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Alanis Morissette at Xfinity Center, July 9, 2024

Alanis Morissette at Xfinity Center, July 9, 2024

Concert Reviews

“Jagged Little Pill” added pizzazz to the setlist, but there were enough changes and additions to keep the proceedings looking fresh.

Alanis Morissette returned to Mansfield on Tuesday night. Courtesy Photo / Christopher Split

Twenty-five years ago this month, Alanis Morissette performed on the Saturday of Woodstock ’99, the only woman to headline any of the festival’s main stages that day. Four years after the release of her monstrous, multi-award-winning record Jagged Little Pill and less than a year after its successful follow-up Alleged Ex-Passion AddictMorissette’s appearance at the infamous event temporarily calmed the machismo-filled crowd, which was set to rock sets from Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit and Metallica that same day. Needless to say, while Morissette’s voice would go on to define a generation, at that moment, the songwriter had to sing extra loudly to be truly heard.

On Tuesday night, Morissette’s Triple Moon Tour played to a packed crowd at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, as many will remember Jagged Little PillA live broadcast of . Many others wouldn’t be born for another decade. Opening sets by country rocker Morgan Wade and glam rock royalty Joan Jett and the Blackhearts provided doses of Alanis-influenced and Alanis-influenced, respectively, and kicked off a timeline-spanning motif that would act as a common thread throughout the night.

Before Morissette took the stage, a video montage outlined her journey from her beginnings as a child actress, to her rise to stardom in the mid-’90s, to her activism and social message, to the many artists who have been inspired by her music.

Opening with “Hand in My Pocket,” the songwriter immediately gave the audience a chorus to contribute to, using her harmonica for the first time all night to give the 1995 track even more life. “Right Through You” kept the singing energy going, with Morissette singing a critique of male label abuses of power and gender equality statistics running through the background.

A quick glance at the crowd showed fans of all ages chanting the same words, perhaps a side effect of their 2018 success. Jagged Little Pill the musical (which came to Broadway a year after first performing at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge) or perhaps it’s a testament to the incredible staying power of the artist’s catalog.

2020’s “Reasons I Drink” and 2002’s “Hands Clean” did not make the top spots.Rugged Among the songs Morissette performed, the former evokes a Sara Bareilles-style piano-driven ballad that would be at home on a stage all its own, while the latter forms a distinct bridge between ’90s post-grunge choruses and ’00s adult-alternative softness.

Throughout the set, Morissette and her band transitioned between songs with interludes that highlighted some of her deeper cuts. The most captivating of these was a hypnotic rendition of “Forgiven,” marked by chime guitars as the vocalist weaved through the falsetto wisps of the tune’s chorus. This segued perfectly into one of the set’s biggest highlights, “You Learn.” Once again, the crowd responded to Morissette’s inspired delivery, a reflection of the song’s effectiveness as a timeless life-music anthem.

The band shed some of their vocal layers to perform a more stripped-down set of songs, a perfect format for a meditative ballad like “Flinch.” Swept Under the RugMorissette’s vocal brilliance peaked during “Mary Jane,” a song whose message was a devastating tale of an eating disorder made all the more poignant by the singer’s ability to pull back at key moments while maintaining her voice during the most powerful lyrics. The song was enhanced by a band setup that included Spanish-inspired nylon-string guitar and a low trumpet solo.

Plugging back in for the rest of the set, the singer invited a young fan named Nia on stage to launch into the haunting “Ironic.” The eager vocalist took on the task with aplomb as Morissette looked on proudly before taking over the baton for the second verse. The choruses pulsed from the pavilion to the grass, with everyone in attendance reflecting the lyrics back to her.

More Jagged Little Pill The classics powered the rest of the set, but Morissette and her band injected subtle arrangement tweaks that provided fresh perspectives on fan favorites and honored the sing-along quality fans embrace most. This was most evident on title track “All I Really Want,” which propelled wah-guitar solos and highlighted milestones as the song coalesced. “You Oughta Know” established her as the karaoke hero everyone knew, fanning the flames with every line Morissette shared with gusto.

Alanis Morissette leaned heavily into her album “Jagged Little Pill” on Tuesday night. – Courtesy Photo / Christopher Split

“Thank U” may be the songwriter’s biggest hit in the world Jagged Little Pill The tracklisting bid the audience goodnight with gratitude for their support and growing fandom over the years. The replay wasn’t just about her journey over the last few decades, it also showcased where she stands as a major influence among the women who dominate today’s Billboard charts.

While Morissette stood stoically but seemingly alone among the bro-rock headliners at Woodstock ’99, 25 years later we’re at a point where artists like Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Kelly Clarkson, and Chappell Roan are leading the conversation, setting the creative bar, and bringing new perspectives to today’s listeners. It’s no coincidence that each of these musicians cite Alanis Morissette as a major inspiration and honor her in their own way.

While Morissette’s catalog lives on nostalgically in the hearts of many fans, it’s clear the songwriter continues to forge a path into the future with great purpose and impact.

Alanis Morissette’s setlist for July 9, 2024 at Xfinity Center

  • My hand is in my pocket
  • Right Inside You
  • Reasons I Drink
  • A Man (fragment)
  • Hands Clean
  • I can’t (part)
  • Lens
  • I Apologize to Myself (part)
  • Head on Foot
  • Forgiven (part)
  • You learn
  • He wouldn’t come (part)
  • Smiling
  • I Stay (part)
  • To relax
  • Mary Jane
  • Startle
  • Perfect
  • Ironic
  • Not a doctor
  • Are You Still Angry (track)
  • The Only Thing I Really Want
  • Sympathetic Character (part)
  • You should know

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