I used to like Alanis Morissette, I really did. Her first album is a milestone within female rock and it included hits like Ironic, Hand In My Pocket and You Learn. Then something happened during later albums, she drifter more into mainstream and I almost lost interest in her. On her latest album I was hoping to get some of that rock back, the rock that made her famous and had tons of attitude and edge. Maybe there has been too many knock-offs and that has forced her to go different ways.
So what can you expect from the latest album? Well, if you are a fan of her first albums and not so much the later ones you will not like this. Alanis has incorporated a lot of keyboards and sometimes I get the feeling that Timbaland has something to do with the production. Luckily he does not but the sound is similar to his style, if that gives you a hint of what it sounds like. Alanis has been quoted saying that she wanted to make an album that makes you “dance your face off”. That is not the style I come to think of when I think of Alanis Morrisette. It almost got an industrial vibe of most of the songs. Very weird indeed!
Some songs are just aweful, like the horrific Straightjacket, not good at all! I cannot say I am a big fan of Versions of Violence or Citizen of the World either, what is she doing? When you put on an album with Alanis you expect something that catches you attention and grips you, not something that makes you want to skip a track. Songs like Underneath and Tapes are the closest that we come to a “normal” Alanis-song and those songs are the least bad ones on this album.
This is not an album for fans of her early work; this is an album for fans of Portishead and similar band. I really cannot recommend this album as a good rock album. If you want to keep your illusion of Alanis as a cool rock chick, stay clear of this album! I am very disappointed.