Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks in the Road
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #350 / 477
User Score
Based on 102 ratings
2020 Ratings: #407
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July 31, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epiphany, Thirty Tigers, RCA / Label
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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
slamlesslamb
51
I listened to this kind of a while ago and did not know it had not been officially released until now.

It is impossible to discuss the career and art of Alanis Morissette without somehow mentioning 1995’s titanic ‘Jagged Little Pill’. The album was so massive that everything Morissette releases after will be compared to it critically, even if it is now impossible to match it commercially. Perhaps with the exception of 1998’s ‘Supposed Former Infatuation ... read more
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.
Valeyard
77
A glimpse of music from early 2000s with some modern production.
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ThatOtherGuy
74
Yes, Alanis may have mellowed out over the years, but she's embraced her new relaxed approach to songwriting. Such Pretty Forks in the Road has no new angles to offer, but it does show that an 8-year break hasn't stopped her from running out of steam. She's still got a lot more lyrical ideas to share.
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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