Sounds like a total affront to womankind
Fewer than 30 seconds have passed before Alanis Morissette switches to gargle mode. Maybe this record would be improved if she sang without a gob full of Listerine, but we very much doubt it. ‘Havoc And Bright Lights’ (eugh) is further evidence that music is one of the few professions, alongside football and lap-dancing, in which you are likely to get worse, not better, as time goes on. This is a slew of hackneyed teenage poetry, trowelled onto a bed of sift-rock cliché. The only real achievement here is an ironic one, as on ‘Woman Down’ Alanis somehow manages to make a feminist statement sound like a total affront to womankind.
Record label: Columbia
Release date: 27 Aug, 2012