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Alanis Morissette: Flavors of Entanglement

[Maverick/Reprise]

June 5, 2008  |  4:44pm
Alanis Morissette: Flavors of Entanglement

Tangled up in boooo

Most people aren’t familiar with the three albums of new material Alanis Morissette has released since 1995’s Jagged Little Pill. Her latest, Flavors of Entanglement seems like an ardent attempt to be as strong, raw and relevant as she was on the album everybody knows. The recruitment of producer Guy Sigsworth somewhat accomplishes this by incorporating glitch-pop beats that are edgier than his former collaborations with Imogen Heap, but unfortunately this progressive sound doesn’t dominate the album. On some tracks, Morissette’s voice channels Björk (with whom Sigsworth has also worked), but the mood ultimately switches to watered-down Evanescence. “Underneath” is marred by its bubblegum chorus, and “Torch” is the token emotive long-lost-love narrative. Morissette was much more convincing when she was screaming about how the guy in “You Oughta Know” broke her heart.

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