Flavors Of Entanglement - Alanis Morissette
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  • Summary: The Canadian singer releases her latest album, produced by Guy Sigsworth.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Somehow, a devastating personal experience has galvanized her songwriting in a way that domestic bliss, as showcased on 2004's disappointing "So-Called Chaos," could not.
  2. It's a cluttered affair with bleeping, buzzing lows (harshly ambient tracks like "Straightjacket" and "Versions of Violence") and a handful of humble high points in a pair of lovely piano ballads.
  3. It's a lot like "Jagged Little Pill," but musically this is far closer to the muddled mystic worldbeat of "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie," thanks in large part to her collaboration with Guy Sigsworth, best known for his productions with Björk and Madonna.
  4. Canadian firebrand loses her spark.
  5. If Alanis lacks breadth in terms of her subject matter, and she does, she makes up for it in the rich variety of styles that have influenced each track.
  6. 50
    Psychology textbooks are less linguistically challenged and just as littered with cases of emotional breakdowns. [June 2008, p.114]
  7. 40
    It's the no-frills productions like 'Not As We' which stand out, although these are marred by the lyrics--a mess of self-help-manual platitudes and environmentally minded bollocks. [July 2008, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. May 5, 2012
    10
    Excellent album. Thoroughly enjoy every song, although personally I prefer the extended edition....if only for the song 'Limbo No More' Certainly worth a listen. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jun 13, 2008
    10
    Best album since JLP. Great heartfelt lyrics and clever melodies. Some of the songs are bizarre, but she pulls them off nicely. She has also produced some of her best piano/slow ballads. Buy this if you have ever been a fan. Welcome back Alanis!! Expand
  3. LeeS
    Jun 12, 2008
    10
    This is Alanis's best album since Jagged Little Pill. It's filled with anger, sadness and a tiny taste of happiness. Beyond satisfying!
  4. KyleD
    Jun 28, 2008
    10
    This is her best album in years!!!
  5. LuisG.
    Jun 24, 2008
    9
    Alanis Morissette is a creature of habit raw, bare, unapologetic, dared and consistent when speaking her truth which by now your either putt off by or welcome her full journal canvas way or recording albums is apparent again like Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie and its predecessor Jagged Little Pill " FLAVORS OF ENTANGLEMENT" is clear singer-songwriter territory under the wing of Guy Sigsworth ( Madonna, BjorK ) alanis sounds at times tamed yet eloquent in her deliverance even with clumsy lyrics ( On the tequila, Giggling Again for no reason) with a flare of synth-programming, dance loops and an offering of such vulnerableness that even for alanis seems extreme but then after such a public breakup one cannot relent otherwise. FOE is candid with a choice of diction that no one like alanis delivers a dictionary comes in handy if your ears are being trained by the hip hop bombast on radio today. FOE will not win alanis any new league of fans but will satisfy and set forth another staple in her signature artistry. KEY TRACKS: Citizen Of the Planet , Underneath Straitjacket, Not As We, In Praise of the vulnerable man, Incomplete. B SIDES Orchid / The Guy Who leaves. Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2013
    9
    I didn't know who Alanis Morissette was until 2008, when I saw her live performance at Rock in Rio, Lisbon, and I seriously regret that. She's one of those artists whose songs have true meaning for the singer, plus she's a very likable and down to earth person. "Flavors of Entanglement" is very different from her international debut album "Jagged Little Pill", it shows a more vulnerable side with mainly serene songs, like "Not as We" and "Torch". There's also an electronic component in this record, which, even though doesn't match Alanis's style, gives a more relaxed feel to some of the songs. Overall I think it's her best effort since "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" Expand
  7. Nov 11, 2011
    2
    This album makes it quite clear: Alanis Morissette doesn't have a single good album left in her. Whatever happened to the down-to-earth, levelheaded woman who wrote so many earnest, tell-it-like-it-is pop songs in 1995? Maybe the pressure of fame whittled down her edge: as she graduated from young woman to full blown adult over the course of five or six albums, she has steadily inundated her music with an ever-increasing amount of self-conscious psychobabble. And each album has been worse than the one before. On Flavors of Entanglement, she's as confessional as she was fifteen years ago, but after two decades of reading self-help books, her confessions are somewhat embarrassing and unpleasant to hear. Morissette frequently uses jargon that's usually reserved for a psychologist's couch, heightening the sense that we are in the unpleasant head of a too-self-conscious neurotic. Witness the laundry list of therapy terms in Versions of Violence: "Diagnosing, analyzing, Unsolicited advice, Explaining and controlling, judging opining and meddling"; the awkward phrasing of Moratorium: "I declare a moratorium on things relationship, i declare a respite from the toils of liason." And don't get me started on the sophomoric rambling of "Giggling Again for No Reason", which has lyrics and a title that would be embarrassing for a 14 year old girl to write, let alone a full grown woman. So the final result is an awkward mess of unmelodic, unsurprising and somewhat affected lyrics from the mind of someone who has become less than interesting. Not a jagged little pill...a big, bland, dry one. Expand

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