So-Called Chaos finds one of music's most popular singer-songwriters coming to terms with who she is as an artist and a person. With a newfound maturity and life-affirming, positive perspective, Alanis Morissette crafts beauty out of chaos on one of the major new albums of the year.
It's been a long time in coming, but with So Called Chaos
Alanis Morisette has finally produced a worthy follow up to her globe-conquering debut. Calmer and more focused, the songs exude a new, mature woman, firmly in control of her life. "I'm not threatened by every pair of legs you watch go by," she sings with Zen-like serenity on "I Doth Protest Too Much" (as if she'd have said that on Jagged Little Pill
). Time mellows--leave the angst to Avril Lavigne.
Overexposure once made her fantastic voice grate, but now it's like welcoming back an old friend--that distinctive little warble, that softness
it's her most valuable asset and the simple, clean production wisely allows it to breathe freely. Most of the songs follow a slow, quiet verse/loud sucker chorus pattern and there's nothing on here that rivals anything from her debut, but everybody (including herself) has accepted that now. The absence of a world-class co-songwriter plays a part, but it's a refreshing change to see no external involvement. Accept Morisette for what she is--a female singer/songwriter with an exceptional, original voice and you won't be disappointed. --Ben Johncock