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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
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3 years later was the release of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, which wasn't as good as Pill but it still rocked, spawning the hits "Thank U", "Unsent", and "So Pure".
2 years ago, Alanis released Under Rug Swept, which in my opinion was her worst album. It had the singles "Hands Clean" and "Precious Illusions".
"Everything" was the first single from So-Called Chaos and it was definitely a terrible choice-- it's the worst song on the album. The best move possibly for the first single would have been "Knees Of My Bees"-- it's so catchy that everyone would love it.
So-Called Chaos opens with "Eight Easy Steps", her next US single. Eight Easy Steps is a catchy, fast-paced rocker that's produced by a sitar. It's a highlight, but definitely not a favorite.
In Europe, Alanis released "Out Is Through" as her second single, and it has a really bad video. It's just some blonde girl trying to get to an Alanis concert. If you're a fan, it's worth seeing. It's at [...] and you need RealPlayer to view it. Out Is Through is a catchy pop track that was probably made for radio. It's a very simple song, yet catchy.
The third track is "Excuses" which is my second favorite from this album. I have a feeling this will be the third single, if there is one, and I have an even better name-- Precious Illusions Part II. The lyrics and the sound are very similar to Precious Illusions, and by coincidence, both are my second favorite from the album (PI follows Narcissus). However, this is a better track than Precious Illusions.Read more ›
To me, Alanis' music has grown so much since Jagged Little Pill. I liked SFIJ, enjoyed URS, and simply LOVE So Called Chaos. It has received the most play time by me since Jagged Little Pill, and I just do not get tired of it.
Just because Alanis' attitude and outlook on life has changed, it doesn't mean her music is worse - it's just different. It's a growth she has gone through as an artist.
And I just don't get why anyone would say that they have heard these songs before..... The only similarity I see in "Eight Easy Steps" as compared to "21 Things" is that they both have numbers in the title. The songs are completely different, as is the entire album.
Alanis still remains one of the few artists out there that writes and sings songs with some meaning to them, and doesn't try to appeal to the mainstream just for the sake of what the mainstream wants artists to do. She still beats to her own drummer, and that's why I already can't wait for the next one.
"Eight Easy Steps" opens the album. It is one of my favorites. It is about how hypocritical people that dish out advice can be. In the age of Dr. Phil and all those other people who love to give advice, this is the right song for the right time. I think it would make a great single for Alanis. "Out Is Through" is the second song. I love the lyrics because she is very right. This song is followed by "Excuses", which I think lyrically is a lot like "Precious Illusions" off of her Under Rug Swept album. It is as good as that song and it's very honest. The next song, "Doth I Protest Too Much", is one of my favorites. It's great to see Alanis singing about a relationship completely devoid of jealousy and rage, as her past songs have been. This song is all about growth and I love it! Next is "Knees of my Bees". The title is very cool and the song itself lives up to the promise of its title. Alanis always puts her own spin on love songs and this is no exception. "So-Called Chaos" is the next song and I love it. The music to these song sounds really cool and the chorus is just amazing. "Not All Me" follows this song and although the opening of this song is a tad cheesy, it gets good really quickly and turns into a really meaningful song. "This Grudge" is the most revelatory song here and it shows Alanis moving forward from an old hurt.Read more ›
I was really excited when i heard the first single Everything but... hey!
I don't know why but all the songs feels just like i've hearded them a thousand times before!
They're not bad, absolutely, in fact Everything is very listenable and full of emotions.
Out Is Trough is also a good song, as spineless, this grudge and the title track, but they all are too similar to old alanis work. There's no "really" new material, only revisitations of old songs!
They could be easily placed in under rug swept or in jagged little pill.
So in conclusion So-Called Chaos is not a bad album; it's a very good album, but everything feels just exactly the same as her previous material.
In my opinion the album will have overall disappointing sales (i don't hope so, but...) and after this album we can hope that Alanis will change something in her music and will surprise us with some really original material.
If you want, buy it but don't expect anything really new.
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J'ai reçu le CD à date, le seul problème c'est que toute les supports qui retiennent le milieu du CD étaient brisés. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2012 by Marie
A short time ago she released "feast on scraps". Apparently she is still cleaning out her fridge and feeding us scraps. I love Alanis but this is just forgettable fodder. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2004
Jagged Little Pill was great, but since then Alanis has just churned out three albums with nothing new to offer, little inspiration, and lyrics that aren't particularly poetic or... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Hugo Calendar
I've played the heck out of Alanis' former CDs. This new one just doesn't have the same appeal. Alanis is happy in her personal life, and I'm happy for her, but her music was... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Regina C. Salvati
I'm a fan of Alanis. My favorite was the much-malingned Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. I wasn't thrilled with Under Rug Swept, but it was listenable. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by EmBee
I've read most of the other reviews that talk about
this album, and I agree with the fact that this is a
very readio frienly album... Read more
This CD is alright...Alanis has obviously taken to the trend of glossy, polished studio recordings, with the likes of Avril Lavigne. Read morePublished on July 9 2004
Judging by the lyrics, someone has definitely answered Alanis's personal ad "21 Things I Want In A Lover", the opening track on "Under Rug Swept". Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by bobby