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This review is from: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Audio CD)
Jettisoning the bubblegum pop that made her a star in her native Canada, Alanis Morisette proceeded to release 1995's "Jagged Little Pill" - a hugely successful record with whose bitter lyrics and hormonal rage teenagers all over the world could identify. Naturally, this would be a tough act to follow for any artist.
However, Alanis released "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie", an album obviously inspired by her travels to India, which, although initially rejected by the bulk of her huge fanbase, is arguably better than its predecessor. A brave move by anyone's standards, "Junkie" is a deeply introspective showcase of Alanis as a grown-up woman who embraces her flaws and seems determined to recover from her past.
Whether she is condemning fake gurus ("Baba"), aching for respect ("Would Not Come"), coming to terms with her family ("The Couch") or simply letting go and enjoying herself ("So Pure"), Alanis sets the unique swoon of her vocals to the swirling, multi-layered universe of eastern music and succeeds in delivering a masterpiece of emotion.
Though sometimes alienating, and nowhere near as catchy as "Pill", "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" was never really meant for top-of-the-charts appeal. Instead, it is a textured vision of Alanis' psyche; a battleground for issues, fears and self-doubt to clash and blend - in short, it is one the best albums of the '90s, and definitely one to buy.