Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks in the Road
Jul 31, 2020
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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 a challenging listen for familiar fans.

Softening her edges with a set of piano structured ballads, these songs are far removed from the alternative rock giant of the 90's. Her songwriting seems to have suffered no blows in that time, but the style of songs here makes for a less memorable experience than some of her biggest hits. Even so, without the dense catchiness she's employed in the past with her standout vocal pattern and angsty vocals, these songs come from a much more mature and thoughtful space in Morissette's mind.

The piano arrangements allow for these songs to feel incredibly gorgeous in composition while simultaneously offering a chance for Morissette's voice to shine through beyond what is familiar to most. Expecting her vocals to soar quite at this level would be less expected, even if there was never any question that her voice was entirely demanding.

Perhaps unlikely to be the striking record that would bring her back into the forefront of listeners minds, these set of songs are sure to be remembered for the singers inventive take on her familiar sound. That innovation alone should make this album a memorable one.

Favorite track: Reckoning
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