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After a 4 year break, Alanis returns
Havoc and Bright Lights - Alanis Morissette
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Havoc and Bright Lights - Alanis Morissette
Advantages: Good solid pop album
Disadvantages: 'Win and Win' is the only let down song
2012 saw the return on Alanis Morissette when she released her new album 'Havoc and Bright Lights'. It is the follow up to the 2008 'Flavors of Entanglment'. In the past 4 years a lot of things have happened in Morissette's life. She got married and gave birth to her first child on Christmas day 2010. A lot of fans then questioned whether the happy events of the past four years would bring a new, more positive sound to this album. 'Jagged Little Pill' was her biggest album, and we all remember the anger and passion of that album. Even her last album 'Flavours of Entanglment' chronicled a broken down relationship throughout the record.
Many fans were worried that we could now see a 'happy' sounding Alanis writing songs about motherhood and the perfect marriage. Although 'Havoc and Bright Lights' does touch both subjects on occasion, it is still filled with sprinkles of previous Alanis albums.
The album opener and lead single 'Guardian' is all about her son. "I'll be your keeper for life as your guardian" sings Alanis through a mid tempo pop rock track. The song itself is ok, but not representitive of the whole album. I feel that this was a 'safe' choice for lead single and probably down to the fact that it would (seemingly) sound good on radio.
'Woman Down' tackles the issue of equality amongst woman and men in the 21st century. This song is probably the biggest standout on the album. It's instant and catchy. I think a lot of the fans will like this.
'Til You' is a dreamy ballad that would sound perfect on a Disney film. This song is neither here or there for me, I don't hate it but I wouldn't select it on my iPod either. Innofensive.
'Celebrity' is a dark, moody, haunting track that would fit well on her 'Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie' album. It seems to be an attack on a well known celebrity but Alanis has said she will never reveal who it's about so I guess you'll have to go figure it out yourselves!
'Empathy' is sweet. It is a positive, uplifting song. The verses are just as catchy as the chorus, in fact I think the verses are better than the chorus. This song would make a great single.
'Lens' is another instant catchy track. I think this would work well if she had added a Gospel choir into the chorus.
'Spiral' is probably my favourite song on the album. It's probably the most 'poppy' sound on the record. I think this would make a brilliant single. Radio would eat this up. Another uplifting sounding song.
'Numb' is a dark rock song. It has a mind blowing chorus however, I feel when she performed it life it sounded much better. I think she should have 'cranked' it up more for the album.
'Havoc' is a beautiful piano ballad. It's the longest song on the album at almost 6 minutes and is one of those songs you need to listen to it multiple times before you 'get it'. I much prefer this to 'til you.
'Win And Win'. Well it was all going so well before this track. I just don't get this track. Where's the melody? It's just boring. Dissapointing.
'Receive' is the second single. This is very 90's sounding. Would fit well on Jagged Little Pill. Quite pop sounding. Really like this one.
'Edge of Evolution' is the album closer. Usually Alanis manages to pull of some amazing epic closing tracks ('Incomplete', 'Utopia') and I was really looking forward to this track based on the reviews but it really doesn't gel with me. Don't get me wrong it's a nice track, but I was expecting something more.
There are also several bonus tracks available too. 'Jeckyll and Hyde' features a rap from her husband SoulEye. 'Will You Be My Girlfriend' is a nice inoffensive song. 'Magical Child' is beautiful.
It's not a bad album. Alanis seems to sell less and less for each album and although we know she'll never reach the heights of Jagged Little Pill anytime again, it's a shame that she does seem really underrated in the UK. 'Havoc' is a great little album. I wouldn't say it's her best but it's still nice enough to listen to. Some of the songs are really catchy and uplifting.
One thing I will say though, is that I hope she doesn't wait 4 more years for the follow-up. I think she's still got it in her to make another truely epic album.
Top 5 Tracks:
4. Woman Down
Summary: Great effort.