Monday, August 10, 2020

My Music Monday

I'm not the biggest fan of Alanis Morissette, not by a long shot. And most of the things I like by her are not the stuff that hits the radio, you know - when she used to be ON the radio. 

Jagged Little Pill was 25 years ago, and her record company's wanna be sequel was a semi 180 (a 90?) from that hit disk. Since then, it's more about her vision than purposefully producing a hit. 

I knew she was having a new disk come out this year and a bit 25th anniversary tour of Jagged, almost all of it 86'd by The Covid.

But her delayed album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, is now out and I've only heard two songs. One - meh. The other, meh+.  

I'm going with the latter, because there is something I cannot touch on that I really like.....and it just might be Alanis herself. 

"Ablaze" is a decent track, clearly a song to and for her children ("my mission is to keep the light in your eyes ablaze'). 

Morissette, hasn't really changed styles, unless you ONLY listen to "You Oughta Know", but really for her last like four disks. She still is wordy and tries and (sometimes) succeeds to jam them all into a musical passage that doesn't seem like it will or should fit. As with a lot of her stuff, her vocals are a little mush-mouthed, so with the combo, you have to pay attention if you really want to hear the lyrics. 

Still, I've played the song about a half-dozen times, so it can't be all bad or I'd have moved on. 

Apropos of almost nothing, I liked that Morissette hired two women to produce her new disk - as it's just rare to see that happening in the music industry. 

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