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Alanis Morissette

Flavors of Entanglement
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Alanis Morissette’s latest work, “Flavors of Entanglement” borders artistic and strange… kind of like most of her work from this decade and really most of her work period. The difference between this record and what she has done in the past is that she’s been teamed with a bit of an odd producer in Guy Sigsworth so the music is even weirder giving it a world music vibe that’s pleasant to listen to but also a little bit hard to swallow in places. On “Flavors of Entanglement” the album definitely starts out in a world music vibe with “Citizen of the Planet” and then it moves into the catchy but yes also a little different single in “Underneath.” It’s not the best single that Alanis has ever put out, but as a track it’s not terrible. After that the album takes a few weird twists and turns… “Straightjacket” is one of the most interesting Morissette songs that I’ve heard. It’s got an industrial flair to it that borders a Nine Inch Nails beat and although the content isn’t as dark, Morissette’s poignant and brash lyrics on the track give you that feel on the song if only for a second. After that the album mellows out a little bit, it’s still got the overall world vibe to it, but it mellows out into something a little more mainstream towards the end of the album. Alanis’ latest work isn’t her best but it definitely ranks in her top 5 of the discs she’s put out. “Underneath” is the closest thing she’s going to have with a single on this record, but she really doesn’t need a hit at this point in her career. This is quality, artistic stuff that’s both impossible to figure out and compelling to listen to.






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