So-Called Chaos - Alanis Morissette
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  • Summary: The Canadian singer-songwriter returns with ten new songs, co-produced by Morissette with John Shanks and Tim Thorney.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. While there's nothing as irresistibly catchy as "Under Rug Swept"'s magnificent "Hands Clean", the overall impression, musically speaking, is one of freshness, optimism and energy. But better still, it's smart, and sussed, and frequently funny as hell.
  2. It's brighter, denser, catchier than either of its immediate predecessors, and boasts her most assured singing yet.
  3. She isn't exploring new emotional ground, but her personal delivery and self-deprecating tone still go a long way.
  4. So in effect it's business as usual, down to the crunchy (and pretty good) arena-rock that counterpoints the lyrics.
  5. It's too wordy by half, but underneath the psychobabble lies the most solid collection of AOR you're likely to encounter this year. [Jun 2004, p.105]
  6. Once more, her songs become little more than cloying ruminations or sarcastic harangues aimed at those who want to squash her individuality. [28 May 2004, p.121]
  7. 20
    She's lost track of almost everything that made her music marvellous. [Jun 2004, p.101]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Aug 23, 2013
    It's a good album, but not a great album. The sound is more relaxed and radio friendly, but it misses some of the deep emotion that Alanis has. Still, there's plenty of appealing songs to choose from, such as "8 Easy Steps", "Excuses" and "Everything". Expand

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