A dozen years after the breakthrough debut of “Jagged Little Pill“, an album which earned four Grammys, sold 30 million records and spawned a dedicated worldwide fan base, Alanis Morissette remains not only an enduringly popular artist, but one whose success stems from a fierce commitment to authenticity and, to an equal extent, vulnerability. Both of these traits enable her to climb to new ground with her forthcoming album, "Flavors of Entanglement", released in June 2008 from Warner Bros. Records.
Her current collaborator is British electronica producer Guy Sigsworth (Bjork, Imogen Heap), who co-wrote the music with morissette and produced the album. Nearly two dozen songs were born from writing sessions in London and Los Angeles, a baker's dozen selected for the final cut of "Flavors of Entanglement". While hewing to a familiar process - creating songs as snapshots of her life - Morissette found cathartic support during a big transition in her life. She says
"I often write in retrospect, but this time all was written in real time. These songs served as an outlet and marking of this massively growthful time."
Her penchant for eclecticism, whether musical, spiritual or otherwise, brought new sounds and styles into this latest effort, her first original studio album in four years. Eastern percussion and strings blend with electronic hues in the opening track, "Citizen of the Planet", a poetic narrative of her life story and transnational perspective. Morissette's yin/yang view of the microcosmic self being evidenced in the macrocosmic world extends to lead single "Underneath", which reflects the quote: "don't try to carpet the world... just wear slippers".
While deconstructing human behavior in the jarring "Versions of Violence", Morissette offers a more personal take on being on the receiving end of crazy-making behavior with songs such as the hard-driving "Straitjacket", the hauntingly beautiful lost-love lament of "Torch", the clear declaration of "Moratorium", the hypnotic ebb and flow of "Tapes", and grateful in the aspirational "In Praise of the Vulnerable Man". Morissette explores the often cyclical nature of learning in tracks such as the pensive, rock bottom-capturing "Not As We," and the ecstatic freedom of "Giggling Again for No Reason", before wrapping with the Phoenix-rising closure of "Incomplete". says Guy Sigsworth:
"There's not another artist-male or female-who can take you on the kind of emotional journey that Alanis can. She has this ginormous, super-massive, planet-eating emotional range. She goes all the way-10 on the Richter Scale-and we're at the epicenter with her as she sings whole worlds into existence. She can be raging and hostile, distraught and desolately heartbroken, glowingly nostalgic, sensual, breezy and self-deprecating-all in one album."
A dozen years after the world first turned on to Alanis Morissette, a more mature artist remains committed to her creative path and a strong desire to help others on theirs.
"I live to HEAL ruptures and bridge the human and the divine aspects of life, and I hope that by sharing my own experiences through speaking, writing and art, I can support people in their personal journeys, wherever they may be at,"
"The initial writing is for me, and the sharing of it is my offering to others to make these songs and writings their own. To derive comfort or inspiration or validation. This is my service."
Alanis started to tour in June, landing in countries as UK, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, but also in never visited countries as Bulgaria. In September-November she went back to USA/Canada for a new headlining tour featuring Alexi Murdoch as opening act.
In November 2008, Alanis shocked all her fans revealing to the Mirror Magazine (UK) a part of her book:
I was the victim of statutory rape and this book will help me get rid of the feelings of shame.