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"I'm the consistent person throughout all of this, whether I'm wearing sweatpants or whether I'm on stage in front of thousands of people with glitter on - same person, just tapping in to different aspects.” (Alanis Morissette) A down-to-earth global pop star. A deeply spiritual, cerebral powerhouse. A famously outspoken introvert. For her millions of fans, and the few una "I'm the consistent person throughout all of this, whether I'm wearing sweatpants or whether I'm on stage in front of thousands of people with glitter on - same person, just tapping in to different aspects.” (Alanis Morissette) A down-to-earth global pop star. A deeply spiritual, cerebral powerhouse. A famously outspoken introvert. For her millions of fans, and the few unacquainted, defining rock luminary Alanis Morissette is an exercise in dichotomies and nuance. And though her most formidable traits are seemingly at odds with one another, they are, oddly enough, completely emblematic of all of us: complex, conflicting, and, most importantly, ever evolving. But here’s the rub: We don’t like our pop stars that way! Especially when they’re 21, and female, and it’s still the mid-'90s. In her courageously raw and musically rich Words + Music, the inimitable Alanis Morissette draws us right into that central supposed paradox as she opens up about the lifelong process of discovering that her voice is, in fact, composed of a multitude of voices. And despite external forces teaching her to sublimate certain ones as a child (anger, sadness, fear) and later, cultural forces demanding she oughta stick to one as a persona, Alanis has come out on the other side with a sense of peace and gratitude for her - only human - chorus of coexisting internal voices. With her striking command of language and profound emotional fluency, the now 46-year-old covers an enormous amount of personal ground with listeners, unpacking a lifetime of conscious self-discovery in an evocative rumination on her journey as an artist, celebrity, and woman. Listen closely as Alanis weaves her fascinating, funny, at times painful autobiographical story between eight of her most anthemic/kick-ass tracks. If you’re looking for Alanis to perform enthralling new versions of songs like “You Oughta Know”, “Ironic”, “Thank U”, or “Hand in My Pocket”, matched with compelling detail about the tunes and her creative process - well, you’re in the right place. And if you’re looking for Alanis to delve even deeper: to mine, examine, and ultimately make sense of seminal moments in her life as a means to inspire and enlighten your own? Grab your earbuds - you’ll be vastly rewarded! By the end of her captivating session an impressive truth emerges: While most of us do soul search, only the rarest among us have the courage and discipline to actually cultivate what we discover. Alanis Morissette is such an example, willing to constantly listen to herself and respond in kind. After shaking up the world 25 years ago with Jagged Little Pill, hear her today as she continues to reach new heights - this time by revealing the range of her own humanity to help connect us with ours.


