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Hit and miss,
This review is from: havoc and bright lights (Audio CD)
It's incredible to think Alanis has been around for so long, obviously an artist of her calibre has to evolve or face stagnation. Her finest work has come out of torment and failed relationships, however, this offering has been born out of mostly joy. Personally, I feel Alanis is at her best when she sings stripped back ballads or in contract rocks it out. This album is extremely poppy and the production at time makes you feel like she has been put through the washing machine, cleaning all the dirt and grit that made previous offerings so enjoyable.
The lead single "Guardian" is a poor first single choice as it is a bit bland and overproduced, it sets the tone for the whole album in general. "Celebrity" sounds like it is trying to recapture the past of her former angst, however, it doesn't quite manage it. The rest of the album then drifts off into obscurity. "Win and win" is a horrendous track, that sounds like something The Carpenters would have released. It's not until the final track "Magical child" in which you start to hear the direction in which Alanis should have gone.
I'm sure life long fans will differ in opinion, however, for me this is too weak an offering and can be quite sickly at times. At times it is bland, boring and safe, however, it is worth a listen as there are a few great tracks.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2012 14:48:09 BDT
Mr Nice Guy says:
Agree, a poor follow up to the fantastic Flavors of Entanglement
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