Tiff and I recently did a thought exercise: If you’re going to be on an island forever, etc.:
- If you could only have music from one band, which would it be?
- If you could only have one album, which would it be? (Doesn’t have to be the same band as above. Our picks weren’t.)
Tiff picked Jagged Little Pill for the second one. I was surprised, so I decided to listen to it straight through for the first time in about a decade and objectively evaluate it. And it’s really good — for one, it’s still just as good today as the day it was released, 13 years ago. It’s timeless. And nearly every track is good (an important qualification for this category).
You may not know, but Alanis Morissette recently released an acoustic version of the entire album. It’s not as good as I expected, but it’s not bad.
Sidenote: I don’t usually get into music with female singers. I don’t know exactly why, but I suspect it’s because I can’t easily sing along (it’s usually far out of my range). Or maybe I was just too self-conscious and embarrassed to like music by women. I think Allison Weiss is first female artist I’ve bought music from since Jagged Little Pill.