Alanis Morissette’s “Flavors of Entanglement”

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Here’s a little fact: At this moment, I own four movies. That’s it. When shipping household items for a move overseas costs roughly, as I recall, $20,000 a kilo, shoes take precedence over entertainment. I did slip a few movies I’d miss into my airplane carry-on, though, and happily pulled them down on my head from the overhead compartment with every plane change. One of the few to make it was Dogma. I would sit through an entire movie starring Ben Affleck to catch a glimpse of only one woman: Alanis Morissette.

And here’s some excellent news for those of you who feel the same way. Morissette’s new album, Flavors of Entanglement, is due to be released this spring. It’s generating buzz for the quality of the lyrics and for her songwriting — of course. I mean, not for nothing did she earn a lifetime achievement award at age 33. (Speaking of achievement, if you haven’t seen her take on “My Humps,” go watch it. Like, now. You won’t be sorry.)

I have high hopes for the new album. Maybe it was my angsty impressionable teenage years, but none of her subsequent albums have held the attraction for me of Jagged Little Pill. But so far, I like what I’ve heard about the new album. Take the video for “Underneath,” one of the singles. I found it sort of moving.

 

 

As always, Morissette manages to communicate her understanding of human emotions through simple and beautiful imagery, and her vocals are smooth yet strong as ever. And an umbrella underwater? That’s just neat.

For those of you in a lucky few cities, she’s touring at the end of this month. Catch the schedule on her website. (Why doesn’t it surprise me that the opening page of her website quotes Anaïs Nin? Just when I thought I couldn’t love her more.)

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