Artist: Alanis Morissette
Album: Flavors of Entanglement (Deluxe Edition)
Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
Released: May 20, 2008
℗ 2008 Maverick Recording Company, manufactured and distributed by Warner Bros. Records Inc., A Warner Music Group Company.
The albums from the woman who became a superstar with “You Oughta Know” have become intense confessionals where it’s more like a matter of you have to know. Morissette’s psyche twists and turns like her murderous grammar, making for uncomfortably personal yet riveting listening. “Straitjacket” works as a dressing down of an inattentive lover (“Talking with you’s like talking to a sieve that can’t hear me”) except Morissette’s the one who ends up losing her grip. Producer and co-writer Guy Sigsworth, noted for his work with Bjork, window dresses these tunes with extra beats, strings (“Torch”), tabla (“Citizens of the World”), and vocal manipulations, transforming Morissette’s delivery into a transmission from outer space. This otherworldly charm sweetens “Giggling Again for No Reason,” one of the album’s pure expressions of momentary joy. Elsewhere, it’s a frightening amount of stress for one woman, from “Moratorium,” where she declares, “I declare a moratorium on things relationship,” to “Tapes,” which recounts the unsteady voices in her head. The album plays as much as a therapy session as a piece of music. Intriguing to say the least.
1 Citizen of the Planet
4 Versions of Violence
5 Not As We
6 In Praise of the Vulnerable Man
9 Giggling Again for No Reason
12 Orchid (Bonus Track)
13 The Guy Who Leaves (Bonus Track)
14 Madness (Bonus Track)
15 Limbo No More (Bonus Track)
16 On the Tequila (Bonus Track)