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"I'm the consistent person throughout all of this, whether I'm wearing sweatpants or whether I'm on stage in front of thousands of people with glitter on - same person, just tapping in to different aspects.” (Alanis Morissette) A down-to-earth global pop star. A deeply spiritual, cerebral powerhouse. A famously outspoken introvert. For her millions of fans, and the few una "I'm the consistent person throughout all of this, whether I'm wearing sweatpants or whether I'm on stage in front of thousands of people with glitter on - same person, just tapping in to different aspects.” (Alanis Morissette) A down-to-earth global pop star. A deeply spiritual, cerebral powerhouse. A famously outspoken introvert. For her millions of fans, and the few unacquainted, defining rock luminary Alanis Morissette is an exercise in dichotomies and nuance. And though her most formidable traits are seemingly at odds with one another, they are, oddly enough, completely emblematic of all of us: complex, conflicting, and, most importantly, ever evolving. But here’s the rub: We don’t like our pop stars that way! Especially when they’re 21, and female, and it’s still the mid-'90s. In her courageously raw and musically rich Words + Music, the inimitable Alanis Morissette draws us right into that central supposed paradox as she opens up about the lifelong process of discovering that her voice is, in fact, composed of a multitude of voices. And despite external forces teaching her to sublimate certain ones as a child (anger, sadness, fear) and later, cultural forces demanding she oughta stick to one as a persona, Alanis has come out on the other side with a sense of peace and gratitude for her - only human - chorus of coexisting internal voices. With her striking command of language and profound emotional fluency, the now 46-year-old covers an enormous amount of personal ground with listeners, unpacking a lifetime of conscious self-discovery in an evocative rumination on her journey as an artist, celebrity, and woman. Listen closely as Alanis weaves her fascinating, funny, at times painful autobiographical story between eight of her most anthemic/kick-ass tracks. If you’re looking for Alanis to perform enthralling new versions of songs like “You Oughta Know”, “Ironic”, “Thank U”, or “Hand in My Pocket”, matched with compelling detail about the tunes and her creative process - well, you’re in the right place. And if you’re looking for Alanis to delve even deeper: to mine, examine, and ultimately make sense of seminal moments in her life as a means to inspire and enlighten your own? Grab your earbuds - you’ll be vastly rewarded! By the end of her captivating session an impressive truth emerges: While most of us do soul search, only the rarest among us have the courage and discipline to actually cultivate what we discover. Alanis Morissette is such an example, willing to constantly listen to herself and respond in kind. After shaking up the world 25 years ago with Jagged Little Pill, hear her today as she continues to reach new heights - this time by revealing the range of her own humanity to help connect us with ours.

