Canadian superstar musician Alanis Morissette criticizes HBO for the new documentary Jagged, based on the making of her hit album, Jagged Little Pill.
Canadian superstar Alanis Morissette has voiced and criticized the HBO documentary, Chased, which follows on from her early career and gained notoriety. The singer shot to public attention in 1995 with her internationally released major debut, Jagged Little Pill. The album became a worldwide sensation and made Morissette a household name in the world of alternative rock and one of the most popular recording artists of the 90’s. ‘Jagged Little Pill’, regularly named one of the greatest albums of the 1990s, continues to gain popularity, enjoy two successful reissues and sell 33 million copies worldwide. The Canadian star has since released 6 studio albums, and in addition, Morissette has also worked as an actress and appeared on popular and successful TV series such as Limit your enthusiasm and Sex and the city.
Morissette began her career as a professional musician in 1991 at the age of 17 with the release of her debut album, Alanis. The record was a dance-pop album released only in Canada, and was followed by a similar-sounding second attempt, Now is the time, in 1992. None of the albums were a huge commercial success, and this led to Morissette deciding to rediscover her career, with a darker, rockier sound. She collaborates with songwriter and producer Glen Ballard and works on an experimental style, as well as more personal lyrics, that would form her record-third studio album.
The lasting legacy of Jagged Little Pill is of such a nature that HBO commissioned the documentary Chased, which sets out Morissette’s life and career at the time. But according to THR, the Ottawa resident unexpectedly spoke out against the documentary, calling it ominous and reductive. She accuses HBO of misleading her about the direction the film would take, and refuses to support its release. The Washington Post was the first to report that the star would not be attending the screening of the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and after an interview with THR, the 47-year-old has the following to say:
“I was engrossed in a false sense of security, and their ominous agenda appeared immediately when I saw the first episode of the film. It was then that I knew our visions were in fact painfully divergent. That was not the story I was telling. agreed to tell.I sit here and experience the full impact of trusting someone who does not justify being trusted.Unlike many ‘stories’ and unauthorized biographies that have been there over the years, this contains implications and facts that are simply not true. “
After a feature film in Kevin Smith Dogma, originally titled God: the movie, as well as the documentary Sensitive: the untold story, Alanis is clearly no stranger to being in front of the camera, but it’s probably still a fresh and unpleasant experience for the singer. It is also worth noting that this is not the first time the outspoken singer has been in the middle of a dispute. The song “You Oughta Know” on Jagged Little Pill remains controversial to this day as a raw, angry exposure of an ex-boyfriend that Morissette still refused to name.
Following a successful Jagged Little Pill scene adaptation in 2018, as well as a 26-year anniversary tour that Morissette is currently in the midst of, this recent unveiling will definitely bring the original album back into the public consciousness. While obviously not one of the best music documentaries currently available, Alanis fans will no doubt be eager to watch the documentary, despite her comments. However, they should be clear about the singer’s dissatisfaction with the film, and that it is not in her words the story she agreed to tell, nor the full story of Jagged Little Pill.
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