Flavors of Entanglement

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Former angst rocker shows us her softer side.

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Violence

"Versions of Violence" is a song about emotional domestic abuse: "This labeling/this pointing/this sensitive's unraveling/this Sting I've been ignoring/I feel it way down way down/These versions of violence/sometimes subtle sometimes clear/And the ones that go unnoticed/still leave their Mark once disappeared."

Sex

"Miss your body in my bed" is the worst of it.

Language

One song has the lyrics "I don't know who you're talking to with such f--king disrespect; this s-t's making me crazy."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while there's one song that reminds us of Morissette's angry "You Oughta Know" from the '90s, this is an 11-song collection of mostly heartfelt tunes that cover the limitless emotional range of human behavior in a way that's fine for older tweens. The heaviest song is "Versions of Violence" which talks about how emotional abuse leaves its mark just as much as physical abuse.

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What's the story?

In FLAVORS OF ENTANGLEMENT, this singer/songwriter brings to life her personal pain in a way that makes you almost want to cry. Ballads \"Not As We\" and \"Torch\" clearly demonstrate a desolate Alanis. But listeners can then find hope in \"In Praise of the Vulnerable Man\" and \"Giggling Again for No Reason.\" And while displaying her vulnerable side in the lyrics, Morissette has made some bold leaps musically with the mix of synths, glitchy electro beats, and even Middle Eastern tablas on \"Citizens of the Planet.\"

Is it any good?

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Alanis Morissette has come a long way since the woman scorned in Jagged Little Pill. She's still a woman scorned, but this time someone else is doing the scorning. Call it emotional maturity if you want, but that contempt is an excellent emotional well to draw from as it plays so gratifyingly in this liberating album that explores the peaks and valleys of a broken relationship. Flavors of Entanglement is an emotional journey worth taking.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about staging a comeback. Do you think taking time off in between albums builds the hype of the new release? Also, Morissette went through a very public breakup with fiancée Ryan Reynolds. What emotions do you feel when you break up with someone? Can you hear Alanis' emotions in her songs? Whether it be a friendship or a romantic relationship, how can you feel better and move on?

Music details

Artist:Alanis Morissette
Release date:June 10, 2008
Label:Warner Brothers
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byAngel205 April 9, 2008
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This album is amazing!

I loved the way Alanis Morissette showed so much heart with her music. Flavors of Entanglement lyrics and music, expresses with such heart felt emotions that you feel them too. With the help of her producer, Guy Sigsworth, Alanis has put together a sole full album in Flavors of Entanglement. I have waited a long time for this album but it has proven to be worth the wait. My favorite tracks were, "Citizen of the Planet" and "Straitjacket". I felt these songs were telling a story from heart.
Adult Written byjonbonjovious April 9, 2008
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Alanis Morissette's Flavors of Entanglement is Flavorful

I first became addicted to Alanis Morissette with "Jagged Little Pill", now her seventh studio album, "Flavors of Entanglement" has me hooked again. Alanis' song writing is superb on this album. I was impressed with the wit that conveyed such conflict. The lyrics weave such a vibrant picture and her voice just resounds the pain/triumphant. I was touched by the song "Moratorium". It is a reflection of what we all struggle with, "do I give up". It's about moving on and accepting it's okay to "die" so you can live again. The song, "Underneath" has the familiar rhythm Alanis' music has had in the past and has us inside looking out with potent lyrics like: "Look at us break our bonds in this kitchen; Look at us rallying all our defenses; Look at us waging war in our bedroom; Look at us jumping ship in our dialogues." Never before has Alanis Morissette created such a tribute to the emotions of humanity, our struggles within ourselves, our homes and our world. The music is a little bit of everything...hip hop to folk and pure Alanis. This album will put Alanis back on the charts with every song having the potential to stand on it's own. It's definately going to be one album you won't replace in your cd player anytime soon!

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