Jagged Little Pill Acoustic - Alanis Morissette
Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
  1. Though pretty, the stripped-down treatment... is mostly free of innovation, softening rather than sharpening the originals' enjoyably jagged edges. [17 June 2005, p.79]
  2. It's a pleasant enough listen, but it's hard to see the point of the album.
  3. A nice enough idea, but being much quieter and more pastoral, it is also somewhat anti-climactic. [Aug 2005, p.128]
  4. For a woman who once used lyrics to shock listeners, there's nothing terribly shocking about this new CD.
  5. Morissette turns in a powerful and nuanced vocal performance over these lighter but layered arrangements. [16 Jun 2005, p.98]
  6. For the most part, what was once electrifying is now stripped of almost all of its energy and novelty.
  7. 40
    A second rate version of the original. [Sep 2005, p.102]
  8. 40
    Despite scattered flashes of uncharacteristic lightness, she rarely tempers the fury that drove the originals with the more accepting perspective that's guided her subsequent efforts. [Jul 2005, p.119]
  9. 30
    It was the anger and angst of a jilted 20-year-old that gave the original songs their edge--something entirely absent from these blandly matured acoustic versions. [Aug 2005, p.90]
  10. Like Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells II and Meat Loaf's Back Into Hell, it doesn't so much play as fall out of the speakers with a flump: the sound of a towel being thrown in.
  11. The once fist-raising anthems for the Lilith generation have been replaced by the bland.
  12. Stripped of the rough guitars and eclectic production of the original, two things are exposed - those words and that voice. Neither fare well.
  13. Where the was once teen angst, there is nowt but middle-aged resignation. And no, the lyrics to ‘Ironic’ still aren’t bloody ironic.
  14. In the end, this can't even make you feel angry; just desperately sad. [16 Jul 2005, p.50]
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 17 out of 35
  1. Apr 4, 2012
    8
    Jagged Litte Pill was a fantastic album and this stripped down acoustic version just shows how excellent the songs on the original are, a great take on a classic album Full Review »