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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 into 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 unacqua "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 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’re 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—she again delivers. 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 into 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 unacqua "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 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’re 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—she again delivers. 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. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    At 1.5 hours this is really just a snippet of her wonderful personality (oh, and she sings too 😉). This pairs well with a glass of wine, a comfy chair and a penchant for giggles. At 1.5 hours this is really just a snippet of her wonderful personality (oh, and she sings too 😉). This pairs well with a glass of wine, a comfy chair and a penchant for giggles.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Tam

    Loved this - short but sweet and sincere and as a huge fan of her from the 90’s and her musical which I saw on Broadway in Feb 2020 right before the pandemic - it was so wonderful to read this and a bit about her life and process and songs

  3. 4 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    4 Stars This was around 100 minutes of reflection plus 8 songs sung acoustically. It was like the perfect blast to the past, and evidently I really enjoyed my visit as it brought back memories of my perceived angsty YA days! Ha! Again, this is a new series offered by Audible.com, and I look forward to more!

  4. 5 out of 5

    andy

    Wow. Even if you don’t like Alanis Morissette’s music, but like poetry, philosophy, or that sheer pleasure you get when an artist grabs her rich diction an cuts herself open for you to see, you might quite enjoy this short audible production. Morissette is both, the painter and the curator of her beautiful expressive exposition. It is a perfect match for a a cup of tea, or a glass of wine on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Headsets on and within minutes Morissette will throw you for a swim in a sea of e Wow. Even if you don’t like Alanis Morissette’s music, but like poetry, philosophy, or that sheer pleasure you get when an artist grabs her rich diction an cuts herself open for you to see, you might quite enjoy this short audible production. Morissette is both, the painter and the curator of her beautiful expressive exposition. It is a perfect match for a a cup of tea, or a glass of wine on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Headsets on and within minutes Morissette will throw you for a swim in a sea of emotions. I forgot about the craziness outside for a couple of hours. I meditated for about an hour after the book and it was the first time in a long period that I had to allow myself at least fifteen minutes to shush the prefrontal cortex before I could finally feel rooted to the floor.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joe Kraus

    I came to Alanis Morrissette all wrong. I suppose I knew her hits, and I remember the controversy around “Ironic” misunderstanding the concept of irony, but I had very little idea of her during her heyday. Instead, the first time I really paid attention to her was when she did a cover of The Black-Eyed Peas’s “My Humps.” Her version was both a send-up and a celebration of a generally silly danceable hit. At the same time, it seemed really to be saying something. The original had Fergie doing an a I came to Alanis Morrissette all wrong. I suppose I knew her hits, and I remember the controversy around “Ironic” misunderstanding the concept of irony, but I had very little idea of her during her heyday. Instead, the first time I really paid attention to her was when she did a cover of The Black-Eyed Peas’s “My Humps.” Her version was both a send-up and a celebration of a generally silly danceable hit. At the same time, it seemed really to be saying something. The original had Fergie doing an audio striptease, a look-at-how-sexy-I-am vamp. Morrissette turned into something vulnerable. She slowed it down, showing a strange mixture of vulnerability and introspection. Here was a woman reflecting on herself rather than bump-and-grinding for the crowd. And, of course, she made it funny. It took me a while even after that to get fully into her music, but I did spend a recent stretch watching and re-watching a YouTube concert where she simply owns the stage. She can take average material and give it power, and then at least a couple of hers – “You Oughta Know” and “Hand in My Pocket” in particular – are terrific songs. So, when she talks here of being seen as a perpetually angry songwriter who sometimes seems to eat men for breakfast, it’s a different artist than I know. I never really saw the angry young feminist. Instead, I saw someone expressing herself through song, digging some of her notes from deep in her lungs and letting others soar. In other words, the artist I came to admire is very much the artist we meet in this short Audible production. She is, above all, good-humored and comfortable in her skin. She laughs a lot, and she is as unpretentious as any famous person could possibly be. Unlike similar Audible productions – most recently for me the James Taylor – this one makes no pretense about being a memoir. Instead, it’s a fascinating person telling her story. There’s an appealing sloppiness here. It feels as if an interviewer is asking her questions and then getting edited out. The result is a kind of life story with only tiny gaps. She talks about the different chapters of her life, sings her songs, and keeps going. She’s so appealing that it almost feels as if she is about to say, “That’s enough about me. I’d like to hear about you.” This is probably too short and not ambitious enough as a project for me to give it five stars, but it’s as good as I can imagine one of these productions being. Like the best music memoir, it makes me want to listen to her music again. And, while I liked her before this, it moves her up even higher in my estimation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    As a Canadian girl living in the '90s, I played " Jagged Little Pill" until my cassette wore out in the stereo. So this Audible Original was an insta-click. I loved listening to Alanis as she discusses her musical and spiritual journey while also playing some of her greatest hits. It was certainly 91 minutes of absolute bliss. Goodreads review published 11/01/20 As a Canadian girl living in the '90s, I played " Jagged Little Pill" until my cassette wore out in the stereo. So this Audible Original was an insta-click. I loved listening to Alanis as she discusses her musical and spiritual journey while also playing some of her greatest hits. It was certainly 91 minutes of absolute bliss. Goodreads review published 11/01/20

