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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. 60
    The Ottawan's new record abounds with moments most arresting for the crazy chutzpah with which she'll shoehorn a line of verse into a line of music whose rhythm puts the stresses on all the wrong words. [July 2008, p.104]
  5. Flavors of Entanglement is better than expected, but not as strong as we hoped it would be.
  6. "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" was emotionally complex but never without a nerve; the new Alanis, it seems, has many things to say, but they're all half-formed and stuck inside her head.
  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: 24 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 2 out of 26
  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'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 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. MoeinN.
    Jun 12, 2008
    10
    nothing is new...but i think this is new..got it?!...before i download this album i was thinking this is going to be the best..& this is nothing is new...but i think this is new..got it?!...before i download this album i was thinking this is going to be the best..& this is good.. not the best!...got it?! Expand
  4. KyleD
    Jun 28, 2008
    10
    This is her best album in years!!!
  5. JoeC
    Jun 19, 2008
    9
    Excellent album. Her best since JLP. There is something so heartfelt about the music.
  6. JenniferA.
    Jul 11, 2008
    9
    Fantastic! I'm glad and appreciative that she gave the reigns over to someone else to work his magic. Her best since "jagged"!
  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,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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