Havoc and Bright Lights - Alanis Morissette

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Feb 18, 2013
    For me, the best moments on 'Havoc and Bright Lights' come in the forms of "Guardian", "Woman Down", "Edge of Evolution" and "Receive", each one blurring commercial pop-rock with more electro-influenced sounds. However these four decent songs are positioned at the beginning and end of the album leaving a very bland, VERY Adult-Contemporary chunk of filler in the middle. In a desperate attempt to perk up 'Havoc and Bright Lights' Morissette suffocates these songs in slick, slimey production thanks to Joe Chiccarelli (Elton John, U2, Tori Amos) and Guy Sigsworth (Madonna, Britney Spears, Bj√∂rk). This results in the painfully contrived "Lens" and "Celebrity", the dreary mess "'Til You" and the cringeworthy "Win and Win". It just all feels a bit too forced and a little bit lazy, lacking the spontaneous honesty that Morissette presented so well with her previous albums. Full Review »
  2. Sep 1, 2012
    "With its more radio-friendly beats, experimental trance, complex lyrical content and softer tone music, its truly good enough to say that its a great welcome back to Mrs. Morissette" Full Review »
  3. Dec 16, 2012
    My expectations for this album were quite low because I'm a fan of "Jagged Little Pill" and that's about it. Turns out that "Havoc and Bright Lights" is one of the best she did. Not a fan of her smooth songs but loving the Alternative-Angry-Rock-like-Alanis-can-do "Numb" and "Celebrity". An album I played more often then I would've thought since it's been released, it has to be good otherwise I wouldn't listen to it. One of her best! Full Review »