Alanis Morissette – Time smooths jagged edges


Alanis Morissette live at the Moon&Stars Festi...
Alanis Morissette live at the Moon&Stars Festival Locarno 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alanis Morissette  (1974 – ) is a pop-rock songwriter and performer born in Ottawa, Canada. Her wildly successful album Jagged Little Pill was in stores when I was doing my doctorate in Ottawa. So I felt a special connection to it. Also, I was happy to see another Canadian make it big.

Her style is a mix of Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell. She’s been called the “Queen of alt-rock angst” by Rolling Stone magazine,¹ but there were other Alternative Queens before her, not too long ago.

Alanis Morissette: Live in the Navajo Nation
Alanis Morissette: Live in the Navajo Nation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of Morissette’s more recent melodies seem to combine Native American Ghost Dance music with traditional pop-rock influences. And it seems that her jagged edge has smoothed out a bit over the years.

As with many pop stars, Morissette seems to enter into another reality while performing. Raised in a devout Roman Catholic family, she now practices Buddhism.

Not really a global force in music today like Sia, Katy Perry or Adele, Morissette’s last album Havoc and Bright Lights (2012) did have limited success in North America and generated a hit in Europe.

¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alanis_Morissette

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