Assertive songs haven't hurt Morissette

Best Bet

January 25, 1996|By J.D. Considine

Popular wisdom holds that angry, assertive women will never be well-liked in America, but that certainly hasn't proved the case for Alanis Morissette. Between the revenge fantasies she sketches in "You Oughta Know" and the you-don't-fool-me view of male power games offered in "Right Through You," there's nothing shy or deferential about Morissette's stance. Yet despite all that -- or, more likely, because of it -- her debut album, "Jagged Little Pill," was one of last year's great success stories. It sold more than 5 million copies, snagged six Grammy nominations and stands to make the 21-year old Canadian one of the decade's biggest stars.

Consequently, one reason to see Morissette when she and her band play the U.M.B.C. Field House Tuesday is that she may not be playing mid-sized halls for very long. Another would be to hear the new songs she's added to her set, like "Death of Cinderella" and "King of Intimidation." Either way, you oughta know that singers like this don't come around very often.

Alanis Morissette plays the U.M.B.C. Field House on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (410) 455-6300 for information.

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