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*** 1/2 ALANIS MORISSETTE, "Jagged Little Pill," Maverick/Reprise. Like Dylan and Lennon, Morissette leaves no doubt that both her bile and bliss come straight from the heart. A fresh talent who's determined to let her feelings out, whether with a snarl or a smile.


Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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