealthy Hollywood liberals. This may not have been the genesis of her 2005 album Jagged Little Pill Acoustic -- initially for sale only in Starbucks stores, but released to mass retail in late July -- but that performance not only offers a clue to the sound of this acoustic-based reinterpretation of her blockbuster breakthrough, but also to its target audience. Unlike the 1995 original, this is not a dense, glossy pop album that slyly co-opts and repackages ideas from the musical fringe for a mass audience, nor is this akin to her 1999 acoustic album Alanis Unplugged, where Morissette was still sorting out exactly which direction to take in the aftermath of her phenomenal success.
At risk of causing Britain's record company boardrooms to collapse in hysterical laughter, it is worth noting that some albums can be too successful. Just ask Alanis Morissette. In 1995, she hit barely believable paydirt with her third album, Jagged Little Pill, an odd curate's egg of a record.