Twenty years after Jagged Little Pill turned Alanis Morissette into one of the Nineties’ most brutally honest voices, the singer-songwriter is dusting off her once-buried demos for part of the soon-to-be-released 1995 LP’s four-disc collector’s edition, out October 30th. Listen to one of those bonus tracks, “Closer Than You Might Believe,” exclusively here.
“So if the love that you’re chasing after is in the heart to be found in the out of reach,” Morissette sings on the folk-pop tune’s chorus. “Well, if you break it all down, take a good look around, you’d see that it’s closer than you might believe.”
“this song was from the songs that glen ballard and i wrote together leading up to the writing of jagged little pill,” Morissette told Rolling Stone in a statement. “this was when we were writing music and lyrics together. once we got into the zone, after the writing of ‘ironic,’ i would go on to write the lyrics myself, and the music with glen. this song was about my lamenting the fact that i was relegated to the ‘friend zone’ with someone i cared deeply about in a romantic way. I had yet to begin writing as intensely or autobiographically. that began as soon as we wrote the song ‘perfect.'”
Earlier this month, Morissette debuted a more harmonica-heavy demo titled “Superstar Wonderful Weirdos.” “Having been labeled many things — weird, intense, intimidating, scary, psychobabbler, and my favorite: ‘too much,’ I wanted to write a song about having all these qualities within me to contend with, in a world that loves to reduce and categorize,” the singer told Billboard.
The Jagged Little Pill reissue also includes a bit of significant songwriting history for Morissette: “The Bottom Line,” the demo for the first song she wrote with Ballard, the producer of the smash-hit record.
Along with a 2015 remaster of the original LP, a 1oth-anniversary acoustic version and the aforementioned demos, the collector’s edition of the album will also feature a previously unreleased live album, recorded at a 1995 concert at London’s Subterranea. At the show, Morissette was backed by a touring band called Sexual Chocolate that featured a solid collection of all-stars, including Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and Jane’s Addiction’s Chris Chaney.