Twenty-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Morissette is quickly making a name for herself with this phenomenal U.S. debut. Jagged Little Pill is a constantly surprising, and completely satisfying, collection of rock tunes. Whether the songs are loud and angry, like "All I Really Want" and "You Oughta Know," or are ballads that start with a quaver in her gentle voice and build to something forceful, as in "Perfect" and "Right Through You," they make powerful musical impressions.
Then there are Morissette's clever, cutting lyrics. She directly confronts an ex-lover in "You Oughta Know" ("Every time I scratch my nails down someone else's back I hope you feel it"). And cautiously approaches a new one in "Not the Doctor" ("I don't want to be your mother/I didn't carry you in my womb for nine months"). Between her evocative lyrics and aggressive music, Morissette has concocted a Pill that can be habit-forming. (Maverick/Reprise)