Here is Alanis Morissette‘s discography ranked according to specialized metacritics:
With the recent release of Such Pretty Forks in the Road (2020), Alanis Mosissette presented a kind of return that was initially praised by critics. Personally, I consider it to be far from his best efforts such as the well-known Jagged Little Pill (1995), Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998) and Under Rug Swept (2002).
Which are Alanis Morissette´s best albums?
Obviously, the first place is the aforementioned Jagged Little Pill. A real classic, it spawned successful singles like You Oughta Know, Ironic, Hand in My Pocket. The entire album is excellently crafted, with an impeccable production by Glen Ballard, high level songwriting and a fresh sound for the time.
Second place is no surprise either: While Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie fell short in sales expectations, compared to its predecessor, it is still a good record. Surely the album could have benefited from removing some songs (it has 18 tracks). Singles like Thank U and So Pure came from this record. Notable are tracks like The Front Row and Baba.
In third place we find the latest output from Alanis Morissette, the brand new Such Pretty Forks in the Road. In my opinion, an album without ideas, in which the singer shows nothing at all and does not go into any risks. Perhaps the contrast with her immediately previous works is slightly better, but in my opinion it does not justify a third place above other better albums in her career.
Alanis Morissette‘s MTV Unplugged (1999) is well ranked. A good show that featured a version of The Police´s classic King of Pain and other tracks excluded from their full-length albums, like Uninvited.
Under Rug Swept is in my opinion one of Alanis Morissette‘s strongest records. With a good production and a sound in some cases sharp, other times pop, it is unfairly in the middle of this ranking.
Alanis Morissette´s least popular albums
So-Called Chaos (2004) is an uneven album. It provides a powerful sound but suddenly languishes. I think this is the Alanis‘s album where her compositions really start to feel weaker. An attractive track like 8 Easy Steps is contrasted with a poor single like Everything …
Already in the 2000/2010 hinge, Alanis Morissette´s production had ceased to impact anyone who was not a true follower of it. The albums Flavors of Entanglement (2008) and Havok and Bright Lights (2012) are more likely to be forgotten than to remain in their career as a high point in quality. Flavors… in particular doesn’t seem like a bad piece to me but I understand why it went unnoticed.
If it was obvious which album would be his most critically acclaimed, it was also obvious which would be her least appreciated works. Her first two albums (Alanis from 1991 and Now is the Time from 1992), are clearly teen pop style, often seem more like a stain in her career. This also contributed in part to the surprise of Jagged Little Pill: nobody expected Alanis Morissette, light sounding and good-natured performer, to release a sharp rock record with such power.
As final mentions, 2001’s Feast on Scraps and the acoustic version of Jagged Little Pill aren’t bad at all. I did not take them into account here because they are not original full-length productions but rather re-recordings and compilations. That said, they are more than recommended jobs for those who have liked the best of the canadian singer.