Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks in the Road
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2020 Ratings: #629 / 763
User Score
Based on 196 ratings
2020 Ratings: #481
Liked by 9 people
July 31, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epiphany, Thirty Tigers, RCA / Label
alanis.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

Morissette sings with a profound matter-of-factness while demonstrating the full power of her unmistakeable voice, making for one of her best-ever records.

80
musicOMH

Alanis Morissette has long been a rarity among her peers, more than willing to address significant, yet unsettling subject matter. Such Pretty Forks In The Road is a case in point, with inspiring lyrical touches and affecting vocal sincerity placing it among her best albums.

80
The Line of Best Fit
Decades into her career and Alanis Morissette still knows how to balance the dark with the light.
80
PopMatters

Such Pretty Forks in the Road urges listeners to accept Morissette for who she is now. She avows her inability to reject the expectations plaguing her, thereby revealing the album's magic.

80
Spectrum Culture

Such Pretty Forks in the Road is nothing short of the Canadian legend’s best work in years.

80
Albumism

It’s her personal experiences within many of these realms that fire up the engine inside Such Pretty Forks In The Road—her most inward-looking and outwardly forthright album in years.

75
Consequence of Sound

Such Pretty Forks in the Road does a clearer job than some of its 2000s-era predecessors of not sounding like it’s straining to follow something up or to prove that there are still tricks Morissette can pluck from her sleeves. And it’s this focus that ultimately makes it compelling.

70
The Sydney Morning Herald

Eschewing the usual cavalcade of buzzy producers and glossy pop productions, she delivers a modern twist on her familiar grunge-tinged pop.

70
Classic Rock

Her ninth album is a measured, but unwaveringly honest, portrait of middle age with all its elation and tribulations.

70
Clash

Overall, ‘Such Pretty Forks In The Road’ is relatable in parts and uninspired in others but for a few key moments of simple brilliance it’s worth a listen.

65
Pitchfork
These U-turns of phrase are well within bounds of what you expect from an Alanis Morissette album. But her music still has surprises, and she saves the most rewarding one for the end.
60
NME

The Canadian star's first new album since 2012 may not be flawless, but it stays true to Morissette’s unflinching depiction of life.

60
The Arts Desk

Her mood as the album advances over swaying martial beats and Hammond vamps is defiant, amused, forensically self-absorbed or coolly sarcastic, but never down.

60
The Observer

Yes, musically, these songs ... are for the most part her stock-in-trade windswept power ballads and unremarkable soft rock. But while there’s nothing as thrillingly angry as You Oughta Know, it’s a far more palatable set than 2012’s insipid Havoc and Bright Lights.

60
AllMusic

Such Pretty Forks in the Road is lacquered in immaculate gloss, a sound that accentuates the interior journey of the songs without quite inviting exploration.

50
Rolling Stone

Her lyrics are still sharp, and there’s plenty of drama and tension throughout, but unfortunately her cris de coeur don’t translate to catchy, cutting songs.

50
Crack Magazine

The flipside to Such Pretty Forks, unfortunately, is that so much of the edge that made Morissette such an intriguing mainstream rock star has mostly evaporated.

MasterCrackfox
73
Unless you've been living under a rock since the 90's, you oughta know who Alanis Morissette is. Her hugely successful album, Jagged Little Pill, was a huge hit machine with some of the most memorable songs of that entire decade. Although the majority of listeners, myself included, have likely never spanned out beyond that album and for some even just the major singles, her new album is still surely an event. Eight years removed from her last release, Such Pretty Forks in the Road is sure to be ... read more
Davibitt1234
87
Após 8 anos sem lançar nada, Alanis lança seu nono álbum de estudio nos entregando um álbum coeso e vocais muito bons

Como vários outros trabalhos dela desde Jagged Little Pill o conteúdo lírico revela versos de teor pessoal.

Ao longo do álbum você percebe que ele retrata uma história de evolução pessoal, o álbum começa com o eu lírico reconhecendo seu estado depressivo e seus ... read more
HeyLeo
58
"Album covers rarely have a big influence on the opinion that a certain person may have on the tracks of a particular project. However, in Such Pretty Forks in the Road things go the other way. The cover of the project is really strange and tacky, showing an open-mouthed woman covered in glitter on a black background. The problem is that this strange and tacky aesthetic is passed to the songs on the album. Therefore, Such Pretty is a set of well written and produced songs that sound ... read more
N0stalgia
40
'Such Pretty Forks in the Road' sounds exactly like you would expect an Alanis Morissette album released in 2020 to sound like.
MarkyC
61
Former angst alt-rock queen continues her unfortunate delve into family-friendly MOR territory. However, this time, there are glimmers of hope in a few tracks that have Morissette sounding truly captivating, for the first time since 1998's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.
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Track List

  1. Smiling
  2. Ablaze
  3. Reasons I Drink
  4. Diagnosis
  5. Missing the Miracle
  6. Losing the Plot
  7. Reckoning
  8. Sandbox Love
  9. Her
  10. Nemesis
  11. Pedestal
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Added on: December 10, 2019