IT'S nearly 20 years since, at the height of her fame off the back of breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette hit the tour scene.
The phenomenon of Alanis in the 90s can't be overstated – her raw, charged, personal and political songs earned her hyperbolic praise such as the "voice of a generation" – not to mention multiple Grammy Awards and some 75 million records sold.
But the initial buzz didn't last and sadly for her none of her subsequent albums achieved anywhere near the success of Jagged Little Pill. Speak to most teenagers today and they probably wouldn't know who she is.
But not so the sell-out crowd at Live at the Marquee as the superstar brought her show to the Rebel city. And she didn’t disappoint the largely female audience. All of whom were delighted to be reliving their teens on a warm summer’s night in the electric marquee.
The somewhat intimate set-up of the marquee also meant fans got more of Alanis and they weren't disappointed. It was hard, at times, to appreciate her vocal strength as her enthusiastic fans delivered every lyric exactly as they knew them from her records. The atmosphere was exhilarating.
Alanis started her set with "All I really want " and from there she had the captive audience just where she wanted them.
Morissette delivered every fan favourite – Ironic, Hand In My Pocket, You Learn, Head Over Feet – but the crowd also soaked up some of the lesser-known material, which forced them to quiet down and listen with intent.
But it was her delivery of You Oughtta Know that will stick. Without a punchy rhythm section to drive it forward, Morissette transformed what was once a cathartic, angry anthem for young women everywhere into something far more mature, nuanced and reflective. For those who knew the song intimately when it was released and who, like Morissette, have grown up since it was nothing short of moving.
Morissette offered thanks to the crowd for being fans and for coming on the journey for the last few years - even after all this time, her music held the audience captivated. They were transported to the 90's and were loving it!
The crowd were drumming their feet and, having been moved by Morissette for a simply stunning night, cried out for more, more. They were rewarded with a brief musical rendition of the Wild Rover during which the energetic crowd lifted the roof off the Marquee! The encore didn’t disappoint either with Uninvited and thank you finishing up a fabulous night.