Living pop icon Alanis Morissette is not angry. It's unfortunate that no matter what this talented singer/songwriter puts out, she will forever be perceived, to some degree, as the rocker with a chip on her shoulders. More discerning listeners of her music will understand that "You Oughta Know," the song that gave her this stigma, is in the minority; most of Morissette's music is rooted in spiritual, social and personal exploration. Her songs are characterized by having a very specific message, thoughtfully and affectingly expressed through their lyrics. The groundbreaking "You Oughta Know," with its brutal honesty, raw emotion, and hard-hitting music, became an instant phenomena because it unabashedly verbalized what most want to say, but don't -- to date, it remains one of the ultimate "F*** you" songs. "Thank U," however, the first single release from Morissette's much-anticipated second U.S. album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, in 1998, documents the singer's spiritual awakenings, resultant from her trip to India, as well as other physical and internal journeys. The insightful song is a more accurate representation of what Morissette's recordings are really all about. The music of "Thank U" is simple, mid-tempo rock fare, with a prominent drum-machine pattern that pulses throughout. A delicate piano intro underscores Morissette's vocals, which begin by asking, "How bout getting off these antibiotics?" The rest of the song continues with Morissette posing similar provocative questions -- "How bout remembering your divinity?" -- and her thanking the circumstances -- terror, disillusionment, and consequence, among others -- that helped her achieve personal growth. There aren't many artists, let alone everyday people, who acknowledge and pay tribute to life's lessons. More often than not, such things go undetected or are fled from in fear of self-discovery and the real work that is required to achieve such a state of awareness. But these complex issues drive Morissette and are manifested in her recordings, and it's a real boon for contemporary rock music, which tends to be simplistic and hackneyed in its themes. Upon its release, "Thank U" quickly gained chart presence, as fans were eager to hear follow-up material from Morissette; however, subsequent airplay is, unfortunately, pretty minimal.