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ALANIS MORISSETTE – SO CALLED CHAOS - WARNER MUSIC
Record Rating: ***

Alanis Morissette - So Called Chaos - Warner Music Way back in the early 90s, she was a teen bubblegum pop singer in Canada who found mild success with her Kylie Minogue act. A few years later she turned 20, and instead of trying to become the next Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette totally revamped her image. Presenting herself as a bitter, jaded, angst-ridden, unapologetic and jilted woman on her Jagged Little Pill – the results were astounding.

The album sold 15 million plus in the States alone, and bagged her 5 Grammy Awards in one single night. Close to 10 years later, after having traveled to India and experienced somewhat of a spiritual epiphany that she gave us on her last release - Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie – alternative music’s current first lady returns. Her latest release – So Called Chaos, sounds more confident and musically polished than its predecessor and the 10 tracks revel in her idiosyncrasies.

Lead single Everything was a top ten hit last year in late 2004, borrowing itself from an expansive U2-esque song riff. The entire album follows suit like this single, for make no mistake; this is a slick, unabashedly mainstream pop-rock record. The track like Knees Of My Bees restates her interest in Indian instrumentation, while Eight Easy Steps glides along the polarities of her rock personality. The album slows down with the only ballad, the semi-haunting This Grudge with Morissette assessing the damage of a broken relationship. You will be disappointed about one thing though; the album itself is only 40 minutes long, making this possibly the shortest Alanis Morissette album ever. You won't be dazzled, but you won't be disappointed either.

These days, you pretty much can figure what you're getting when you buy an album by Alanis Morissette. If you’re new to her music, So Called Chaos is not really a solid starting point. First get yourself a copy of her Grammy winning Jagged Little Pill, and then you could give this one a listen. It will open up her music to you in a whole new perspective.

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