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By Jennifer Petrics



originally published: 07/24/2022

On July 21, 2022, Alanis Morissette performed at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ. Garbage opened the night. Jennifer Petrics was on hand to cover the show.

Twenty-seven years (and two tour cancellations) after the release of one of the most critically acclaimed generation-defining albums of all time, Alanis Morissette revisits small jagged pill in celebration of his 25 anniversary world tour From selling 10 million copies in 1995 to more than triple today, small jagged pill It has been heralded as a feminist manifesto, winning multiple Grammy Awards and becoming the antidote to broken hearts around the world. Guy Oseary, who signed Morissette to Maverick at the time, thought, “He was a songwriter who spoke for our generation, a generation that most people think he doesn’t have much to say.”

By today’s standards, Alanis has truly become an icon of alternative pop and has immersed herself as a pioneer, paving the way for many artists and songwriters, artists such as Hayley Williams, Olivia Rodrigo, Tate McRae and Gayle, among others. It is interesting to note that Alanis and Olivia co-filed a musicians on musicians podcast and interview with Rolling Stone last year, where they discussed universalism and the heartbreak contest. You should know— the song that catapulted Alanis to unprecedented heights — has been the subject of so much adoration and connectivity over the years and has been performed live, in fact, by both Morissette and Rodrigo… as well as Morissette and Taylor Swift. (a heartbreak queen in her own right with a songbook of breakout hits).

The show opened with a trio of big screens, showing a video montage, highlighting the career-spanning influence of Alanis and the impact she has had on pop culture and other artists, collectively, over the years. The reel touched everyone from fans like american idol contestant Alanis Sophia to parodic impersonations of Kelly Clarkson, Alessia Cara, Nicole Scherzinger, and P!nk, as well as Morissette’s reach across television, film (Dogma), and Broadway.

Jagged little pill 25+ years later

Jagged little pill 25+ years later

Some of the images used as backdrops in cutscenes included religious, corporate, and social (protest) elements. There was a stained glass window of the patron Saint Patrick, juxtaposed with a modern dance routine between the church pews, and an ornate aumbry with a holy statue in the recesses, as well as people fighting for their rights and beliefs in the midst of oppression. A projector screen of interchangeable kaleidoscope and magmatic bursts of rainbow hues, rising like a geyser, became an attractive focal point for the images. The colossal spouts of water from the ocean seemed to symbolize cleansing/rebirth, while at times enveloping the amphitheater in a shimmering underwater aquarium… which, for me, focused on a sense of voyeurism inherent in being in the spotlight. . Taking a closer look, Alanis confirms how she felt during the album’s initial release (and dealing with the spotlight), saying “All eyes on the fishbowl,” in this 2021 interview with Rolling Stone. She also says, “We’re on tour right now, and every night on stage is this invitation to whatever you see here or whatever you’re sensing… it’s like a beater. It’s like taking the energy and really alchemically taking it out of my body, but also taking it out.”

Jagged little pill 25+ years later

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Alanis did not disappoint: she performed all the songs on the album, as well as some bonus tracks. when it came to mary-janethe video montage continued to take a trip down memory lane, where Morissette placed an emphasis on perceived body image, with variations of its size over the years in the lyrics “Heard you’re counting sheep again Mary Jane/What’s the point of dreaming anymore?/Heard you’re losing weight again Mary Jane/Have you ever wondered who you’re losing it for?“Similarly, in PerfectGreat visual and symbolic use is made of contrasting a series of accolades with the destruction of accolades, indicating that trophies and awards are not a measure of success; rather, impact and purity is… and who and how you affect in this world. The collection of memories (of Alanis’ children) is equally profound and evocative, as she performed Ablaze in dedication to them… as well as the very emotional and moving tribute to his lost bandmate Taylor Hawkins (also of the Foo Fighters) during the song Ironicwho recently passed away this year.

Morissette showed off her multi-instrumental skills on harmonica and acoustic guitar (head over feet) and a shiny black electric guitar burst out, while groaning in Wake up. The singing was on point and as crisp as it had been in 1995, as Alanis held on and sang hard on notes filled with pain and anguish. Temperatures soared into the 90s in Holmdel, which didn’t faze the artist as she exerted an uninhibited primal energy, connecting with the music and the audience on a cathartic level: Morissette literally spun onstage with a centrifugal force that It caused vertigo, for almost a full time. she minute before she kneel on stage in I hold up. The crux of this catharsis came in You should know—the song that defined his career, broke barriers and records around the world, and (performed live, 27 years later) continued to strike a chord and powerfully connect with a fully cheering crowd…it was a long-awaited release.

Jagged little pill 25+ years later

Morissette discussed her music with unabashed honesty on the aforementioned Musicians on Musicians podcast:

I believe that love, anger and pain are energies that move worlds. They open things up, they get currents moving again if something is stuck. If we’re depressed or full of anxiety, and they usually go hand in hand, to get out of that a bit, maybe conjuring up a little anger will help. What I love that my music can bring is just this intimacy, and it’s an invitation to our humanity.

In an interview from 1995, when the album first debuted, Alanis shared a deep insecurity. “I didn’t have enough self-esteem to know that maybe people break up because of incompatibility… I think anger is ultimately hurt. It’s a cowardly extension of pain, because being vulnerable is much scarier than being angry.” A reviewer at the time, Tom Lanham, expressed that “You should know, if you listen closely, it is one of the saddest and most heartbreaking vulnerable entries in Morissette’s candid diary.”

Jagged little pill 25+ years later

when alanis sang Your house in the encore, he reached an emotional apex. For anyone going through a bitter or heartbreaking breakup, this song (especially performed live) sends a shock wave of nerves to the very core, resurfacing all the pain and sadness associated with it. And it was at this point in the show that they almost brought me to tears, having recently gone through my own heartbreaking breakup. It hit… hard. It was also my favorite song of the night. Alanis and the band playfully experimented with different styles and tempos… pausing to transition each time, injecting new energy and landing the final a cappella verse, true to the album, while maintaining the captivating power of her voice. Additionally, the song bore a strong resemblance to Taylor Swift’s sad and abandoned lyrics. very goodespecially in the respective verses: I took off my clothes/Put on your robe/And went through your drawers/And found your cologne (Your house); I walked in the door with you/The air was cold/But something about him felt like home somehow/And I left my scarf there at your sister’s house/And you still have it in your drawer even now (All too good). Swift has personally hailed the icon as a hero and a major inspiration for her songwriting, and she has also performed live together, as mentioned.

Jagged little pill 25+ years later

Uninvited it was a second wind to that unhinged pitch during the encore, with the audience singing as loud as they could in unison. By the time the show was over Thank you, we had all reached a sense of resolution and a zen level in this emotional and spiritual journey. Thank you notes (from tweets and messages from fans with an outpouring of gratitude) cascaded from the screen and affirmed the positivity and healing power of forgiveness and showing gratitude towards others, even in the face of betrayal, rejection, or wrongdoing. any other damage or violation. One line intrinsically captures this: “How about how good it feels to finally forgive you?“When one offers reassurance, one also allows oneself the freedom to move on and find peace, and there is no greater meaning to life than that, to exercise compassion and kindness. Even the shirt Alanis wore resonated with this message: “Take a deep breath.” We will be fine.

Alanis Morissette is currently wrapping up her North American tour and picking up another leg in her native Canada at the end of July and August.

Here are more photos from the show.

Jagged little pill 25+ years later

Jagged little pill 25+ years later

Jagged little pill 25+ years later

Jagged little pill 25+ years later

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