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On her new album Havoc and Bright Lights, Alanis Morissette distills her entire body of work into its closing track “Edge of Evolution.” “…we’re ready to push envelopes into full-blown consciousness,” she declares in the final verse. “The evolution of our consciousness can be such a lofty, overly heady, and, frankly, confusing conversation for ... Read more in Amazon's Arabian Prince Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0016AJU2C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Citizen Of The Planet
2. Underneath
3. Straitjacket
4. Versions Of Violence
5. Not As We
6. In Praise Of The Vulnerable Man
7. Moratorium
8. Torch
9. Giggling Again For No Reason
10. Tapes
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Orchid
2. The Guy Who Leaves
3. Madness
4. Limbo No More
5. On The Tequila

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ALANIS MORISSETTE Flavors Of Entanglement (2008 UK Deluxe Edition 2-CD album set comprising the 11-track CD album including Underneath and Not As We Are; plus a Bonus 5-track CD of previously unreleased tracks including Orchid The GuyWho Leaves Madness Limbo No More & On The Tequila. Housed in a hype-stickered card picture slipcase with booklet)


Though the mainstream might have all but abandoned Alanis Morrissette since her mid-90s breakthrough as the MTV grunge generation’s Madonna, she has forged on with a handful of albums of a reasonably steely consistency. Although even kindly ears would recognise her output since Jagged Little Pill as reduced strength versions of that celebrated album. Its slightly convoluted follow up, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, remains her most intriguing if long-winded work, and with her most recent record (2004’s So Called Chaos) more or less finding peace with itself--filing down the angsty internal dialogues and sounding almost content even at its loudest points--the future seemed to be heading on a downward spiral. But talk about an about turn. With Flavours Of Entanglement the bronco is very much bucking once more, often causing whiplash-inducing stylistic swerves. "Citizen Of The Planet" opens the album, erupting out of eastern strings and a sequenced underlay with blunt, compressed guitars and thumping beats, sweeping through desolate plains previously inhabited by nu-metal fantasists Evanescence. The dark tension is upheld through the robotic techno of "Straightjacket" and dark string-laden drum ‘n’ bass of "Moratorium". Landing amid the lonely Tori Amos balladry of "Not As We", Texas-pop of "In Praise Of The Vulnerable Man" and more typical Alanis fare of "Underneath", this is an often unsettlingly mixed bag achieving varying levels of success, but it is also probably her most emotionally satisfying work for a decade. --James Berry

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chappers TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'd kept an eye out for this release for a while as I've always been a fan of Alanis' unique sound. I quickly changed my order from the standard release to the "DeLuxe" edition as soon as I'd noticed that it existed as I always tend to go for 2-disc releases of albums if they seem good value.

I'm so glad I did, because the second disc, although relatively brief, has a couple of stand-out tracks that are real 5-star items in their own right. For them to feature on a bonus CD instead of the main disc was a pleasant although slightly puzzling discovery. The two tracks I'm referring to are "Orchid" and "Madness". Both are totally stunning in my opinion and I could listen to them over and over. "Orchid" has a harmonious sound with a pleasant flowing nature, tied in by a curious bass line that just seems to fit perfectly. "Madness" is perhaps my favourite track on the entire double disc. It is both gentle and powerful with well-used piano aspects and a quiet, simple drum beat.

Back to the main disc, there are several stand-out tracks for me, namely: "Underneath"; "Moratorium"; "Torch" and "Tapes". Of these tracks "Moratorium" seems perhaps the most far-removed from what I believed Alanis' safe-zone to be, being quite a quick rythmic beat and quite a dark and synthesized sound overall, but it works very well. "Torch" is a track that has parts of it that make your spine tingle if you're in the mood for it, really quite enthusing stuff. "Tapes" perhaps sits alongside "Madness" and "Orchid" as favourite tracks overall. Well lyricised and well-paced to suit the nuances of Alanis' vocals.

The two tracks I felt least-worthy of being on the album were both closing tracks on the discs, namely "Incomplete" and "On the Tequila".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith VINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is my first Alanis Morissette album I've bought and its made a big impression on me and I've decided to get her back catalogue from this one CD>

Fans of Imogen Heap, Frou Frou, Venus Hum and Mandalay should feel right at home here as Guy Sigworth has produced the album with Alanis and his trademark technological wizardry is very much present. From pop beats to shimmering synths and ethnic fused percussion, each song is full of life and energy. Balancing off that are a few ballad types with the emotion "Not As We" being a particular favourite - just vocal and piano.

The beauty of the album is that despite having many things going on all at once the songs have a base of simplicity and so they are catchy while having a certain depth to them too. The guitars are still present for older listeners and fans but they are washed in all kinds of synthesized fun. The bonus disc contains some of the best works too and so if you can pick up the deluxe version.

A fantastic album and I hope it does well. Stand outs for me being "Citizen of the Planet", "Straitjacket" "Not As We", "Tapes", "Orchid" and "Limbo No More".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LittleMoon VINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I was born in the same year as Alanis, as such, vapid as it might seem, I feel "we've had this inexplicable connection since our youth". A few weeks into this album, and overall I love it.

"Tapes" is for me Alanis at her most resplendent: vulnerable, self-aware, defiant. Opening with lyrical self-deprecation:

"I am someone easy to leave"

you might be tempted to give her a good shake, yet the chorus crashes in with steely sound:

"All these tapes in my head swirl around
Keeping my vibe down
All these thoughts in my head aren't my own
Wreaking havoc"

OK, you know she's alright really. The song moves from the gentle diary entries of self-pity to the "snap-out-of-it" refrain. Ironically, it's precisely this constant struggle between lack of vibe and havoc that allows her to flourish musically, that enables this, the finest song on the album, to exist.

"Straightjacket" gets closest to that Jagged Little Pill raging, and proves that Alanis still has that unique talent for making anger just sound so damn good.

Other great flavours include the vibrant "Citizen of the Planet", the dark "Versions of Violence", the indulgent, longing "Torch", the decisive "Moratorium" and the pure, happy "Giggling Again for no Reason"

"Underneath"... I'm still on the fence about this one.

As usual it's the slower tracks (for me) that let the album down. "Not as We" looks great in theory, and on paper, but the reality doesn't quite work.

It's also difficult to get enthusiastic about the last track "Incomplete".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mister superstar on 12 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Alanis Morissette has always caused a mental divide in my own opinions, she produces music that, to me, is good and bad all at the same time. It very much depends on my mood... as sometimes it could prove to bland and over complicated, other times it will refresh and calm providing me with something to think about. After the last record "So-Called Chaos" you wouldn't have been blamed for not really expecting much from this latest effort but let me say right now that this record is leaps and bounds ahead of that, and anything else she has made in the last decade.

Experimentation is where it is all at, her first two international albums ("Jagged Little Pill" & "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie") had her playing around with different styles and each produced something harsh and thought provoking, yet totally different in sound. Unfortunately the years after this had her fall into some unfortunately comfortable territory, and while I understand an artist must find their own sound, that still shouldn't stop you from taking chances and unfortunately Alanis played it a bit too safe.

To my amazement, this latest effort from the sharp tongued Canadian is as funky and chirpy as it is melodic and angry. When it was first announced that this album would be more in the vein of Electronically inspired acts there was a lot of upset and skepticism, luckily for everyone this was almost completely unjustified.

I myself am already a fan of electro, and love acts such as Frou Frou, Ladytron and Goldfrapp so forgive me if this is all just in personal taste but for me this was great news and a very exciting prospect. Some of the tracks are slow, melodic and harp back to the Alanis of old, others are stomping (yes...
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