So Called Chaos

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Alanis (yawn) plays it safe.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

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age 11+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

All fine.


Not an issue.


Nothing explicit.


Nothing offensive.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alanis Morissette, who once paved the way for a whole generation of female singer-songwriters, delivers a comfortable and painless (some might say boring) album.

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Written byAnonymous October 16, 2010

Some mild

The only language on here is "a**" and "a**hole".
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 February 18, 2009


She rawks

What's the story?

True, she paved the way for our current generation of female singer-songwriters. And she knew her way around a musical and lyrical hook. Whether or you actually liked Alanis Morissette's warbly vibrato or found it intensely annoying, we all heard an awful lot of it a few years back. Now, after a long-ish hiatus, Alanis has returned with SO CALLED CHAOS.

Is it any good?

She's a more mature and mellow artist, for sure, and there is nothing offensive about this album. There is nothing fascinating about it, either. All the edges have been smoothed over, lyrics are repetitive and formulaic, musical arrangements are predictable and consistently intense, and the singing is still, well, an acquired taste. Most notably, none of the songs stand out as remarkable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how artists change and grow, and why edginess is considered interesting.

Music details

  • Artist: Alanis Morissette
  • Release date: May 18, 2004
  • Label: Maverick
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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