Now Is the Time
Studio album by Alanis
Released August 1992 (Canada)
Recorded Distortion Studios, Ottawa
Genre Pop, teen pop
Label MCA Records Canada
Producer Leslie Howe
Professional reviews
Alanis chronology

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Now Is the Time
Jagged Little Pill
Singles from Now Is the Time
  1. "An Emotion Away"
  2. "No Apologies"
  3. "Real World"
  4. "(Change Is) Never a Waste of Time"

Now Is the Time is the second album by Alanis Morissette, released only in Canada in August 1992 by MCA Records Canada (see 1992 in music). Morissette recorded the album with Leslie Howe, who produced her debut album Alanis (1991).


In 1995 Morissette released her international debut album Jagged Little Pill through U.S. label Maverick Records. Executives at Maverick persuaded MCA Records to withdraw all copies of Alanis and Now Is the Time from circulation, and they did not mention either album in the promotional material for Jagged Little Pill.[1] According to Spin magazine, Morissette's transformation from "the Debbie Gibson of Canada" to an alternative rock musician made some Canadians skeptical.[2] As with Alanis, Now Is the Time is no longer available, as it has been discontinued. Morissette's contract with MCA expired after the release of the album, and she said "It was kind of a blessing that it was over, because I wanted to start out with a clean slate, not only personally but career-wise, too."[2] TIME magazine called the album "uninspired", and the song "Rain" "wistful",[3] while The Kansas City Star labelled it "a lightweight faux Madonna album".[4]

Morissette said of Alanis and Now Is the Time, "...I'm not scared people might hear these records. I never did Playboy centrefolds. There's nothing I regret. Maybe people will just understand that my lyrics are from different experiences if they hear those records. It validates [Jagged Little Pill] ... There was an element of me not being who I really was at the time and now i'm more experienced with my life. It was because I wasn't prepared to open up that way. The focus for me then was entertaining people and getting my feet wet in the business,it was about being young & having fun as opposed to sharing any revelations I had at the time. I had them, but I wasn't prepared or comfortable with sharing them."[citation needed]

She considered including material from both albums on her 2005 compilation The Collection, but she was talked out of it and decided against it citing the genres dance/pop wouldn't match other material from her current discography, explaining "[5] "it was right around when I was 19 and Jagged Little Pill where I first felt writing was a channelled experience. That has a lot to do with where I was at then, with having met Glen Ballard, with my moving from Canada and moving away from any preconceived notions of how songs 'should' be written. It was the beginning of a new way to approach songwriting altogether."[6]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Alanis, Leslie Howe and Serge Côté.

  1. "Real World" – 4:57
  2. "An Emotion Away" – 4:14
  3. "Rain" – 3:52
  4. "The Time of Your Life" – 4:45
  5. "No Apologies" – 5:02
  6. "Can't Deny" – 3:55
  7. "When We Meet Again" – 4:10
  8. "Give What You Got" – 4:56
  9. "(Change Is) Never a Waste of Time" – 4:40
  10. "Big Bad Love" – 4:14


  • Produced, engineered and mixed by Leslie Howe for Ghetto Records at Distortion Studios
  • Photography by Dan Seguin (cover) and Andrew LeBlanc
  • Design: Martin Solort
  • A&R direction: John Alexander


  1. Ashare, Matt. "Platinum Bomb?". The Boston Phoenix. November 2, 1998. Retrieved August 19, 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hannaham, James. "Alanis In Wonderland". Spin. November 2, 1995. Retrieved August 20, 2006.
  3. Farley, Christopher John. "Confessional Immediacy". TIME. November 2, 1998. Retrieved August 19, 2006.
  4. Finn, Timothy. "'Pill' not so jagged in new acoustic release". The Kansas City Star. July 5, 2005. Retrieved August 20, 2006.
  5. Wild, David. "Adventures Of Miss Thing". Rolling Stone. November 2, 1995. Retrieved August 19, 2006.
  6. "Official Biography". Maverick Records. Retrieved August 19, 2006.


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