30 review for Alanis Morissette: Words + Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    Another Audible installment of their "Words + Music" series that I first discovered with Eddie Vedder's I Am Mine. The full length is just an hour and a half split between musings with Alanis and acoustic versions of her hit songs. This is perfect for the audiobook mind wanderers like myself. This honestly felt like I was just sitting around shooting the breeze with Alanis. It was a really chill listening experience. I learned a lot of cool facts about how she broke into the music industry and th Another Audible installment of their "Words + Music" series that I first discovered with Eddie Vedder's I Am Mine. The full length is just an hour and a half split between musings with Alanis and acoustic versions of her hit songs. This is perfect for the audiobook mind wanderers like myself. This honestly felt like I was just sitting around shooting the breeze with Alanis. It was a really chill listening experience. I learned a lot of cool facts about how she broke into the music industry and the controlling executives who tried to dictate what a teenage Canadian girl should be singing. You outta know that Alanis is authentic and this interview oozed with authenticity. From her struggles with post partum, to how she randomly met her husband, to overcoming mental health issues, to social activism, to exploring other cultures. Lots of cool stuff. Actually enjoyed this more than Eddie's. It's a must listen for 90's kids.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Why did I listen to a brief memoir by Alanis Morissette? Two simple reasons: 1.) Audible recommend it 2.) I’m a 90s kid. In an era dominated by Nirvana, Green Day & No Doubt comes the voice of a generation. A pissed-off, middle child of history generation. Jagged Little Pill is one of the best-selling albums ever; it was nominated for nine Grammys, winning five, including Album of the Year, making the 21-year-old Morrissette the youngest artist to win the top honor, at the time. Rolling Stone ran Why did I listen to a brief memoir by Alanis Morissette? Two simple reasons: 1.) Audible recommend it 2.) I’m a 90s kid. In an era dominated by Nirvana, Green Day & No Doubt comes the voice of a generation. A pissed-off, middle child of history generation. Jagged Little Pill is one of the best-selling albums ever; it was nominated for nine Grammys, winning five, including Album of the Year, making the 21-year-old Morrissette the youngest artist to win the top honor, at the time. Rolling Stone ranked Jagged Little Pill at # 69 on its 2020 list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" She was the best selling female artist of all time until Shania Twain would dethrone her 5 years later. She was a certified cultural behemoth. In a time when the angst of Millennials was on full display in the nihilistic stylings of Nirvana, Alanis brought the angst, but also the inspiration. Alanis recounts that when she was 11 her parents told her to never feel anger, sad or scared, so naturally those were the subconscious drivers of her music. Since she had been on You Can’t Do That on Television she obviously knew when people say don’t, they only mean they prefer you wouldn’t. The audiobook was like a comfortable chat with a friend you’ve known a lot about but are just getting to know. The emotional vulnerability is on full display which makes the story of 14 year old songwriter seem surprisingly accessible to someone who isn’t 14, or a songwriter, or Canadian. Alanis has a distinct vocabulary and cadence to her sentences that you’d imagine a best-selling wordsmith would. It feels at. Once comfortable, but otherworldly. It’s her world, and if you’d like to be a guest in it for a while; I recommend this audiobook. If Jagged LIttle Pill was part of your youth, then you will probably like this. Thank you, Alanis. Thank you, Audible. Thank you, disillusionment of my youth. “If I had an idea, it was met immediately with let’s do it; a change from those who knew me back in Ottawa saying let’s keep your persona as what Canadians know. I said I was 15 when I wrote that or I was 12 when I wrote that, I’m a grown up now I’m 19! Having moved away and start fresh was an opportunity to write what I want to write.” “Fame was entirely different than I had anticipated it to be. Certainly the whole planet is saying value system wise you want to be famous. I was sold the same bill of goods I imagine everyone is, ‘It will make all your pain go away, takes your trauma away, everyone loves you’, you know…but actually it was quite an isolating experience.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Loved it as a peek into Alanis' mind and music. I especially loved the honesty about her struggles with postpartum mental health and how she prioritizes her emotional recovery from pregnancy and childbirth while still breastfeeding and taking care of her family. I attended her recent JLP25 tour and was thrilled to see a promotional advertisement for Postpartum Support International - an organization close to my heart! The one thing I didn't appreciate about this collection of essays was her very Loved it as a peek into Alanis' mind and music. I especially loved the honesty about her struggles with postpartum mental health and how she prioritizes her emotional recovery from pregnancy and childbirth while still breastfeeding and taking care of her family. I attended her recent JLP25 tour and was thrilled to see a promotional advertisement for Postpartum Support International - an organization close to my heart! The one thing I didn't appreciate about this collection of essays was her very privileged take on being able to go to India and meditate for five hours a day - how very Elizabeth Gilbert of her. Not everyone can afford an Eat Pray Love sojourn in life, and it's not helpful to say everyone should do it. But otherwise, this collection of Words + Music made me love Alanis as an artist even more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    These Audible words + music ones are quick & enjoyable. Alanis is not the cold, angry female I thought she was! She’s quite joyful and giggles a ton as she tells her story, which includes advocacy, exploring other cultures, and PPD after having each of her 3 children. Love a good Canadian accent, too! Her acoustic version of “One Hand in my Pocket” is living rent free in my head ❤️

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    My review is for the Audible version. I really enjoyed hearing the story of Alanis Morissette in her own voice - a speaking voice that is so different from her singing voice! She's not at all the person I assumed she was; she's introverted, deeply introspective, and cerebral. The narrative was interspersed with some of her best songs, and listening to them in this format allowed me to really hear and think about the lyrics. She is definitely a unique voice of our times. My review is for the Audible version. I really enjoyed hearing the story of Alanis Morissette in her own voice - a speaking voice that is so different from her singing voice! She's not at all the person I assumed she was; she's introverted, deeply introspective, and cerebral. The narrative was interspersed with some of her best songs, and listening to them in this format allowed me to really hear and think about the lyrics. She is definitely a unique voice of our times.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Bonney

    Ugh I feel like this was too short for me. Alanis Morissette is so interesting to me. I would give anything to grab a cup of coffee, a comfy blanket and crawl into her brain and just soak her in. I loved her in the 90’s and I still love her now! My all time favorite songs of hers are Ironic and Uninvited!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeny

