Alanis Morissette

Album Title: So-Called Chaos
Release Date: May 18, 2004
Genre: Pop/Rock
No one could ever accuse Alanis Morissette of attempting to surpass herself. So the case is true with her latest album, So-Called Chaos. Nearly a decade on from the vitriolic Jagged Little Pill, Morissette has left behind her angry, younger self, producing an album that exudes her customary emotional and intellectual intensity, yet offers exquisite new personal insights. 'Eight Easy Steps' brims with lyrics etched from her oft-tumultuous private life, eliciting a more thoughtful reflection rather than an emotional eruption. 'Out Is Through' and 'Excuses' are snappy, obvious choices for the singles chart. 'So-Called Chaos', from which the album borrows its title, and 'This Grudge' delve deep into her retrospective psyche, allowing the doors of her past to finally close.

So-Called Chaos differentiates itself from previous albums in its clearly defined advancement, notably in the self-referential acknowledgement, 'Doth I Protest Too Much'. Morissette's lyrics are of the norm - mind-bending and often difficult to interpret - yet also depart, edging into "the next baby step", as Morissette affirms on the bonus material included on the disc. More assured than Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, yet not as raw and unfettered as Jagged Little Pill, Chaos allows Morissette to remain edgy, yet accessible, both to long-time followers and initiates.

Writer: Steve Bromby

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