Alanis Morissette and Garbage light up the stage for the cheer and crowd at the Gen X Xcel Energy Center – Twin Cities

It can be easy to forget how huge Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough “Jagged Little Pill” really was. Perhaps that’s why the 48-year-old Ottawa native opened her Sunday night show at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center by showing a brief compilation of clips from her music videos as well as Morissette’s presence in various pop culture events like his memorable appearances in Kevin’s “Dogma” and Smith’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

The album topped 16 million in sales, fueled by lead single “You Oughta Know,” an incredibly infectious outburst of pure rage against an ex-boyfriend that resonated with the masses. (Morissette never revealed the subject of the song, but said it wasn’t “Full House” star Dave Coulier, who publicly speculated she was writing about him.)

But “You Oughta Know” ended up being a bit of a bait for those looking for other men’s anthems. The sequel “Hand in My Pocket” revealed the real Morissette, a modern-day hippie more interested in forgiveness than revenge. Still, “Jagged Little Pill” produced other hits and for a year or two, Morissette was one of the world’s best-selling performers.

Sunday’s show is part of a tour, now in its second year, celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Jagged,” which actually hit that milestone in 2020 when the pandemic scuttled live music. She played the album in its entirety, but not in order, dropping selections throughout the show, which also included other late 90s/early 2000s hits as well as outtakes from her seventh album, 2020’s “Such Pretty Forks in the Road.” (She’s since released a meditation album, “The Storm Before the Calm,” because of course she did.)

Morissette has kept a somewhat low profile for much of the past decade – Sunday was her first local show in a decade – presumably to keep the focus on the three children she has with her husband, rapper Mario” Souleye” Treadway. Clearly, there was pent-up demand for Morissette, as she performed in arenas and large outdoor venues, as opposed to the theaters she ran a decade ago.

In St. Paul, a bustling crowd of about 11,500 Gen-Xers cheered Morissette throughout and joined her in singing the greats like “Ironic,” “You Learn” and “Head Over Feet.” For her part, Morissette put on a terrific show that showcased her ever-unique and ever-strong voice, which occasionally goes into power-yodel mode.

She also showed a huge smile throughout, even when she groaned “And every time you say her name, does she know how you told me you would hold me until you died?” Until you die, but you’re still alive!

In a nice fan service, Morissette dedicated her reminder to the faithful. She opened with “Your House”, a hidden track (which was a CD thing back then) on “Jagged Little Pill”. She followed that up with “Uninvited, the first new song she released after “Jagged” took the world by storm. Recorded for the “City of Angels” soundtrack, “Uninvited” was never released as a single, but radio stations couldn’t help but put it on rotation. She ended with a cleanse version of “Thank U”, the lead single from her “Jagged” sequel “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” and quite possibly the only #1 hit to open with a line about “stopping those antibiotics.” .”

Those good vibes started flowing during Garbage’s rousing opening set. The electronic rock band first opened for Morissette in 1999, when the foursome were riding high on a string of hits including “Only Happy When it Rains”, “I Think I’m Paranoid” and “Stupid Girl”. .

All three of those songs were on Sunday’s set list, which also drew heavily from the band’s seventh (and pretty decent) album, “No Gods No Masters,” which they released last summer. The crowd cheered again for the unknown numbers and lost it when charismatic singer Shirley Manson proudly announced that Garbage’s first-ever concert had taken place in the Twin Cities. (It was at 7th Street Entry in 1995 with Gwar performing in the main room.)

It would have been nice to hear “#1 Crush” and “Queer,” but the band’s gorgeous end-of-show cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” — delivered in true electrogoth style — more than made up for it.

Corina C. Butler