From the moment she walked on stage at the Apollo on Tuesday 26, it was clear that the love that grew for Alanis Morissette in the early nineties has far from quelled.
The words to every one of her previously released songs were sung word for word and note perfect by the entire audience, while her new material was quietly lapped up by the awestricken crowd.
Come August when Morissette’s new album Havoc and Bright Lights will be released, these singles will be sure to join this extensive backlog of favorites.
Morissette did not rely on a support act to warm up her audience, instead letting anticipation mount for her first appearance in Manchester for seven years.
The crowd was not disappointed as her distinctive voice could be heard singing I Remain (part 1) from backstage before she bounded on stage with as much enthusiasm as if it were first ever live performance.
The superstar threw herself into rock inspired old favorites All I Really Want and You Learn, before treating the audience to new single Guardian.
Guardian certainly harks back to Jagged Little Pill; the album that was famed for its soft-rock vocals, slick instrumentals and an eloquent outpour of emotions. This new material has admittedly matured as the singer has; lyrics of early 20s heartbreak and desolation have evolved into a fierce instinct to protect, but the vulnerability remains.
The gig was a flawless display of Morissette’s incredible vocal talents and range of her song styles, from the soft and melodic Flinch, to hit single Ironic, which had the crowd thrilled as she sang the cult live version of the song in the place of the widely known album version.
Morissette continued to surprise the eager crowd in the subtle layers of her performance; one would have expected You Oughta Know to explode with impact and passion, but she slowly teased the audience with an acoustic version of the first chorus before giving it everything she had.
New material did not disappoint the loyal crowd, as it could easily have done given the high caliber of her previous work and the set list was a treat, comprising of songs spanning throughout her career.
Her strength and emotion were as evident on stage at the Apollo as they are in her repertoire of songs, and her vocals were consistently spectacular and faultless.
Not to be missed, each Alanis Morissette gig is as legendary as the songstress herself.