Review: Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette ‘Flavors of Entanglement’: Aidin Vaziri | Alanis Morissette wrote most of her seventh studio album as her relationship with fiance Ryan Reynolds fell apart. It’s only fitting that the actor announced his engagement to Scarlett Johansson in the days leading up to the disc’s release, throwing Morissette back into the indignant role she occupied so well 13 years ago on her breakthrough, “Jagged Little Pill.” But if you’re hoping for a return of the primal wail and roaring guitars that made her one of the biggest-selling artists of the ’90s, look elsewhere. “Flavors of Entanglement” is more restrained than it has any right to be. The music is mostly indistinct, awash in soft electronic effects and faux Eastern rhythms. Morissette’s heavily processed voice, meanwhile, feels like a bulldozer plowing through slight soundscapes such as “Underneath” and “Moratorium,” offering volume instead of rage.


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