On June 13, 1995, Alanis Morissette released Jagged Little Pill. I must have listened to JLP on CD hundreds of times over the next year. I had a miserable year including a breakup and that album was my soundtrack.
Honestly I haven’t listened to JLP since then until preparing to review the Deluxe Edition for my blog.
The amazing thing about music is it is an emotional time machine. I was propelled back to that tumultuous year and I didn’t particularly like it.
As for the Deluxe Edition, it begins with the complete album remastered. The songs are more polished and less gritty than I remembered. The original via my CD seemed more jarring and raw. They are actually nicely remastered though.
Next is the demos written by Alanis during that time period. The third part is the album done acoustically and the final part is live at Subterranea London on 9-28-95. If you are a die hard Alanis fan you will love this. But I just couldn’t get into all the extra features.
Thank you, Alanis Morissette for helping me through a difficult year, though.
Alanis wrote a revealing blog about the JLP process. It’s a good read! More info at alanis.com and the Deluxe Edition is available on iTunes and Amazon.
Amy Lynn & The Gunshow celebrated the release of their album “Don’t Trip On The Glitter” at Joe’s Pub on May 8th. I really enjoyed their set, a mix of covers, like Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” and tracks from their new album, like “Dirty Mouth.”
Joe’s Pub was packed and the crowd was rowdy and energetic. By the last song, the audience was dancing. Then the fire alarm went off.
The entire building was evacuated just before the band was going to perform their encore. As we waited across the street, in true show biz spirit of the show must go on, Amy Lynn and The Gunshow performed their encore, a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” It was spontaneous and fun.
If you missed the party at Joe’s Pub, Amy Lynn and The Gunshow will be touring the Northeast throughout June. All the dates are on their website.
“Don’t Trip On The Glitter” is the new album. It’s available from iTunes and the CD and mp3s from Bandcamp.
Highlights of the album for me are 2 very different post-breakup songs. First, the title track, “Don’t Trip on the Glitter,” is a feisty song. This is not an Adele song. It’s a great vocal from the petite powerhouse and the message is clear: Don’t let the door hit you on your way out – or as Amy sings, “Don’t trip on the glitter that I throw” when he leaves.
The second track I really liked is “West Village Blues.” On it Amy sings of missing their neighborhood of the West Village, which was ruined by the breakup. Except Amy Lynn seems to miss the neighborhood more than the guy. It’s funny, it’s sad and the vocals are pure gold.
So buy the new album and get yourself to a show for an amazing night of music. Bring your dancing shoes, or some kick-ass boots like Amy Lynn wears.