Alanis Morissette
Flavors of Entanglement


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shattered_Future USER (50 Reviews)
June 10th, 2008 | 23 replies | 83,618 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anger and joy in a neat electro-pop package.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Alanis Morrisette is one of those artists that you've heard of at one point or another. Ever since she released Little Jagged Pill in 1995, listeners have taken note. Entirely unapologetic and pissed off, her approach to lyrics and music has set her apart from the others in her genre. Sure, we all remember her stint in Dogma (by the way, thank you, Alanis, for blowing up Ben Affleck’s head. He needed it), but the woman can sing as well, and she wants you to know it.

Flavors Of Entanglement, the singer’s 6th album, sees Alanis flying all over the spectrum, embracing some experimental pop qualities along with her traditional piano ballads and electronica tunes. Her split from actor Ryan Reynolds surely went into some of the album’s more angry tracks, but resignation also makes its way into the music, as well as the joyous atmosphere found on “So Called Chaos.” Coupled with Alanis’s co-production with Guy Sigsworth, Flavors is quite the album.

Citizen Of The Planet, the album’s opener, is described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “Enya meets System Of A Down.” Strings and some Eastern instruments make up the verses, with Alanis appearing a bit more subdued than usual. The chorus kicks in with an intensity and fervor that makes you sit up and really listen. The contrast between the two parts really brings out the essence of the song, and it ranks up there with one of the best tunes on the album.

Keeping with the intense themes and dark sounding music, both Versions Of Violence and Moratorium do nicely. The former is an electro-industrial masterpiece, with furious electronics and vocals backed up with some great programmed drums. The latter is Morrisette’s self proclaimed “readiness to stop repeating bad patterns,” especially in her love life. The sublety of the synths and instruments clash head on with the intense drum beat, which, in a curious bit of production, is placed front and center. Ultimately, it pays off, bringing the song a renewed life coupled with Morrisette’s beautiful voice and powerful lyrics.

“I declare a moratorium on things relationship
I declare a respite from the toils of liaison
I do need a breather from the flavors of entanglement
I declare a full time out from all things commitment.”

Morrisette’s message is devastatingly clear, and the song gives her the perfect way to convey it.

However, there is plenty of joy to be had as well. Giggling Again For No Reason calls to mind a poppy techno tune, upbeat and full of life. Alanis just has fun with her life, without a care in the world. In Praise Of The Vunerable Man sees Alanis fawning over a man who cares for her, who loves her, who would do anything for her. Incomplete combines folky acoustic guitar with bells and music boxes for, again, a beautiful uplifting song. And even though Straitjacket’s lyrics are completely opposite from the song’s feel, you can’t help but get up and dance to the dance floor rave beats. True, the joyous atmosphere starts to get a little overbearing towards the end of the album (I always thought pissed off Alanis was much much better than happy Alanis), but the music is nonetheless well written.

So, what we have from the Canadian-American singer-songwriter is another quality album. That’s all there is to it. Although one would be hard pressed to find any tracks that really stand out (besides Citizen Of The Planet and Moratorium, two of the best songs Alanis has written to date), the album is a great new foray for Morrisette, and should be listened to at least once.

Recommended Songs:
Citizen Of The Planet
Versions Of Violence
Moratorium
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Willie
Moderator
June 11th 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've only really liked "Under Rug Swept", but this one sounds like it might be another good one.

Alanis Morissette has been one of the posterchildren of the female singer-songwriter movement since her first album was released way back in 1991. Entirely unapologetic and pissed off
Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but I don't think she was considered the poster child for anything other then bad canadian pop for her first two albums, and they definitely weren't pissed off.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

lateoctober
June 11th 2008



171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think he's referring to Jagged Little Pill but didn't realize she started out quite mediocre back in the early 90's with "Alanis" and "Now is the Time" They were pissed off in parts but your going to get that with most albums from someone as old as she was at the time.

And the only time she could be considered a poster girl for female singer songwriters was in 1995. It's a good review though I might pick this up myself, well no I'll get my sister to....This Message Edited On 06.11.08

Shattered_Future
June 11th 2008



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ok, I edited a bit. I guess I had my information wrong...

And the first half of this album is really good. The second starts to drag a bit, but here and there is a track that's entertaining.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2008



16081 Comments


This is so awful man what the hell are you thinking

drewhnovak
June 18th 2008



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so NOT awful. Ties with Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie as her best.

Attention Whore
June 18th 2008



42 Comments


It's horrible, her lyrics have GOTTEN worse.

If that's possible.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2008



16081 Comments


Its so ridiculously bad, that its worse than Under Rug Swept, which was a fairly bad record in its own right.

Shattered_Future
June 18th 2008



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, this isn't a 4, after listening to it over again...more like a 3. It's still not "ridiculously bad" though. There's some tracks I quite enjoy.

Willie
Moderator
June 23rd 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was on the fence about getting this since "Under Rug Swept" is the only album of hers I like and then Iluvatar came out with "This is so awful man what the hell are you thinking" and "Its so ridiculously bad, that its worse than Under Rug Swept" and I knew it had to be good, and it is.

lateoctober
July 1st 2008



171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I was on the fence about getting this since "Under Rug Swept" is the only album of hers I like and then Iluvatar came out with "This is so awful man what the hell are you thinking" and "Its so ridiculously bad, that its worse than Under Rug Swept" and I knew it had to be good, and it is."

My thoughts, exactly. I also find it funny how everyone knows her for Jagged Little Pill even though half that record was pretty average. Yes the extremely honest songwriting which fueled that album made it worth the time, but quite frankly this is not "awful" musically this is a step above Pill any day. This Message Edited On 07.01.08

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2008



16081 Comments


I forgot how retarded fans of Alanis Morissette are, thanks for letting me know again guys.

Smileyface
July 1st 2008



309 Comments


I forgot how retarded fans of Iluvatar are, thanks for letting me know again guys


That's better.

Good Review, I very may well check this out.This Message Edited On 07.01.08

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2008



16081 Comments


You know Iluvatar is a wonderful power metal band in the vein of Rush, and I don't appreciate you carelessly walking all over their fans toes in such reckless manners!

Smileyface
July 1st 2008



309 Comments



You know Alanis Morissette is a wonderful power metal band in the vein of Rush, and I don't appreciate you carelessly walking all over their fans toes in such reckless manners!


Fixed! This Message Edited On 07.01.08

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2008



16081 Comments


Alanis will choose freewill!

Smileyface
July 1st 2008



309 Comments


God Iluvatar, quit spamming.

I might actually check this out *Gasp*.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2008



16081 Comments


2.5/5 its as though she can't get any worse.

Smileyface
July 1st 2008



309 Comments


That's what I said before St. Anger...

lateoctober
July 2nd 2008



171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not a Alanis fan, but I do show respect for her from time to time. Anyways I wouldn't take everything Iluvator says to heart, as he is the Robert Christgau of Sputnik. Which is not damn him but to say he is an acquired taste.
This Message Edited On 07.02.08

jrowa001
July 3rd 2008



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i liked a couple songs off of this, but some were too not my thing



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