Alanis Morissette caught the world’s attention in 1995 with her smash hit album, Jagged Little Pill. 20 years after its release, Morissette plans to remaster her masterpiece with new tunes and personal writings.
“I want to make it half-book, half-music, so I’ll do a lot of writing and chapter writing and just personal stories, really, around the whole creating of the record and the experience that ensued thereafter,” Morissette told The Canadian Press at the Juno Awards in Hamilton on Sunday.
The then-awkward teenage singer won her first Juno Award in 1992 for most promising female vocalist. She has won 12 more Junos, sold over 60 million records and won seven Grammy Awards since. Morissette was recently inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. When asked what the induction means to her, the Ottawa native said, “Mostly it’s just me coming into the arms of Canada. I’m Canadian to the bone. To be honored by Canadians is precious to me.”
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Jagged Little Pill was a collection of deep and personal songs, including the hit singles “Ironic,” “Head Over Feet,” and “You Oughta Know.” Morissette plans to include never-before shared compositions and journal excerpts of her journey during that era into the remastered album. “Always new songs, whether I write one over the next few weeks or there are songs that I haven’t shared that I really stand by,” Morissette said. “So there will be something new — many things that are new,” she added.
During an interview, The Canadian Press asked of her feelings on the adaptation of Jagged Little Pill into a musical in harmony with its 20th anniversary, and Morissette replied, “There’s a continuity there that has remained true for two decades straight, which is just social commentary, eating disorder commentary, embracing emotions, flying in the face of what’s expected. So many of these themes … seem timeless in a way, which is lovely.”