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CD Reviews: Review of The Collection by Alanis Morissette
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The fact of the matter is this: no matter what kind of phenomenon Jagged Little Pill was upon its release, in no way, shape, or fashion has Alanis Morissette ever produced an adequate follow-up. Not to dismiss her post-Pill work altogether, you understand; certainly, the occasional song has emerged – usually one or two per album – that rivals the material from her breakthrough album…but none of her full-length releases have come anywhere close to the overall effect of her Maverick Records debut.

One would think, then, that The Collection – the first compilation of Morissette’s work on Maverick – would actually be pretty solid listening, since, ostensibly, it should cover only the best of the best.

Yeah, not so fast, pal.

Sure, the stuff from Pill that you’d expect is right here, spread out across the album so it isn’t so obvious that there are five tracks taken from that album (no other album gets more than two), and “Head Over Feet,” “Ironic,” “You Learn,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand in My Pocket” were so played to death on the radio and on MTV upon their initial release that you’ll find that you still know them backwards and forwards. The proceedings open, however, with “Thank You,” which has undergone a title adjustment since its initial release on Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (otherwise known as “the difficult follow-up”), where it was known as “Thank U.” Meanwhile, somewhere in Canada, an image consultant is cashing a check for services rendered, having offered Alanis the surprisingly expensive advice that “if you change the ‘U’ back to ‘You,’ it’ll make you seem less like a crazy hippie girl.” (Let’s hope she kept her receipt.) Also from Junkie is “That I Would Be Good,” but it’s a decidedly less memorable souvenir from the disc.

Morissette also includes two back-to-back tracks from her 2004 album, So-Called Chaos, which, despite receiving critical acclaim, didn’t exactly set the Billboard charts afire for an extended period of time; “8 Easy Steps” is an enjoyable 3-minute burst of female angst, while “Everything,” is a sweetly romantic sentiment, inspired by the throes of love. (Alanis was in those throes with Ryan Reynolds, who is now her fiancé, at the time she wrote the album.) Strangely, however, only one song is included from 2002’s Under Rug Swept; sure, the track that’s included – “Hands Clean” – is arguably the single catchiest song Morissette has ever recorded, but surely room could have been made for “Precious Illusions” as well…?

Uh, no.

It’s hard to know where to point the finger of blame, but someone decided that the line between a best-of collection and a rarities set was easily blurred. It is not. While it’s to be expected that this set would be Pill-heavy, a compilation of all of Morissette’s singles is passed over in favor of soundtrack recordings, many of which aren’t exactly the stuff that brings crowds to their feet…except possibly to leave en masse. (In point of fact, there is a three-song sequence – “Mercy,” “Still,” and “Uninvited” – that would put almost anyone to sleep, fan or not.) There’s also a track from her MTV Unplugged performance, as well as two songs from Feast on Scraps, a collection of tracks recorded during the Under Rug Swept sessions that didn’t make the cut for that album. Nice enough stuff if you’re a fan, but it’s clear that there’s enough material to be had for both a best-of and a rarities disc, so why try to force the two together and make one really inconsistent amalgamation that will ultimately please no one?

The obligatory new track – a cover of Seal's "Crazy" – doesn't do the memory of the original version any lasting damage, but given that Alanis is coming off the recycling of Jagged Little Pill into an acoustic form (ostensibly to celebrate the album's 10th anniversary, but probably just because she figured she'd get more sales out of doing that than by recording a brand new album), you'd think the least she could offer her fans is a new composition of her own.

This might be a collection, but it most certainly is not THE collection. Cynics are no doubt already anticipating a so-called “definitive collection” in time for Christmas 2006. Bet on them being right. 

~Will Harris 


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