Flavors of Entanglement [Deluxe Edition] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The running joke goes like this: as soon as Alanis Morissette suffered a heartbreak like she did prior to Jagged Little Pill, she would once again write lyrics as vitriolic as confessional as that 1995 breakthrough. As any tabloid follower knows -- and really, in the new millennium we all follow the tabloids whether we like it or not -- Alanis split from fiancé Ryan Reynolds after the release of 2004's So-Called Chaos, an album that floated joyously on her newfound love, so it's no great stretch to see its 2008 follow-up, Flavors of Entanglement, as its opposite, a classic breakup record. And it is, filled with songs of heartbreak, anger, and regret, along with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The running joke goes like this: as soon as Alanis Morissette suffered a heartbreak like she did prior to Jagged Little Pill, she would once again write lyrics as vitriolic as confessional as that 1995 breakthrough. As any tabloid follower knows -- and really, in the new millennium we all follow the tabloids whether we like it or not -- Alanis split from fiancé Ryan Reynolds after the release of 2004's So-Called Chaos, an album that floated joyously on her newfound love, so it's no great stretch to see its 2008 follow-up, Flavors of Entanglement, as its opposite, a classic breakup record. And it is, filled with songs of heartbreak, anger, and regret, along with a healthy dose of self affirmation -- or at least it seems that way, as Alanis' words are harder than ever to parse, a mangled web of garbled syntax, overheated metaphors, and mystifying verbal contortions all requiring too much effort to decode. In that sense, it's a lot like Jagged Little Pill, but musically this is far closer to the muddled mystic worldbeat of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, thanks in large part to her collaboration with Guy Sigsworth, best known for his productions with Björk and Madonna. Given his résumé, it should come as no great surprise that Sigsworth gives Flavors of Entanglement some adventurous textures and drum loops, even electronically altered voices on occasion, but this is no dance record; it's a claustrophobic, cluttered adult pop album underpinned by a hazy new age sensibility, best heard if not best articulated on the "Citizen of the Planet," a thick swirling dirge which serves as an appropriate opening salvo for this dense murk, where the music is almost as impenetrable as the lyrics. Coming after the streamlined Under Rug Swept and light So-Called Chaos, this return to insularity is a bit startling yet it's welcome, both for those who find a personal connection within Alanis' accidentally cryptic confessions and those who like to listen to her ramblings with their mouths agape, as this overspills with emotional and musical dissonance, the kind that made her phenomenal success on Jagged Little Pill improbable and her slow descent into high-end liberal lifestyle music after Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie quite understandable. [A Deluxe Edition of the CD was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Maverick
  • UPC: 093624986362
  • Catalog Number: 480316
  • Sales rank: 16,962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Citizen of the Planet (4:22)
  2. 2 Underneath (4:07)
  3. 3 Straitjacket (3:08)
  4. 4 Versions of Violence (3:36)
  5. 5 Not as We (4:45)
  6. 6 In Praise of the Vulnerable Man (4:07)
  7. 7 Moratorium (5:34)
  8. 8 Torch (4:49)
  9. 9 Giggling Again for No Reason (3:48)
  10. 10 Tapes (4:26)
  11. 11 Incomplete (3:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Orchid (4:21)
  2. 2 The Guy Who Leaves (4:12)
  3. 3 Madness (6:21)
  4. 4 Limbo No More (5:21)
  5. 5 On the Tequila (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alanis Morissette Primary Artist
Peter Freeman Bass, Bass Guitar
Guy Sigsworth Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, Celeste, Cello, Clavichord, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Tabla, Triangle, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping, Sampling, Shaker, E-bow, Tubular Bells, Synthesizer Bass, Prepared Piano, Bass Harmonica
Jess Sutcliffe Strings
Suzie Katayama Conductor
Billy Bush Drums
Andy Page Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, E-bow, Synthesizer Bass
Sean McGhee Synthesizer, Background Vocals
Jared Nugent Piano
Blair Sinta Drums
Ben Tolliday Guitar
The Crocked Chorale Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Guy Sigsworth Arranger, Composer, Programming, Sound Effects, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production, Bass Programming, Drum Producer
Alanis Morissette Composer
Frank Ockenfels Cover Photo
Andy Page Programming, Sound Effects, Engineer, Digital Editing, drum programming, Mastering, Bass Programming, Sound Design
Frank Maddocks Photo Manipulation
Sean McGhee Programming, Engineer, Digital Editing
Fiora Cutler Arranger
Andrei Maberley Writer
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