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Havoc and Bright Lights

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rebounding from the breakup record of 2008's Flavors of Entanglement, Alanis Morissette is in a sunny mood on Havoc and Bright Lights, her first album in four years and first she's released since leaving her longtime home at Maverick Records. A new home suggests it's time for a rebirth and Havoc and Bright Lights certainly fits the bill, Morissette exuding a quiet bliss as a happy newlywed and mother, a sensibility that's tempered somewhat by Alanis also embracing her role as an elder statesman, hectoring all those young folk eager to become a "tattooed sexy dancing monkey" so they can become a "Celebrity." Such mild condescension doesn't surface all that often,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rebounding from the breakup record of 2008's Flavors of Entanglement, Alanis Morissette is in a sunny mood on Havoc and Bright Lights, her first album in four years and first she's released since leaving her longtime home at Maverick Records. A new home suggests it's time for a rebirth and Havoc and Bright Lights certainly fits the bill, Morissette exuding a quiet bliss as a happy newlywed and mother, a sensibility that's tempered somewhat by Alanis also embracing her role as an elder statesman, hectoring all those young folk eager to become a "tattooed sexy dancing monkey" so they can become a "Celebrity." Such mild condescension doesn't surface all that often, probably because Morissette is in an unusually benevolent mood, settling into her happiness without raising a single doubt or misgiving. Naturally, it follows that her music also feels quite comfortable. Working once again with producer Guy Sigsworth -- he helmed Flavors -- along with his new partner Joe Chiccarelli, Morissette flips Flavors inside out, winding up with a wide-open, cheerful set of adult pop, the kind where the sound matters more than the song. And that's not quite fair to Alanis, for as content as she is, she's still exploring the depths of her satisfaction, working out its pitfalls and plateaus. If the music shortchanges this struggle, presenting it as nothing more than a foregone conclusion, at least Havoc and Bright Lights is as soothing as a Sunday afternoon nap or a warm bath: it's music for when you know you're right where you want to be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • Label: Collective Records
  • UPC: 853423003178
  • Catalog Number: 18
  • Sales rank: 48,027

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Guardian (4:18)
  2. 2 Woman Down (3:36)
  3. 3 'Til You (4:07)
  4. 4 Celebrity (4:01)
  5. 5 Empathy (4:00)
  6. 6 Lens (4:08)
  7. 7 Spiral (4:17)
  8. 8 Numb (4:10)
  9. 9 Havoc (5:53)
  10. 10 Win and Win (5:01)
  11. 11 Receive (4:28)
  12. 12 Edge of Evolution (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alanis Morissette Primary Artist, Vocals
Paul Bushnell Bass
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Joe Chiccarelli Keyboards
Lili Haydn Violin
Victor Indrizzo Percussion, Drums
Tim Pierce Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Guy Sigsworth Keyboards
Lyle Workman Electric Guitar
Sean Hurley Bass
Mike Daly Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Babko Keyboards
Zac Rae Keyboards
David Levita Electric Guitar
Chris Elms Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
David Campbell Woodwind Arrangement
Joe Chiccarelli Producer, drum programming
Bill Mims Engineer
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Guy Sigsworth Composer, Producer, drum programming, Additional Production
Alanis Morissette Composer, Lyricist
Emily Lazar Mastering
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Morgan Stratton Engineer
Chris Elms Programming, Engineer, Pro-Tools
Geoff Neal Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    The amount of time for Alanis to produce a new album she never disappoints me with the finished product. Bravo!

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    The key to enjoying a new Alanis Morissette record is to accept

    The key to enjoying a new Alanis Morissette record is to accept that
    shell never record another " Jagged Little Pill".
    Morissette's musical prowess in subsequent releases have always been the
    same a singular snapshot of her current journey. " HABL " is
    no different heavy guitars, drum loops, dashes of electronica and middle
    eastern influences and signature lyrics that alienate those being
    trained by the current airwaves. An easy listening offering both
    political and personal introspection. Morissette is a wordsmith, a poet,
    a singer and self assigned therapist.

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