  7. 5 out of 5

    MM Suarez

    Short but lovely Audible Original narrated by the author, great format Words + Music is just that, the sound quality and story telling are excellent, enjoyed it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    PelicanFreak

    Worth a listen, if you're a fan. I put the speed up to 1.75, since she talks annoyingly slowly anyway, so it took under an hour. There's some music mixed in. Acoustic versions of: 'You Oughtta Know' 'Ironic' 'Thank You, India' 'Hands Clean' ('Uninvited' (Also epic.) ‘Smiling’ (Def had to appreciate how she hit the super-high notes in this one!) ‘Hand In My Pocket’ (Sounds amazing!) [I have to say when she bragged about her work ethic and rarely canceling shows, even when she has laryngitis, I was annoye Worth a listen, if you're a fan. I put the speed up to 1.75, since she talks annoyingly slowly anyway, so it took under an hour. There's some music mixed in. Acoustic versions of: 'You Oughtta Know' 'Ironic' 'Thank You, India' 'Hands Clean' ('Uninvited' (Also epic.) ‘Smiling’ (Def had to appreciate how she hit the super-high notes in this one!) ‘Hand In My Pocket’ (Sounds amazing!) [I have to say when she bragged about her work ethic and rarely canceling shows, even when she has laryngitis, I was annoyed because I've had tickets to many canceled Alanis shows. ;) Is it just me on this? :) ] But an interesting, short listen. 4 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jaymie

    An audible original & a Quick little listen. Alanis was my teenage soundtrack along with Jewel, the Cranberries, Sarah McLachlan & Tori Amos... along with others. I loved listening to her just tell about herself and her musical talent. Intermingled with some of her songs. Me & my sister had tickets to her concert this last June in 2020 so sad that it got cancelled. She is down to earth, fun and kinda chaotic. I like it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    If you are a fan of Alanis Morissette then you are really going to enjoy this little short book. I can remember being 14 years old and jamming out to her "Jagged Little Pill" album in my bedroom for hours and hours. So for me, this was really enjoyable. It's very random, jumps around to little stories, talks about a song and then she plays it acoustically. Sometimes in a way that you have never heard before. And it was really interesting to see that I was totally wrong about what two of her song If you are a fan of Alanis Morissette then you are really going to enjoy this little short book. I can remember being 14 years old and jamming out to her "Jagged Little Pill" album in my bedroom for hours and hours. So for me, this was really enjoyable. It's very random, jumps around to little stories, talks about a song and then she plays it acoustically. Sometimes in a way that you have never heard before. And it was really interesting to see that I was totally wrong about what two of her songs were about. I just really liked it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I wrote a review. It disappeared. I had a quote by the artist and my thoughts after finishing up listening to the music / memoir book. That’s in 2020 now! Ha! I did enjoy it and learned a lot about the artist I didn’t know previously. I had fun retracing Jagged Little Pill. I didn’t realize she got her start so young in music or I forgot. There are some great lines / quotes from “Alanis.”

  12. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Definitely worth a listen if you’re a fan of Alannis. There were some unplugged versions of her hits that were really cool, both because of the fresh new arrangements and the fact they were inserted under the context of her story and thoughts. I really enjoyed it :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I enjoyed this quick listen, but it was edited a little strangely. It seems as though maybe she was being interviewed but they edited the interviewer out so that it would seem more like she was speaking in a stream-of-conscious kind of way. I loved hearing her stories, but I was just a little off-put by the editing. I will never tire of hearing acoustic versions of her most popular songs, though. Alanis was one of my first live concerts and was a very important musical influence in my formative I enjoyed this quick listen, but it was edited a little strangely. It seems as though maybe she was being interviewed but they edited the interviewer out so that it would seem more like she was speaking in a stream-of-conscious kind of way. I loved hearing her stories, but I was just a little off-put by the editing. I will never tire of hearing acoustic versions of her most popular songs, though. Alanis was one of my first live concerts and was a very important musical influence in my formative years. It's really empowering to hear how she talks about music and lyrics as a way to get emotions out of her body in a safe way. At only about 90 minutes, I recommend this to anyone that enjoys Alanis Morissette.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ximon

