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  • Summary: The Canadian singer-songwriter returns with ten new songs, co-produced by Morissette with John Shanks and Tim Thorney.

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Everything
I can be an asshole of the grandest kind I can withhold like it's going out of style I have the bravest heart that you've ever seen and you've never... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. 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.
  5. So in effect it's business as usual, down to the crunchy (and pretty good) arena-rock that counterpoints the lyrics.
  6. 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]
  7. Mojo
    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: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. Nov 25, 2021
    10
    Alanis Morissette's lyrics here are as great as ever and so it is her voice
  2. travisg
    May 24, 2004
    10
    great cd!
  3. DineshP
    Jul 12, 2006
    10
    Im sorry. I cant help it. im such a fan of her music. to me she can not commit a musical sin.
  4. LisaC
    May 19, 2004
    9
    Lovely melodies, quirky lyrics and an incredible voice.
  5. pennyc
    Jun 9, 2004
    9
    Not my absolute favorite, but I'm still not sick of it, 3 weeks later! Excellent- I was expecting less.
  6. RuanH.
    Aug 12, 2007
    7
    One of the more enjoyable Alanis Morissette albums.
  7. JoeW
    May 26, 2004
    3
    Her worst album yet. The music pretty good, but much of it, both musically and lyrically is a rehash of Under Rug Swept, almost to the point Her worst album yet. The music pretty good, but much of it, both musically and lyrically is a rehash of Under Rug Swept, almost to the point of cover songs ("Excuses" is a lyrical rehash of "Precious Illusions", "Bees of My Knees" is a music rehash of that same song.) It's all so recyled. The only progress seems to be that she cranks up the narcissism to an unbearable degree culminating in the unbearable "Everything" - a quagmire of "I, I, I," and "Me, Me, Me,". Alanis! Nobody, not even you darlin', are that interesting. Expand

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