Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie [Australia Tour Edition]

Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie [Australia Tour Edition]

by Alanis Morissette

CD(Australian Import)

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While it's not a repudiation of her blockbuster, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie is a clear step forward, teeming with ambition and filled with new musical ideas and different sonic textures. Alanis Morissette's voice still sears, but she has more control over her singing, rarely reaching the piercing heights that occasionally made Jagged Little Pill jarring. Also, she has clearly spent some time crafting her lyrics; not only do they never sound like straight diary entries, she no longer is trying to fit too many syllables into a phrase. These two differences are subtle -- the brooding, Eastern-styled music that dominates Supposed is not. There are numerous extensions of the vague hip-hop and pop fusions that made "Hand in Pocket" and "All I Really Want" huge hits ("Front Row," "UR," "Thank U," "So Pure"), but much of the album is devoted to moody ballads and mid-tempo pop, where the textured production functions as a backdrop for Morissette's cryptically introspective lyrics. Far from being alienating, this approach works surprisingly well -- not only do the pop tunes sound catchier, but the ballads, with their winding melodies and dark colors, sound strong and brave. If anything, the record is more coherent album than its predecessor, and even if it isn't as accessible or as compulsively listenable, it's a richer record. That said, it won't win any new fans -- for all of her success, Morissette is a weird acquired taste, due to her idiosyncratic vocals and doggedly convoluted confessionals -- but it certainly confirms that she doesn't quite sound like anyone else, either. [The Australian tour edition features "Uninvited" from the City of Angels soundtrack as a bonus song.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/1999
Label: Wea International
UPC: 9325583000027
catalogNumber: 247239
Rank: 101928

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alanis Morissette   Primary Artist,Flute,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
Glen Ballard   Track Performer
Benmont Tench   Organ
Gary Novak   Percussion,Drums
Joel Shearer   Guitar
Nick Lashley   Guitar
Ross Garfield   Drums
Chris Chaney   Bass
Glen Ballad   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano

Technical Credits

Glen Ballard   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Scott Welch   Management
Alanis Morissette   Composer,Producer
Chris Fogel   Programming,Engineer
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Shad T. Scott   Programming
Glen Ballad   Programming,Producer,Engineer

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