Alanis Morissette: Such Pretty Forks in the Road Album Review

6 Dec

Ablaze: I always feel intellectually elevated by Morissette’s lyrics. She uses complex words that are still accessible. This is a love song from mother to children. I like how she addresses each child, the boy and the girl, but it’s not sexist. She likes different things about them and wants different things for each, but not once is there a heteronormative view.

Reasons I Drink: This song is very catchy, and I like to see a matured, even keeled, yet still highly relatable human version of Alanis.

Diagnosis: A quiet piano-driven song with beautiful violins peppering in to evoke emotion.  I like how she’s still fiercely independent. She is saying she’s the one who has to live with this, and “…  call it what you want I don’t even care anymore.  Call me what you need to make yourself more comfortable.”  It’s such a powerful lyric and sentiment about embracing your mental status, no matter what others think or say about it.

Missing the Miracle: I don’t like how this song starts–a little too saccharine in the singing. It seems to be a poem.

Losing the Plot:  I like the darkness of this song.  The music itself has the wonderful deep bass sound that drives home the fact Morissette is digging deep emotionally and lyrically.  The piano trails off, which allows the listener to tune into the lyrics–it makes the song more thoughtful.  I also like the sentiment and word order of, “I am reaching the end of super-womaning.”  This might be one of Morissette’s best songs of her career (top 5).

Sandbox Love:  Too light for me.  It’s a little superficial musically and too optimistic(?) lyrically.  I see what she was trying to do here, but I think the song would have benefitted from more variation, and some heavier instrumentation somewhere.

Her:  I have to listen a 4th time to figure out what this song is about and what it’s saying. 

Nemesis:  Another song with darker music tones–I really like the sound she’s going toward.  

Pedestal:  I like the message and symbolism throughout this song.  And the strings are beautiful and melancholy, which fits the vibe nicely.  Now that I’m hearing a bridge, I think that’s maybe what those lighter songs I didn’t care for needed.  They needed something to break them up a little.  This bridge adds a sense of desperation, drama, and emotion.  

I feel like half of this album is my favorite.  It’s a more mature version of Morissette, though she’s still got that edge I’ve always loved.  She is honest and emotional, independant, yet in this album, there’s more vulnerability then I remember on prior works.

But then half of the songs fall into the “trite” category.  Maybe a little too saccharine for my liking.

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