An influential album that means so much to me, even after twenty-three years, is Alanis Morrisette’s Jagged Little Pill.
Morrisette’s trailblazing third studio album, and international debut, spoke to me. It was angry, urgent and directive, supplying a poetic narrative for heartbreak and frustration and showing that female anger could be powerful. A rebellion against the patriarchy – the kind of men who would “take a long hard look at your ass and then play golf for a while” – it gave women a voice, this time through alt-rock.
More so, it’s twelve tracks of really excellent music. Jagged Little Pill is one of the defining albums of the 1990s, and for me – of my life.
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette, 1995. Chosen by writer & journalist Nicola Greenbrook.