Alanis Morissette Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
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- Released: November 2, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Maverick
Rolling Stone - 12/10/98, pp.119-1204 (out of 5) - "...She makes claim on hard rock, soft rock, spacey drum loops and harmonica solos, all while flaunting her titanic pop ambition....Alanis is one megastar who knows how to translate her gall into dynamic rock & roll..."
Spin - 12/98, pp.169-1707 (out of 10) - "...In the eternal tradition of Elvis Costello, John Cougar, Liz Phair, and the Beastie Boys, she's feeling pressure to pass herself off as respectable, but sacrificing energy in the process..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/6/98, pp.84-85"...Morissette has used her year-plus recording hiatus and newfound star status wisely, in pursuit of a way to make a vulnerable, openhearted album in the face of intense commercial expectations..." - Rating: B+
Q - 12/99, p.120Stars (out of 5) - "...millennial rock trappings on most racks - booming processed drums here, a squall of stormy, distorted rock there - whilst Morisette contributes screeds of angsty, angry, sometimes funny lyrics..."
- 1.Front Row
- 3.Thank U
- 4.Are You Still Mad
- 5.Sympathetic Character
- 6.That I Would Be Good
- 7.The Couch
- 8.Can't Not
- 10.I Was Hoping
- 12.Would Not Come
- 14.So Pure
- 15.Joining You
- 16.Heart Of The House
- 17.Your Congratulations
Personnel: Alanis Morissette (vocals, harmonica, flute, piano); Glen Ballard (guitar, piano, synthesizer, programming); Nick Lashley, Joel Shearer (guitar); Benmont Tench (organ, chamberlin); Chris Chaney (bass); Gary Novak (drums, percussion); Shad T. Scott, Christopher Fogel (programming); Dash Mihok (loop).
Engineers: Christopher R. Fogel, Glen Ballard.
Recorded at Royaltone Studios, Los Angeles, California.
"Thank U" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Alanis Morissette (vocals, flute, harmonica, piano); Glen Ballard (guitar, piano, synthesizer, programming); Joel Shearer, Nick Lashley (guitar); Benmont Tench (organ, chamberlin); Gary Novak (drums, percussion); Chris Fogel, Shad T. Scott (programming).
Audio Mixer: Chris Fogel.
Recording information: Royaltone Studios, L.A., CA.
Photographers: Heather Stanley; Regina Thomas; Dash Mihok; Alanis Morissette.
Alanis has a lot to answer for; in the process of changing the face of '90s pop music, she opened the door to scores of inferior imitators who crowded the charts with their transparent careerist fury. What they missed was the renegade spirit that lurks beneath Morissette's statements off vengeance and dissatisfaction. It's that spirit that enlivens INFATUATION JUNKIE. From awkward title to the unconventional lyrical construction, it's clear that the years between this album and Morisette's previous breakthrough recording have not dulled her iconoclasm or put soft edges on her anger. INFATUATION JUNKIE is at once more immediate and more artfully constructed than its predecessor. Songs like "Baba" are full of thrusting guitars and sledgehammer rhythms, but from "Front Row" to "So Pure," Morissette displays an expanded understanding of pop song mechanics. It's this melodic progression that helps INFATUATION JUNKIE live up to Morissette's daunting past.
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