Alanis Morissette - Unplugged (Music CD)
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Though Morissette is known for songs driven by big, hard-hitting production,
her larger-than-life sound translates surprisingly well to a stripped-down,
acoustic-based approach. Backed by acoustic guitar, piano, and strings (and a
tasteful rhythm section), Alanis scales down the grand scale of her arrangements
for a more intimate, directly communicative effect. Listening to the almost
gentle version of the formerly pile driving "You Oughta Know" will
provide something of a revelation for Morissette's fans. The scathing lyrics
achieve an even more cathartic effect with the contrasting feel of the music,
and the singer/songwriter is revealed as a folk-rocker at heart.
Her previously noted preference for the confessional mode is further underlined here by an earnest version of the Police's soul-searching plaint "King of Pain". Thankfully, Morissette has enough common sense to avoid changing it to "Queen of Pain". The unfettered swoops and glides of her vocal style have more room to flow here as well, and Morissette sounds a bird in full flight throughout.
1. You Learn
2. Joining You
3. No Pressure Over Cappuccino
4. That I Would Be Good
5. Head Over Feet
6. Princes Familiar
7. I Was Hoping
9. These R the Thoughts
10. King of Pain
11. You Oughta Know