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Multi-platinum, Grammy winning artist Alanis Morissette, is releasing her new album Havoc And Bright Lights, on August 28th (Collective Sounds/Sony RED). Produced by Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Madonna, Seal) and Joe Chiccarelli (Tori Amos, Elton John, My Morning Jacket, U2) and recorded in Los Angeles, the album marks the songstress' first release in four years.

"This record, as always, is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care about, and what strikes me at 4 in the morning in my most introspective moments," says Morissette. "It is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song. I can't wait to share it with this fun and funny planet, and to tour, and can't WAIT to have the lively, engaging and challenging conversations that these songs may invite."

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Guardian
  2. Woman Down
  3. 'Til You
  4. Celebrity
  5. Empathy
  6. Lens
  7. Spiral
  8. Numb
  9. Havoc
  10. Win and Win
  11. Receive
  12. Edge of Evolution

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collective Sounds
  • ASIN: B008568U4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on August 28, 2012
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Alanis Morissette will not earn many new converts with "Havoc and Bright Lights," but she will keep her devoted fan base pleased with this smart, sturdy collection of tunes.

Devotees hoping for a continuation of the high watermark set by 2008's "Flavors of Entanglement" will be disappointed. While "Havoc..." may not be as impressive or irrepressible as that collection, however, Morissette must be given credit for not repeating herself. The four years, after all, have brought her into the thick of marriage and motherhood, and that is reflected in a freer, decidedly less anxious set of tunes.

Part and parcel of this new perspective are the likes of "Til' You" and "Empathy." Deceptively unengaging and soft at the core, they soon reveal their lyrical and melodic treasures upon repeated play, underscoring the irreplaceable value of Morissette's highly individual style.

Tunes such as "Lens" and "Win and Win" follow suit. Kind, altruistic and gentle are not synonymous with banal in Morissette's vocabulary. She manages to touch on themes of interconnectedness and universality without inducing groans or recycling preceding ideas. One of her key assets is an ability to express her ideas in an unorthodox, through-the-backdoor fashion, rewarding listeners with poetic ears.

"Receive" is particularly moving with its full-bodied chorus, as is the sprightly, acutely self-aware "Spiral" - they are but a few idiosyncrasies away from being radio friendly.

She still rocks hard when she wants to. "Woman Down" blisters and pierces in its righteous anti-misogyny, proving Morissette can still make her enemies cower if the spirit so moves her.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on August 28, 2012
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I'm not one of those people that have shrugged off Morissette's work after JAGGED LITTLE PILL. I've kept up with her work since then though and enjoyed most of what she's released since then (I wasn't able to check out FLAVORS OF ENTANGLEMENT). It saddens me to say that this is probably the first album that I've listened to by Morissette that I didn't out-and-out love. I like it -- but it doesn't live up to the albums that have come before it. This album (similarily to SO-CALLED CHAOS) feels like Morissette is an artist who is completely comfortable with herself in the studio; much like David Bowie's later work, it feels less like Morissette is trying to challenge her audience or prove herself, but instead, she's writing songs and music that she's enjoying and is comfortable with. This isn't another JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and that's fine: Morissette shows that inspiration can be found in the mellow, happy moments of life.

Musically, HAVOC AND BRIGHT LIGHTS moves all over the place. With producers Joe Chiccarelli and Guy Sigsworth, Morissette achieves a variety of tone sand styles. The first track and lead single, "Guardian," is a light rocker that harkens back to the mid-90's sound. The following track, "Woman Down" is glossed with electronic beats, but this production doesn't slow Morissette down. Perhaps the most angry song of the bunch, "Celebrity," pulls off a gritty hard-rock sound. Pushing past that, the album covers a ton of ground lyrically as well. "Lens" tackles differences of philosophy and religion while "Woman Down" works as a feminist anthem. The final track, "Edge of Evolution" is the least conventional of all of these songs, and it's a welcome foray into new territory for Morissette.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 31, 2012
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From the very beginning with her first music, Alanis Morissette has done one thing very, very well; she's stripped away all the masks and gotten deeper. It's why I loved her from the start and kept buying even when critics and the very fickle music industry rejected her change of direction.
The biggest surprise for me was "Till You" which is completely different from anything I've heard from her. I love it because it reveals a softer side, the edges off. "Guardian" remains my favorite song. The edgier "Numb" is reminiscent of "Collide" with it's minor chord sound. My least favorite song is "Win and Win" though the words are awesome, the music was meh. (Your mileage may vary). I love the song "Receive" which speaks to those of us who have a tough time taking care of ourselves. "Edge of Evolution" is all about change and moving forward. It's got a great unique sound. Morissette's lyrics are always thoughtful and emotionally charged. This CD is no different.
Maybe it's because she has always tapped into something in me that has changed and grown as she has, but she has expressed much of my own feelings. One thing about Alanis; she won't hold back where ever she is spiritually, emotionally and musically. As a fan, I love that about her.
If you're looking for shallow, this isn't it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Bradley on September 8, 2012
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On 'Havoc and Bright Lights,' Alanis Morissette has, once again, revealed why she is in a genre of her own. She is, undeniably, a lyrical genius and has displayed this throughout her musical career. She continues this on her latest album of work. Her unique voice coupled with her ingenious words proves her music is still as fresh and unique as it was 17 years ago when she surged onto the musical scene. `Havoc and Bright Lights' isn't `Jagged Little Pill Part 2' and I don't expect or need for it to be. Instead, this album shows a very current Alanis and her state-of-mind in life ...modern, renewed, and it articulates that she is still questioning things that matter and is continuing her quest for answers, yet, at the same time, offering some solutions. Her music has always been relatable, a favorite of mine, and her song-writing skills have led me to believe that she expresses and contains a spark unlike any other artist. This album continues my theory.

Alanis offers 12 songs on the standard edition of `Havoc and Bright Lights' and 8 additional songs that have been released randomly in her Havoc era. They all uphold a level of beauty and insight that I anticipate from this artistic master. The album itself flows well as a whole but the bonus tracks do offer an added variety in her sound and experiment more with her range of capabilities. Her husband, Souleye, also appears in 2 of the bonus songs and unexpectedly he adds a flavor to those 2 tracks that forces them to a good way.

1.Guardian-the first single off this album. It's a safe yet pronounced song that captures a mood the album contains. 4/5

2.Woman Down-the rumored-second-single offers a song addressing a collective problem. It's fast, attractive, and essential. 4.5/5

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So far the new song Guardian is AMAZING>>>>>>check it out
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