Saturday, July 19, 2008

Here, can you handle this?

Before all the Feists and Regina Spektors, there was Alanis Morissette. Her iconic 1995 album Jagged Little Pill made her a permenent fixture in pop culture (What am I even saying? Of course you know Jagged Little Pill). She was the first singer-songwriter. Her lyrics, intelligent and razor-sharp, dissected the ails of our generation with harsh precision. Morissette dared to be honest while everyone else was just trying to be popular. She unleashed her powerful voice and gave us music we would listen to again and again. Morissette gave us poetry our souls would gravitate to and remember.

After such monumental success, she continued to make music. She played hits that would get considerable airplay, but were nevertheless forgettable. She eventually slid from the limelight. Many believed all her creative brilliance had gone into her first album.

On June 10, 2008, she released a new album Flavors of Entanglement. This undertaking was a form of therapy for the musician, whose recent split from Ryan Reynolds was a nasty kind of business (He is now engaged to Scarlett Johansson. Ooh-la-la.). She started writing to get "it out of her system." Reviews say Morissette does not repeat the anger that was so palpable in Pill, but engages in a spectrum of emotions. There's nothing like darkness to give a person inspiration.

I say, if you can find the mojo again, kudos.

P.S. If anyone has Flavors and wants to share...? Pretty please? ^__^

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