An album by Alanis Morissette has sold as well as the entire discography of, the New York Times magazine recently stated. The album is called "Jagged Little Pill", was released 25 years ago, and actually Morissette, 46 today, wanted to go on an anniversary tour. We all know why that didn't happen. Morissette has just released a new album, "Such Pretty Forks In The Road". It is your ninth. She did not release a record for eight years, during which time she became a mother for the second and third time, moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco, wrote as a columnist for the "Guardian" and started a podcast.
MIRROR: Ms. Morissette, what do you do when your hit "Ironic" suddenly starts playing on the car radio?
Alanis Morissette: (Laughs) I would make it out, but my husband and son would turn it on again and turn it up loud.
MIRROR: Can't you hear the song anymore?
Morissette: I never heard it. I mean, I listen to my music a lot when it's mixed. But generally I don't listen to my music even though I love it.
MIRROR: Why not?
Morissette: I like to express myself and leave something behind, but then move on: What do I want to say something about next? It's not that I don't like to hear my voice. I really like to listen to her. And there are times when songs help me that I wrote ten years earlier. Songs that I can’t even remember writing them because it happened so quickly, then consol me, sometimes they lead me to new knowledge.
MIRROR: When "Jagged Little Pill" came out, the album that made her famous, you were in your early 20s. What advice would you give Alanis Morissette from back then?
Morissette: I would like to help her with people who watch over her well-being. About taking care of herself.
Title: Such Pretty Forks in the Road
Label: RCA GERMANY
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MIRROR: Didn't you take care of yourself back then?
Morissette: One of my biggest addictions is work addiction. When I was, say, when I was 21 years old in Europe, it went something like this: During the day I did a promo, played a show, celebrated a bit with my friends and then came back to the hotel. Then it was day in America. So I stayed up all night and communicated with my American team. And then it was morning. So I almost never slept and worked all the time. Strangely, I was very happy.
"I just have the feeling that portraying myself as someone who has everything under control is not the reality"
MIRROR: On your new album "Such Pretty Forks In The Road" you also sing about addictions and depression. These are topics that you speak openly about. Most people find it difficult. Why is it different with you?
Morissette: I have found that it can be empowering to be authentic about what is going on with me. I just have the feeling that portraying myself as someone who has everything under control is not the reality because there was always a certain intensity in me. It is also part of my job to take something difficult to understand and try to articulate what is going on.
MIRROR: It seems that in the mid-nineties you managed to articulate the attitude to life of young women at the time in your songs. In 1995 the "Rolling Stone" showed you on the cover, the line read "Angry White Woman". Today we have movements like, female self-empowerment has become an important topic of our time – also in pop music. Do you see that as your credit?
Morissette: I think I contributed a lot to it. I rode the top of a wave. When we were with "You Oughta Know" (one of the hit singles from "Jagged Little Pill", editor's note) When the radio stations approached, the answer was: "No, we cannot play this. We are already playing Sinéad O’Connor." Or: "We have met our quota for women, we play Tori Amos."
MIRROR: Because another woman was already on the program, were you rejected?
Morissette: Yes, this has happened more than once. I am glad that this is no longer the case today. In any case, with "Jagged Little Pill" records from women suddenly made a profit. And much of the patriarchy like this: "Uh, money! Let's get it." As much as it was feminist change, it was also an economic one.
MIRROR: "Isn't it ironic?" sang in your hit 1995. Do we live today in times when we could use more irony – or rather more sober clarity?
Morissette: It depends on what you are missing. If things in your life are a little depressing, I would throw in some ease. It's always a question of survival strategy: some of us are ousting. Some of us are running away. Some of us try to control everything. My survival strategy is usually to try to make friends or negotiate with things. Only, however hard I tried, you can't really negotiate with a pandemic.