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Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

Old 04-05-10, 03:12 AM
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Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

I think here last 2 albums were great but they didn't register as hits on the billboard charts like they did in the past and she is probably better than most of the female artists on the charts.


Her performance at the closing ceremonies at the XX1 Winter Olympics was cut off when she sang Wunderkind and NBC showed interviews with the athletes while she sang.

Does she have another blockbuster record in her or will she have to settle as an artist that won't get a lot of radio play anymore?


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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

I used to love her back in the 90s, but she's only had two albums since 2002 and both were really bad IMO, just monotonous singing and melody arrangements.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

I always want to like Alanis more than I actually do. Her first album was great, but afterwards it's hit or miss; mostly miss. Most of her songs are just repeating a phrase while reading a list...

I bought eggs
I bought bacon
I bought jelly and jam
at the Su-PER Mar-KET!

I bought bread
I bought toast
I bought scones and croissants
at the Su-PER Mar-KET!

She somehow made her "shopping list" lyrics work for her once, but after that first album she needed to expand her bag of tricks somehow.

She does do the best cover of My Humps though.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

This thread is ironic.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

I actually think she is still totally relevant. Now, as popular as she was with JLP? She won't ever be that popular again...
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

I was expecting this to be a bumped thread from 2002
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

Originally Posted by Tscott View Post
Her first album was great...
I assume you mean Jagged Little Pill, even though it's technically her third album.

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Yeah before she went from dance-pop to angst ridden alternative. A natural transition.
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Originally Posted by The Infidel View Post
I assume you mean Jagged Little Pill, even though it's technically her third album.
Thank you Infidel.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

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Thank you Infidel.
Thank you terror.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

Originally Posted by Tscott View Post
I always want to like Alanis more than I actually do. Her first album was great, but afterwards it's hit or miss; mostly miss. Most of her songs are just repeating a phrase while reading a list...

I bought eggs
I bought bacon
I bought jelly and jam
at the Su-PER Mar-KET!

I bought bread
I bought toast
I bought scones and croissants
at the Su-PER Mar-KET!

She somehow made her "shopping list" lyrics work for her once, but after that first album she needed to expand her bag of tricks somehow.

She does do the best cover of My Humps though.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

Alanis still makes good music IMO. I thought Flavors Of Entanglement, which was a collaboration with Guy Sigsworth, who was behind some of Bjork's best work, was her best since Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. The real issue is the radio and masses. They only want "angry young woman" Alanis from You Oughta Know and can't accept anything else from her and won't give anything else a shot.

So commercially relevant, not in a decade, but artistically relevant she remains IMO.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

Well, there's not much in mainstream music today that I find very appealing. Even bands and artists that seem still relevant are mostly selling a lot fewer cds than they were before Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and a plethora of artists whose names don't even ring a bell dominated the charts.

It was refreshing to see She & Him make it to number 6, but, while I heard that but don't often look at the charts, I had to wonder what 5 artists were selling more albums than them.

I don't think I'd consider most, if not all of them, more relevant as artists than Alanis still is.

That probably makes me sound a lot older than I actually am.

Really, it would be nice if she had one more gigantic album left in her, because after losing Ryan to Scarlet, I kind of felt bad for her.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca View Post
Does she have another blockbuster record in her or will she have to settle as an artist that won't get a lot of radio play anymore?
Is that how you are defining "relevant"?
If so, then no....I do not believe she will ever release another huge multi-platinum selling album....pretty much only the acts that appeal to the teen audience or the much older demographic (think Susan Boyle buyers) appear to still sell albums in the millions anymore....
However, having said that, having big sales numbers and sold-out arena tours clearly does not define quality of work...personally, I thought her last album was quite solid....she will continue to release albums she likes and wants to do, and her remaining small core fan base will probably be around.....she can probably play smaller venues and sell really well when you consider the additional people who haven't kept up with her later output, but would go to the live show for "mid-90s nostalgia"....
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

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Yeah before she went from dance-pop to angst ridden alternative. A natural transition.
Like she was trying to find her identity. Saw her sing in the movie and soundtrack for "De-Lovely" ruining a Cole Porter song with her vocals. Having said that I couldn't stand her and the popularity of JLP.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

To dvdtalkers, she stays relevant as long they want to put their dicks in her.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

Originally Posted by WMAangel View Post
Is that how you are defining "relevant"?
If so, then no....I do not believe she will ever release another huge multi-platinum selling album....pretty much only the acts that appeal to the teen audience or the much older demographic (think Susan Boyle buyers) appear to still sell albums in the millions anymore....
However, having said that, having big sales numbers and sold-out arena tours clearly does not define quality of work...personally, I thought her last album was quite solid....she will continue to release albums she likes and wants to do, and her remaining small core fan base will probably be around.....she can probably play smaller venues and sell really well when you consider the additional people who haven't kept up with her later output, but would go to the live show for "mid-90s nostalgia"....
I saw her play with Tori Amos. Both did full sets and I believe they took turns in which order they performed. Tori and Alanis one night and Alanis Tori the other night.

Mind you, Tori was still making really great music and Alanis had already slipped a bit. I also considered myself a much bigger Tori fan and had seen her multiple time.

Tori went on and put on a great performance and Alanis came on after and smoked her. The place was electric while she performed.

On topic, both could put out a really good album, and as you mentioned, based on what seems to sell now, they'd both struggle to sell. Both could still fill mid-level arenas, though, in my opinion and probably will for some time because of very loyal fan-bases (especially Tori's).

I do think Tori's stuff has gotten mostly worse over the years and she's also gotten stranger with each passing year. Both seem to be very pleasant people and not divas, which is refreshing.
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

Originally Posted by WMAangel View Post
Is that how you are defining "relevant"?
If so, then no....I do not believe she will ever release another huge multi-platinum selling album....pretty much only the acts that appeal to the teen audience or the much older demographic (think Susan Boyle buyers) appear to still sell albums in the millions anymore....
However, having said that, having big sales numbers and sold-out arena tours clearly does not define quality of work...personally, I thought her last album was quite solid....she will continue to release albums she likes and wants to do, and her remaining small core fan base will probably be around.....she can probably play smaller venues and sell really well when you consider the additional people who haven't kept up with her later output, but would go to the live show for "mid-90s nostalgia"....
Well said (if not well typed).
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Re: Is Alanis Morissette still relevant?

Yeah it is surprising since Sheryl Crow and Mariah Carey still produce hit records (not a fan of either) and they have been around since the 90's and why can't Alanis have similar success?

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