Sunday, October 30, 2011

Album Review: Alanis by Alanis Morissette 1991

Alanis Morissette...bad ass rocker grunge chick with a chip on her shoulder right? Well things weren't always that way, she actually started out as a Paula Abdul wanna-be Britney Spears type pop singer. Fortunately for her, back then her music and image was mostly contained in Canada. When she made the transition to rocker and entered the US/World market, people took her new image and style at face value, not knowing what a poser she really was. Not that we're knocking her style change, but it's fun to get a glimpse of the before and after in the midst of someone trying to find an identity that works.

This is Alanis's debut. You can tell by her voice it's still her but it's almost 180 degrees from what she eventually settled on.

Track Listing:

1. "Feel Your Love"
2. "Too Hot"
3. "Plastic"
4. "Walk Away"
5. "On My Own"
6. "Superman"
7. "Jealous"
8. "Human Touch"
9. "Oh Yeah!"
10. "Party Boy"

Most of the tracks sound like knockoffs of other songs that were hits just a couple years earlier. Probably the best song on the album is "Too Hot" and if you listen carefully you'll notice that most of the drum sounds and the guitar samples are the same ones used in Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" which came out 3 years earlier in 1988.

As a pop album of the early 90s we give it 3/5 stars. It's pretty much what you would expect from the genre. Nothing too amazing here. It's almost like whoever produced the music is using hand-me-down samples and keyboards that the major pop artists like Paula Abdul and Madonna were using a few years earlier. Who knows, maybe they sold the songs or sounds to them - which probably goes on a lot more than people realize. What makes it a really fun listen though is just knowing it's Alanis Morissette.

Wow, who knew Alanis had such a nice thick body back in the day?

One fun fact not related to this album, you know that hit rock song "You Oughta Know" from her Jagged Little Pill album (1995), the one where she's all going on about this asshole dickhead guy who left this big mess in her life?

Turns out she wrote it about her relationship with actor/comedian Dave Coulier, the guy who played Joey Gladstone on Full House. I don't know about you but knowing that takes the coolness factor of that song down a couple notches. When I used to hear that song I'd think she must have been with this big badass drunk all the time greaser wife beater type that fucked up the whole family and everyone's life and now she's mad as hell as isn't going to take it anymore. To find out it was that fucking dork Uncle Joey from Full House? Kind of takes the whole bite away from the song.

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