Now Is the Time

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Now Is the Time
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1, 1992 (Canada)
RecordedDistortion Studios, Ottawa
GenrePop, teen pop, dance-pop
LabelMCA Records Canada, Hot Mustard Records
ProducerLeslie Howe
Alanis Morissette chronology
Now Is the Time
Jagged Little Pill
Singles from Now Is the Time
  1. "An Emotion Away"
    Released: 25 November 1992
  2. "No Apologies"
    Released: 3 February 1993
  3. "Real World"
    Released: 31 May 1993
  4. "(Change Is) Never a Waste of Time"
    Released: 21 September 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rock and Roll Rarity(mixed)[1]

Now Is the Time is the second studio album by Alanis Morissette, released only in Canada on August 1, 1992. It was the final album for MCA Records Canada. Morissette recorded the album with Leslie Howe, who produced her debut album, Alanis (1991).


In 1995 Morissette released her Grammy winning-international acclaimed 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.[2] According to Spin magazine, Morissette's transformation from "the Debbie Gibson of Canada" to an alternative rock musician made some Canadians skeptical.[3] As with Alanis, Now Is the Time is no longer in print. 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."[3] Time magazine called the album "uninspired", and the song "Rain" "wistful",[4] while The Kansas City Star labelled it "a lightweight faux Madonna album".[5]

Morissette said of Alanis and Now Is the Time, "...I'm not scared people might hear these records. I never did Playboy centerfolds. 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 this and decided against it citing the genres dance/pop would not match other material from her current discography, explaining:[6] "it was right around when I was 19 and Jagged Little Pill where I first felt writing was a channeled 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."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alanis Morissette, Leslie Howe and Serge Côté.

1."Real World"4:57
2."An Emotion Away"4:14
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


  • Leslie Howe - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Dan Seguin - cover photography
  • Andrew LeBlanc - photography
  • Martin Solort - design
  • John Alexander - A&R direction


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Rock and Roll Rarity review Archived 2006-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Ashare, Matt. "Platinum Bomb?". The Boston Phoenix. November 2, 1998. Retrieved August 19, 2006.
  3. ^ a b Hannaham, James. "Alanis In Wonderland" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. Spin. November 2, 1995. Retrieved August 20, 2006.
  4. ^ Farley, Christopher John. "Confessional Immediacy". Time. November 2, 1998. Retrieved August 19, 2006.
  5. ^ Finn, Timothy. "'Pill' not so jagged in new acoustic release" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. The Kansas City Star. July 5, 2005. Retrieved August 20, 2006.
  6. ^ Wild, David. "Adventures Of Miss Thing" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. Rolling Stone. November 2, 1995. Retrieved August 19, 2006.
  7. ^ "Official Biography" Archived 2006-08-22 at the Wayback Machine. Maverick Records. Retrieved August 19, 2006.
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Alanis Morissette – Now Is the Time". Music Canada.