The first studio album from Alanis Morissette since 2004, Flavors Of Entanglement fuses the organic and the techno—prompted by producer Guy Sigsworth (Madonna, Björk). Incorporating beats, loops and synthesizers, the album was designed, says Morissette, so listeners can "dance your face off." Balancing introspective confession and delirious joy, the global and the personal, Flavors Of Entanglement is a tasty new musical feast from one of pop’s most intriguing artists.
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Alanis Morissette’s new album “Flavor of Entanglement” has the deeply personal
songs and undeniable vocal talent that we have come to expect from Alanis, but
this is not the same 20 something Alanis full of rage. This CD is very much
about her personal break up with Ryan Reynolds. But this CD is so much more
that your average “love gone wrong” songs. Alanis is older, more mature, and
more introspective. She sees how the battles of the world are really not that
different than the battles we have in our personal life. She is not only trying
to find her place in relationships, she is trying to find her place in the
world. At first listen, her lyrics are so deeply personal, it gives you that
moment of “oh I shouldn’t be hearing this” but at the same time it resonates to
the universal, familiar grief we all feel with the death of a relationship.
Gone is the in you face rage and it is replaced with longing and grief.
Not only are Alanis’ lyrics reflecting her growith as a song writing, the music
itself reflects Alanis growing as an artist. She skillfully mixes folk, world
beats with techno dance beats. She so skillfully combines the two that you
forget to be shocked that the two are combined. There are few artists that can
challenge you to consider your own relationships and make you want to dance at
the same time. In “Citizen of the Planet”, Alanis sings of seeing herself as
more than just an individual. She sings of being unique but yet part of the
bigger world. This theme is repeated throughout the CD. “Underneath” considers
how our everyday conflicts are just microcosms of conflicts in the world today.
“Not As We” is a raw testimony to the grief of losing a relationship and part of
your identiy as part of a couple. Alanis sings, “Day one start over again. Step
one step one. I’m barely making sense for now. I’m faking it ‘till I’m making
it. From scratch begin again but this time I as I and not as we”. “Torch” is
probably the most personal song about her break up. It is a sensitive laundry
list of all the things that she will miss about Ryan. She holds nothing back as
she sings, “I miss your neck and your gait and your sharing what you write”.
Make no mistake, this albulm is not all morose. “In Praise Of the Vunerable
Man” is Alanis’ ode to an emotionally available man. “Moratorium” is her oath
to focus on herself for awhile and take a break from her quest to find a soul
mate. All of the songs, regardless of topic reflect an artist that has
experienced much growth and continues to growth through the good times and the
Overall, this is a CD full of the new and of the familiar. Alanis’
unmistakable voice and painfully personal song lyrics are as familiar on this cd
as on all of her albums. This album reflects a personal and artistic growth.
She has more depth and more understanding of herself and the music reflects it.
The music itself has many more dimensions . Like different parts of her
personality, Alanis is able to skillfully mix and highlight sounds that seem
like complete contradictions, but the end result is pure music to my ears.
Good musician, good album...., June 24, 2008
Overall, I thought this was a very good album. I was hoping for a sound more
like Alaniss "Jagged Little Pill" days (I STILL listen to those songs over and
over) but this was much different. Different isnt always a bad thing and this
album definitely demonstrated that. I felt it was a very emotional, heartfelt
album. If you werent familiar with Alanis Morissette before, you can kind of get
a feel for some of her personal conflicts & emotions here. I felt that she
really expressed herself well and compiled a very good album! Alanis rocks! :)
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Flavors of Entanglement - Very tasty!, June 24, 2008
"If growing up is the process of creating ideas and dreams about what life
should be, then maturity is letting go again." - Mary Beth Danielson
quote really resonates with me when thinking of Alanis Morissettes new cd
Flavors of Entanglement.
In the mid-1990s, Alanis Morisettes Jagged Little
Pill sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. She was a force to be reckoned
with, an angry angsty voice that was going to tell it like it was with no
Well, Alanis is back with what I feel is her best cd since then and
shes still unafraid to put her heart out there on the sidewalk. Only, this time,
I feel we are seeing a more mature artist, an artist who has let go of a lot of
her pain and one with a lot more self-realization.
All this, and it has a
beat you can dance to.
Producer Guy Sigsworth has done a great job of balancing
Alanis brilliant poetry with an edgy rock dance vibe.
"Citizen of the Planet"
which opens the cd rocks. I love the way the song accelerates and appreciate the
driving beat incorporating sitars and tablas giving the song an eastern feel.
"Underneath", the first single from the cd, immediately takes me to a quieter
place. This song is about changing yourself to eventually help change the world.
"Straitjacket" has a jagged feel for me and the techno background seems to
accentuate the craziness we feel when someone we care about seems to be doing
things just to drive us mad.
"Versions of Violence" has a bit of a sensual
rock feel. I love the textures of the music and Alanis voice has never sounded
"Not as We" is one of my favorites. It talks about starting all over
again "as I and not as we", "gunshy and quivering". I love the piano here. This
song is elegant in its beauty and simplicity and reminds me of Enya.
we are strongest in our vulnerability.
"In Praise of the Vulnerable Man" is
simply that, a song celebrating the sexiness of a man who doesnt need all that
"Moratorium" - Alanis actually took a break from relationships to
breathe and get her focus back. That is what this song explores. Its a way to
let go, stop looking outside, stop searching, and re-find yourself, a "breather
from the flavors of entanglement".
"Torch" gives me chills. Alanis is so
relatable in her deion of missing someone.
"I miss your smell, and your style
and your pure abiding way." The guitar and strings are lovely and simply fit the
poignancy of someone who says she "never dreamed I would have to lay down my
torch for you." The list of all the little and big things we miss when we lose
an important relationship is so evocative and so authentic. This is another of
"Giggling again for no reason" is a fun light dance tune.
"Tapes" is all about the stories other people tell us and the voices we hear
inside that arent our own beliefs. Its actually liberating to realize these are
I really like the song "Incomplete". I love its hopeful melody. It
ends the cd on an uplifting note. It speaks of all the dreams we have of being
complete, being healed, being enlightened. Still, at the same time, it expresses
what I feel is the message of the cd. "I have been running so sweaty my whole
life urgent for a finish line/I have been missing the rapture this whole time of
being forever incomplete." The joy is in the imperfection, in the journey.
a time when digital track purchases are so common, it is rare for me to find a
cd that I love completely but Alanis new cd is just that. It is
collection -- rocking, edgy, authentic, flavorful.
Alanis has gone through
the seriousness of youth and she seems so much more at peace. Flavors of
Entanglement explores where Alanis has been and where she is now. There is
introspection, reflection, sadness and joy and the cd ultimately soars.
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Shes back and better than ever!, June 19, 2008
The old Alanis is back and rocking like never before. For those who loved
"Jagged Little Pill", this is a must have!
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Looking for to this one, June 10, 2008
Today is the day! (In the US at least...)
Good luck Alanis with this record! I
know Ill get mine soon!