Friday, March 04, 2005

Jagged Little Pill Redux

Interesting news from

As she neared the 10th anniversary of her landmark album "Jagged Little Pill," Alanis Morissette began pondering how to commemorate the occasion. She ultimately decided to do it all again. Billboard has learned that Morissette and the album's producer/co-writer, Glen Ballard, are in the middle of recording an acoustic version of the career-defining set.

"It just sounded much more appealing than creating my own awards show," she says with a laugh. "There's no better way to honor things than through music."

Morissette estimates that she's acoustically worked up 75% of the songs from "Jagged Little Pill" over the years in concert, but she still looks forward to what she can bring to them now.

...Ballard stresses that the songs will definitely be recognizable, "they'll just express their DNA slightly differently." He adds, "We're limiting our palate to more acoustic instruments, but there's a great wealth of instruments to try. I have a hurdy gurdy in there. It's fun to explore. My goal is, we make an album that's interesting so that even if someone had never heard the original, they'd still dig it."
This would be Advanced if the original music wasn't so annoying (though I kind of like the Cocteau Twins part of the song whose video is shot inside a car). As it is, the project is just a bad idea. Also, why do they feel like they have to "honor" the anniversary at all? I've never heard of a musician "honoring" their own work before. I like the idea of her creating her own awards show, though. She should do that.

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