A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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.