    As a woman who has aged alongside her and has used her music to help my own feelings be expressed, this audio book was a wonderful journey with a dear friend. I enjoyed her candor and learning more about the story behind the songs.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Winter 2021 (December); Bingo Board Prompt -- Artist Related It was a windfall this year getting to go to the 20th Anniversary concert for Alanis (as my first concert of hers) and getting to listen to this personal rendition of stories behind her songs, as well as live recordings of some of her very best.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    A short interview-type memoir showcasing Alanis Morissette's life, songwriting, and music. I learned a lot about her and experienced some of her songs acoustically. I enjoyed it. A short interview-type memoir showcasing Alanis Morissette's life, songwriting, and music. I learned a lot about her and experienced some of her songs acoustically. I enjoyed it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patti Bradley

    I love this and especially the narration by Alanis. Her sense of humor and way of looking back at everything is great. She laughs at her reputation as an angry young female singer. And best of all, I loved her acoustic versions of her songs. Well done.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dori Sabourin

    I'm the consistent person throughout all of this, whether I'm wearing sweatpants or whether I'm on stage in front of thousands of people with glitter on—same person; just tapping into different aspects." —Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette, as a child, was told not to express anger, sadness, or fear. As an adult, she discovered that her voice is, in fact, composed of a multitude of voices. Cultural forces have demanded that she stick to one voice as a persona. Instead, Alanis has come out on the I'm the consistent person throughout all of this, whether I'm wearing sweatpants or whether I'm on stage in front of thousands of people with glitter on—same person; just tapping into different aspects." —Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette, as a child, was told not to express anger, sadness, or fear. As an adult, she discovered that her voice is, in fact, composed of a multitude of voices. Cultural forces have demanded that she stick to one voice as a persona. Instead, Alanis has come out on the other side with a sense of peace and gratitude for her—only-human—chorus of coexisting internal voices. With her striking command of language and profound emotional fluency, the now 46-year-old covers an enormous amount of personal ground with listeners, unpacking a lifetime of conscious self-discovery in an evocative rumination on her journey as an artist, celebrity, and woman. Alanis weaves her fascinating, funny, at times, painful autobiographical story between eight of her most anthemic/kick-ass tracks. In this Audible Original, Alanis performs enthralling new versions of songs like "You Oughta Know," "Ironic," "Thank U," or "Hand in My Pocket," matched with compelling detail about the tunes and her creative process. Alanis delves even deeper: to mine, examine, and ultimately make sense of seminal moments in her life as a means to inspire and enlighten. She confides of all addictions that the Love Addiction was for her the hardest to overcome. By the end of her captivating session an impressive truth emerges: in doing a soul search, she has the courage and discipline to actually cultivate what she discovers; constantly listening to herself and responding in kind. After shaking up the world 25 years ago with Jagged Little Pill, today she continues to reach new heights: this time by revealing the range of her own humanity to help connect us with ours.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Loved it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    W.J. Cintron

    If you like Alanis and her music this is a gem! It also includes live music! I love her. She’s such an intelligent, spiritual and old soul. Her lyrics and music got me through a very difficult time in my life. I LOVE her rawness and the way her lyrics speak and vent and move through any given space in time. Her songs never get old. They are not just lyrics, she pours part of her soul and knowledge when she writes. Listening to her speak about her life, career, creative path was a thrill. I wish I If you like Alanis and her music this is a gem! It also includes live music! I love her. She’s such an intelligent, spiritual and old soul. Her lyrics and music got me through a very difficult time in my life. I LOVE her rawness and the way her lyrics speak and vent and move through any given space in time. Her songs never get old. They are not just lyrics, she pours part of her soul and knowledge when she writes. Listening to her speak about her life, career, creative path was a thrill. I wish I could have the blessing of meeting her one day.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Louise

    Autobiography. Liked reading about her real thoughts about her life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie Barbar

    I really enjoyed the audible version of this book because it includes music throughout.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leah Agirlandaboy

    These Audible Words and Music sessions are not books, but they’re nice primers for people who like music but don’t read a lot about musicians. I like what Alanis says about money just being a form of energy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    So so good! Quick and personal and made me love her music more

