In the 1990s, Canada seemed to churn out radio-friendly ‘drive-time’ artists with ease; the kind of albums your dad had filling up the pocket of his car door and insisted on playing during a Saturday afternoon spin to the shops. There must be something about those wide-open plains that couldn’t help but inform the easygoing ‘90’s output of singers like KD Lang, Bryan Adams and Shania Twain with a jangly, radio-friendly air.
Step in, too, Alanis Morissette, the woman behind one of the country’s most successful albums of all time, 1995’s Jagged Little Pill, home to the omnipresent global smash ‘Ironic’. The teenage diary-esque lyrical content of the song may now hang like an anvil around her neck but at the time paved the way for a glittering career that has included seven Grammys and tens of millions of albums sold worldwide.
The hits count have diminished a little in recent years, but with a new look to go with brand new album, Havoc and Bright Lights, in Brazilian record shops at the end of August, another world tour is in the offing. The cavernous Citibank Hall will provide the venue for an almighty singalong as well as a few new tracks to whet the collective whistles of her carioca fans.