Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 31 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.60) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Spin (12/95, p.63) - Ranked #16 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '95.'
Q (10/01, p.48) - Ranked #42 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"
Q (12/99, p.84) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q (2/96, p.66) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995.
Q (9/95, p.118) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Caught somewhere between Tori Amos and a souped up Liz Phair, just a few bars of the opening `All I Really Want' should be enough to convince that she really is a bit special..."
Melody Maker (9/9/95, p.47) - 7 (out of 10) - "...sufficient a mixture of clean-cut looks and post-teen angst to be pop's very own Winona Ryder. Graphic enough in her lyrics, yet demographic enough in post-grunge sound to be the mainstream Liz Phair....Even more amazingly, she's quite good....if this is illusion, Alanis Morissette is mighty good at using it..."
Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #32 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
Personnel: Alanis Morissette (vocals, harmonica); Glen Ballard (guitar, keyboards, programming); Basil Fung, Joel Shearer, Michael Landau, Dave Navarro (guitar); Benmont Tench, Michael Thompson (organ); Lance Morrison, Flea (bass); Rob Ladd (drums, percussion); Matt Laug (drums); Gota Yashiki.
Engineers include: Christopher Fogel, Glen Ballard.
Recorded at Westlake Studios and Signet Sound, Hollywood, California.
JAGGED LITTLE PILL won the 1996 Grammy Awards for Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album. "You Oughta Know" won the Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. "You Oughta Know" was also nominated for Song Of The Year, and Alanis Morissette was nominated for Best New Artist.
"Ironic" was nominated for the 1997 Grammy Award for Record Of The Year.
With exuberant vocal gymnastics, Alanis Morissette offers chilling monologues from an outspoken and aggressive young performer. Her straight-for-the-jugular lyrical stance is given ample room to flex its muscles, and because of that very fact, JAGGED LITTLE PILL is indeed a tricky swallow. Pushed into the public eye by the scathing single "You Oughta Know," Morissette's American debut (she had two Canadian releases as a teen popster) lives up to its title.
Recalling Siouxsie Sioux and Sinead O'Connor, Morissette's vocals coo and writhe, exuding a spectacular confidence of self, and letting her get away with lines like "I recommend biting off more than you can chew." The audio palette of flamenco guitar fills, distortion-drenched power chords and house-ready drum beats allow for Morissette to weave her songs in and out of genres, as easily as she goes through moods. Seemingly contradictory emotions come through in her feelings on falling in love on "Head Over Feet" ("You've already won me over in spite of me.../I couldn't help it/It's all your fault"). JAGGED LITTLE PILL is modern and aware music from a daring young songwriter.