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So Called Chaos

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An album by Alanis Morissette

It's been a long time in coming, but withSo Called ChaosAlanis 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 … see full wiki

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"Chaos" is Okay

  • Jun 15, 2004
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+3
Starting off, there's something very different about "So-Called Chaos" that definately sets it apart from the other releases from Alanis Morissette. I'm not certain if its because this is a more "happy" release for Alanis M. Yeah, Alanis Morissette being happier is hard to grasp considering her past stories and such but it happens. Maybe its the lyrics or simply the sound but there's something that keeps it from being simply breathtaking. There's something that holds it back in places. I wasn't really (or at least haven't been quite yet) taken by any of the lyrics unlike in pervious releases. I wasn't shocked or surprised and nothing has really stuck with me. That being said, it was still a good release. She continues to evovle as a songwriter and artist and doesn't over stay her welcome in one area or one style.

1. "Eight Easy Steps" sort of reminds of "21 Things I Want in a Lover" from her last rlease 'Under Rug Swept.' It starts off with a rather odd sound but the chorus slips into a more rock sound. It's a song about how to be a really screwed up person, at least that's how I see the lyrics. An interesting way to start off the album. To me though, the only flaw is that the background beats and sounds muffles her voice, making it hard to follow her voice or the sounds in the background.

2. "Out is Through" I like this song because it is one of the more "pop" sounding songs I think Alanis Morissette has done. It draws its strength from the lyrics and the rather optimistic outlook on love and relationships. I like it because it has a late 80s/Early 90s sound to it.

3. "Excuses" is an interesting song dealing with restrictions and conflict. Things that hold her back from being completely happy and over powering. The background music is still very "pop" in sound but her voice is interesting and an interesting clash against the music.

4. "Doth I Protest Too Much" is one of the best songs on this release, in my opinion. The lyrics here are good. It's not an "angry" song as one my suspect from her but rather a statement of the things she doesn't like about the partner that inspires this. The music is very simple and sort of upbeat/ soft rock in sound.

5. "Knees of My Bees" has that Indian-influenced sound that made her previous release "Under Rug Swept" so interesting and catchy. A nice song that deals with the good qualities of that special someone. I like the lyrical approach to it; a subject matter that makes you pay attention and really think. "Knees of My Bees" is one of the more interesting love songs.

6. "So-Called Chaos" is one of the more moodier songs on the album. It's tone (musically and subject matter) is deeper and darker. It may be a great Morissette song (at least good) but it doesn't fit in with the other songs on this album. It's rather distracting and I think it will take more than a few listens to completely understand and get this song's message.

7. "Not All Me" is one of the better songs on this release. It goes back to this album's "pop" sounds but the lyrics and vocals make it a great song. I like the little sounds dispersed throughout the song as well as the points in the song where Morissette's voice seems to soar over the music. I like how while she takes on (again) the woes of a relationship with problems, she really isn't complaining as she did in previous songs but rather saying the things happening aren't all her fault. The lyrics and music along with the the vocals all work together to make an interesting and catchy song.

8. "The Grudge" is a rather moody and quiet song. It has a nice piano arrangement as well as good lyrics. It has a rather aged and whimsical feel to it but its simplicity works in its favor. It's one of the better songs on this album where everything seems to really come together at the end.

9. "Spineless" draws from its vocals. The sound though seems rehased from all the other songs we've heard so far on this album. There isn't much more to comment on from this song. It's okay, but nothing really stands out with it.

10. "Everything" has (at the time of this review) been released as the first single from the the album. I really like how it starts off with the different instruments building upon one another. The lyrics here are on mark for Alanis. While it sounds a lot like a pop song that could come out from any other artist, her lyrics that work against one another and struggle to find the confidence and comfort and stability makes for a powerful song. I also like the little chorus that comes in at the end.

Perhaps what makes this release so different from the others is the "pop" influence that Alanis Morissette seemed to stay clear of. Unlike in previous releases where she seemed to experiment with sound and style, all the sounds here are consistent in sound. It makes the songs sort of blend in with one another and takes away from the greatness of what she's capable of. I'd say that for some reason, perhaps the music, her voice seems muffled in some places and so the lyrics are hard to follow. Few songs really stand out and its hard to connect with some songs because it was hard to follow what she was saying. That being said though, it's a good release that definately shows she's willing to experiment with her sound and image.

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Label: Maverick
Release Date: May 18, 2004

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