Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette

MTV Unplugged


I have to admit that I’m a sucker for MTV’s Unplugged episodes. Their top-notch recording crew has the ability to bring out the best live sound of any performer. The acoustic, subdued theater environment doesn’t allow Alanis Morissette to fully express her legendary anger on songs such as “You Oughta Know,” but instead highlights her intimate tendencies. The backing string section and piano adds a strangely eerie element to songs like “Uninvited” and “Joining You.” Morissette wails on most of her big hits as well as three previously unreleased songs, but the surprise of the performance is her excellent interpretation of the Police’s “King of Pain.” This is a great live recording that showcases Morissette’s softer side, and is strongly suited to living room listening.

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