Alanis Morissette’s “Havoc and Bright Lights” a near-perfect success

Alanis Morissette: Havoc and Bright Lights

Due to get married and soon to have a baby, Alanis Morissette graces fans with a new helping of her unique brand of pop through her newest album, “Havoc and Bright Lights.” And it’s a worthy listen by far.

The album features smooth and relaxing lyrics and beats, calming one’s mind.

“Guardian,” the album’s hit song, proves itself to be an upbeat and happy listen. It’s similar to her old songs, such as “Hand In My Pocket” and “Ironic.” It sports a random but interesting guitar piece in the chorus.

“’Til You” shows a more soothing and kicked-back side of Morissette. It has lovely lyrics and is the type of song you’d want to hear at a wedding.

The song “Havoc” is not only elegant with relatable lyrics, and is the perfect, soft-sided song to fall asleep to.

Songs like “Celebrity” and “Numb” have a very different combination of European and other Non-Western-inspired sound elements. They sound mesmerizing and out of this world.

There are a few songs that are different than even those. For instance, “Empathy” has a country-sounding edge to it that isn’t like Morissette’s usual repertoire.

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Overall, the album has potential that shows different sides of Morissette. All in all, she leaves fans pretty satisfied.

The only problem with this album was the last song, “Jekyll and Hyde.” It either needs to be removed completely or the sound and rhythm have to be changed. It has a sort of remixed sound to it that is unnecessary. Morissette could have made this song more eery and interesting, rather than adding an uncredited rapper into it. All the songs were beautiful and promising, and this one song killed the album’s perfection.

Artist: Alanis Morissette

Album: “Havoc and Bright Lights”

Label: Columbia

Release date: Aug. 28, 2012

Rating: 4