ALANIS MORISSETTE – ” Such Pretty Forks in the Road “

Posted: December 31, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Alanis Morissette / Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Last year, when Alanis Morissette released “Reasons I Drink,” the first single from her forthcoming ninth album, she couldn’t have known where 2020 would take us. “Such Pretty Forks in the Road”, her follow-up to 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights, finds the singer-songwriter confronting vices and anxiety over proper ’90s alt-rock guitars. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the classic  “Jagged Little Pill”, her iconic, not-at-all-ironic breakthrough album that was recently revived as a Broadway musical. The album was delayed from its original May release; hopefully it’ll appear soon.

Alanis Morissette has shared another new single from her forthcoming album ‘Such Pretty Forks In The Road’. The track, ‘Reckoning’, follows on the songs  ‘Reasons I Drink, Smiling’ and‘Diagnosis’. The latter tackled the challenges and stigma surrounding depression and other forms of mental illness. The new song tackles “predators” and features a string section.

Morrissette was due to hit the road for the 25th anniversary of her ‘Jagged Little Pill’ album this year but was forced to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic. A digital deluxe edition of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ arrived on June 26th, which featured a new acoustic live recording of Morissette’s performance of ‘Ironic’ at Shepherd’s Bush in March 2020.

Eight years since her last record, Alanis Morissette returned with a wonderful and deeply moving album. No celebrity collaborations, no marketing declarations along the lines of ‘this might be my last’  , just a highly focussed record full of great songs with heartfelt lyrics.

‘Diagnosis’ is as honest and raw as Plastic Ono Band Lennon as it addresses postpartum depression, set to simple piano and strings. It’s all about self pity either, as Alanis recognises how such a situation affects friends and family [“All of you are so frustrated / And everyone around me is trying to help as much as they can”]. In ‘Losing the Plot’ Morissette decrees that she is “grieving the end of superwoman-ing” and the brilliant ‘Reasons I Drink’ adds some big hooks to proceedings.

An album that spends much of its time concerned with mental health issues such as self-loathing, despair, depression and bitterness might sound a bit bleak, but it’s not. These are remain accessible pop songs elevated by lyrics of truth and meaning, not weighed down by them. The melodies and arrangements are all of the highest order and the reliance on piano accompaniment gives Such Pretty Forks in the Road a classic,

The UK dates, celebrating 25 years of the seminal album, will now take place in the autumn of 2021. Supported by Liz Phair, she will stop off at UK venues including London’s O2 Arena, Birmingham’s Utilita Arena, Manchester Arena and the 3Arena in Dublin.

Morrissette’s new album is set to arrive on July 31st, after it was pushed back from its original release date in May this year.

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