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Alanis Morissette

Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

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Alanis Morissette
Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
(Warner)
One of the most important albums of the ’90s gets a re-working for its 10th anniversary. This is for fans, who will be happy to hear that Morissette’s voice has never sounded better. On the original, her nasal snarl was often buried under slick production. Here she stretches notes longer — most impressively on the parental lament “Perfect” and lost friend ode “Mary Jane” — and though she mostly sticks to the blueprints, there’s a comfortable, re-interpretive quality. The a cappella hidden track “Your House” remains, fittingly set to music here. Some of the guitars recall Sheryl Crow (bad), and sap the anger from one of the biggest kiss-off records ever. But it’s here to remind you how this great artist has been forsaken by most of the 40 million people who bought it in 1995.
—Tara Thorne

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