    This is very short it could be longer but I still enjoyed it. If you are a fan you will like it, its basically a short bio on Alanis and some background information on her songs and how they came to be. The best part is you are listening to Alanis tell her story and then you get a short explanation on a song and then she sings it. And they are originals, meaning it's not her album version but it sounds like she singing them now and they have some slight differences at least I noticed it in song This is very short it could be longer but I still enjoyed it. If you are a fan you will like it, its basically a short bio on Alanis and some background information on her songs and how they came to be. The best part is you are listening to Alanis tell her story and then you get a short explanation on a song and then she sings it. And they are originals, meaning it's not her album version but it sounds like she singing them now and they have some slight differences at least I noticed it in song Ironic. Great to listen, a combination of story telling and song.

  15. 4 out of 5

    J

    This was lovely. I want to be her friend and go to one of her meditation circles.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Oh man this took my #jaggedlittlepill self back. It was very enlightening. I didn't know she was a twin. I love in her voice for her music was very special. Oh man this took my #jaggedlittlepill self back. It was very enlightening. I didn't know she was a twin. I love in her voice for her music was very special.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lindsy

    If this Words+Music Audiobook (an Audible Original) was put into print I think it would be considered a memoir-novella (is that a thing?!) I thoroughly enjoyed this - Alanis is a pleasure to listen to, and I loved how natural it felt hearing her speak. It was like she was in the room, and I almost expected her to start asking me questions. It was really cool learning the backstories to certain songs, throughout varying parts of her career. Also, the musical performances included were AH-MAH-ZING If this Words+Music Audiobook (an Audible Original) was put into print I think it would be considered a memoir-novella (is that a thing?!) I thoroughly enjoyed this - Alanis is a pleasure to listen to, and I loved how natural it felt hearing her speak. It was like she was in the room, and I almost expected her to start asking me questions. It was really cool learning the backstories to certain songs, throughout varying parts of her career. Also, the musical performances included were AH-MAH-ZING!!!! I will definitely go back just to listen to the songs again!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen (LOHF/Book Den)

    I'm such a fan of Alanis Morissette. I've had the pleasure of watching her live a few times over the years. She's an incredible artist. I enjoyed listening to Alanis talk about her career and her process in her own words. I didn't find a lot new here about her recording history, but there was new insight for me about her family and being mother. A huge bonus was new performances of her songs mixed in throughout the entire audiobook. Just incredible. If you love Alanis, I highly recommend spending I'm such a fan of Alanis Morissette. I've had the pleasure of watching her live a few times over the years. She's an incredible artist. I enjoyed listening to Alanis talk about her career and her process in her own words. I didn't find a lot new here about her recording history, but there was new insight for me about her family and being mother. A huge bonus was new performances of her songs mixed in throughout the entire audiobook. Just incredible. If you love Alanis, I highly recommend spending some time listening to this. It's lovely.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bethann

    Always great to hear from Alanis!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    If you like Alanis I highly recommend listening to this audio, did not disappoint :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alisha Lopez

    4 1/2 overall Performance 5 star Story was a 4 star. I loved how it had music in it though.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    If you grew up in the 90s, or found Alanis later on, this is great! It's great to hear her story in her own words, and the acoustic versions of her songs are amazing! If you grew up in the 90s, or found Alanis later on, this is great! It's great to hear her story in her own words, and the acoustic versions of her songs are amazing!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Morse

    It was ok. Good background noise for an hour and a half.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Gionette

    Liked it. It is an audible original. Short to the point. She sings some songs tells some tales. I liked it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline McLean

    I loved getting to hear her talk about her music and life journey. Her acoustic renditions of some of my favorites were so soul baring and beautiful. I love her!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This is just a small snippet of her life and her music, but really enjoyable to listen too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    JT

    Really enjoyed her perspective on her life/fame/music. It was a short audible book, but very good. I can see myself "reading" again. Really enjoyed her perspective on her life/fame/music. It was a short audible book, but very good. I can see myself "reading" again.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Love her!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donald Kirby

    Amazing!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I really enjoyed this short listen from Alanis about her rise to fame in the music industry. She gave insights to where her music lyrics came from and what I enjoyed most were the acoustic versions of many of her songs. There are some audiobooks that I like to listen to with my earbuds and this was definitely one of those. Worth listening to.

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