• Record Label: Maverick
  • Release Date: May 18, 2004
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. It's brighter, denser, catchier than either of its immediate predecessors, and boasts her most assured singing yet.
  2. 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.
  3. Spin
    75
    Sonically, Morissette has hit a peak. [Jun 2004, p.109]
  4. She isn't exploring new emotional ground, but her personal delivery and self-deprecating tone still go a long way.
  5. While more musically complex than previous set "Under Rug Swept," "Chaos" has less experimentation and fewer vocal intricacies.
  6. Yes, she still has an interesting voice that's beautiful and quirky at the same time, but there's so much here to sift through and nothing much that immediately grabs you.
  7. Q Magazine
    60
    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]
  8. So in effect it's business as usual, down to the crunchy (and pretty good) arena-rock that counterpoints the lyrics.
  9. 60
    Her signature sound -- voice snarling through a tangle of massed guitars -- is here, but so is a softer, more vulnerable tone. The melodies, while radio-ready, have a stomping insistence.
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    58
    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]
  11. The music rings proudly, but the narcissism is suffocating.
  12. One can only take so much well-adjustment before one gets sick of the instrumental and vocal sappiness and moves onto greener, more tormented pastures.
  13. Rolling Stone
    40
    How can Morrissette expect her introspection to be taken seriously when her songs sound like vintage Bryan Adams? [10 Jun 2004, p.91]
  14. By track three, something awful is apparent.
  15. Mojo
    20
    She's lost track of almost everything that made her music marvellous. [Jun 2004, p.101]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 51
  2. Negative: 4 out of 51
  1. Oct 24, 2017
    6
    Infelizmente esse CD foi desapontador. Alanis veio decaindo, o problema é que o próximo de 2008 conseguiu ser pior que esse. Felizmente emInfelizmente esse CD foi desapontador. Alanis veio decaindo, o problema é que o próximo de 2008 conseguiu ser pior que esse. Felizmente em 2012 ela fez um melhor que superou todos esses da década de 2000. Full Review »
  2. Feb 17, 2015
    4
    After its peak in Jagged little pill and Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie and Under Rug Swept, we expected that alanis continue furtherAfter its peak in Jagged little pill and Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie and Under Rug Swept, we expected that alanis continue further evolving in their next releases. What definitely did not happen! So-Called Chaos is a tacky disaster. Consists of ten songs Avril Lavigne standard pop / rock extremely boring, Alanis presents no novelty compared to their previous albums .The same themes, the same melodies pop / rock stressful and manufactured choruses that even worked in Under Rug Swept, but do not work aqui.So-Called Chaos is the worst album of alanis career and unsuccessful on the charts. Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2013
    7
    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 AlanisIt'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". Full Review »