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Awesome... but seriously... how could it not have been!?!?!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gennifer

    A wonderfully performed story interspersed with some of Morissette’s music. It’s very powerful and Morissette is such an interesting and grounded person.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie (ohio_is_for_readers)

    This was my first Words + Music and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Every song she did and went over are among my favorites of all time. I like a lot of her side stories too. Like I had no idea she was a twin! The audio was TERRIBLE (which bugs me). I literally skipped all the song performances because I couldn't stand how bad they sounded. But I would still recommend this for the stories. It's short and sweet. :) This was my first Words + Music and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Every song she did and went over are among my favorites of all time. I like a lot of her side stories too. Like I had no idea she was a twin! The audio was TERRIBLE (which bugs me). I literally skipped all the song performances because I couldn't stand how bad they sounded. But I would still recommend this for the stories. It's short and sweet. :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bryan J. Pitchford, MFA

    I did not give Alanis Morissette enough credit when she was ruling the airwaves. It wasn't my type of music at the time. Listening to this audiobook was eye-opening and I really enjoyed listening to her stories. I also greatly appreciated the unplugged, seemingly private performances of her songs. Not quite my personal favorite, but this has all the makings of a great book; take a listen! I did not give Alanis Morissette enough credit when she was ruling the airwaves. It wasn't my type of music at the time. Listening to this audiobook was eye-opening and I really enjoyed listening to her stories. I also greatly appreciated the unplugged, seemingly private performances of her songs. Not quite my personal favorite, but this has all the makings of a great book; take a listen!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    I know I say this with each of Audible's Words and Music offerings, but this is the BEST one to date. It was just that damned good! Audible just earned their March subscription fee with this bad boy. The story was AMAZING (read by the author, of course), but I was dancing and singing at my desk while listening to it. Just pure enjoyment. I know I say this with each of Audible's Words and Music offerings, but this is the BEST one to date. It was just that damned good! Audible just earned their March subscription fee with this bad boy. The story was AMAZING (read by the author, of course), but I was dancing and singing at my desk while listening to it. Just pure enjoyment.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark Cubillos

    I’m going to admit to bias righty from the start because I love Alanis Morrisette and her music for a long time. The quality and the storytelling of this book are enough for the five stars. Take some time, put headphones on and lose yourself in the music of one of the greatest song storytellers in history.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gilbert Stack

    I was a big fan of Jagged Little Pill (like so many millions of other people) although I never really followed Alanis’ music after that album. Still, when I noticed this Audible Original I decided to learn a little bit more about the artist. This is a very quick listen and it’s nice to hear the music again too.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Whimsyone

    Entertaining enough, the excerpts read like answers to questions. Nothing very deep or revealing. Some snippets of music included. 90s fans will enjoy. Still curious about her book, though. This is a quick listen.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    If you’re a fan of her this is a great way to dive deeper into her words and music (as the title implies.) I took my time with it, one section at a time but have recommended it to many people since starting it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kinyorda Sliwiak

    If you liked VH1 storytellers this series is for you. Really enjoy hearing about the author's process, how they became famous, the stories behind the songs, etc. An essential listen for people who became adults in the 90's and had Alanis as the soundtrack for so many moments. If you liked VH1 storytellers this series is for you. Really enjoy hearing about the author's process, how they became famous, the stories behind the songs, etc. An essential listen for people who became adults in the 90's and had Alanis as the soundtrack for so many moments.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    The personal anecdotes felt rather disjointed, but I enjoyed hearing about her music from her own voice. I find her speaking voice and accent delightful.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Pekarski

    I enjoyed learning Alanis' story and musical process. Her life is very interesting. It was great to learn about her songs and some meanings. I enjoyed learning Alanis' story and musical process. Her life is very interesting. It was great to learn about her songs and some meanings.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Spiegel

    It was interesting.

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