After four years since the release of her last album Alanis Morrisette is back with Havoc and Bright Lights and album that doesn't sound too far from previous albums. Motherhood is reflected on the album and can be her Ray Of Light, more 'spiritual' and relaxed, but with very Alanis perspective and now is more brighten.
She's back and as always with something to say, hasn't lost her unique style and her aim to create great songs. It's obviously not Jagged Little Pill, although 'Woman Down' is almost there, so as long as it is not compared with her amazing 1995 album it would sound brilliant. The way this record take is soft electronic and very lightly songs like 'Lens' ,'Receive' 'Til You', and the first single 'Guardian' give the bright side with electronic melancholic vibes.
The sound doesn't change from all her albums. Her way to put things together is a gift and this album have the perfect blend of mushy melodies and heavy guitars. Songs like 'Celebrity' and 'Numb' put the spice to the album and doesn't feel weird because are surrounded by cheesy good songs.'Spiral' have a uplifting feeling such as 'Edge of Evolution', which also have a vintage superb vibe.Sounds from middle east to strong guitars and electronic compose the songs and the mix is very powerful in every song so the album is not boring and is moving in some way.
Even though this album is predictable it refreshes the polluted girl scene nowadays and Alanis Morrisette still doing her pop-rock-post-grunge-alternative-electronic mixture. A must listen to hear something more alternative without taking a weird road, it's safe, very enjoyable and emotional in all its facets.
Recommend: Lens, Edge of Evolution, Numb Havoc, 'Til You ,Win and Win
Not so much:Celebrity [but just if you take it to introduce to this album or as a single but worth if you are listening with the lot]
7/10 Rated: A Kind of Magic An Alternative exorcism to the predictable rock/pop industry. Although it is not the album of the year (not even in my top 10), the record is acceptable and sort of enjoyable. The band is surprising us once again with making a retrospective to the alternative scene in the 1990's but they are making it in a more pop and 'fashionable' way. But to be honest they opted to go to the cliché road and make the album weak for example first song "So He Begins To Lie" has the old rock elements but it's very dumb youth attempt to be like Nirvana and that kind of feeling is almost in every song like they didn't reach the personal touch. "3x3" is edgy and very rocky, a bit repetitive, but you can not identify Bloc Party. Kele Okereke said he listened to a lot of Nirvana whilst making the album and you can listen to the influence/impact in songs but sometimes goes to far like in "Kettling", it is so so Nirvana lame tribute band and jam-y. Another improvised alike track is "Real Talk" which is more pop almost like an boy-band-album-filler-song with a very very weird twist.
There are also songs that share a more pop sound with rock strokes like "Day Four" ,that goes a bit 1980's and doesn't feel to fit with the bunch, or "Octopus" that is more like Blur mixed with Rammstein and 'sampling' some AC/DC riffs, it's really good but seams to have not a proper end they just sheared off,and one of the best in the rock/pop side. 'Coliseum' sounds a bit more indie rock in an Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles style goes well although albeit too much messy instruments in some parts."Team A" is as well on the Rock/Pop side, or half, wich is the most pop song in the album and almost close is "Truth" that is so enjoyable cheesy FIFA(videogame) pop. Then the album really slow down for a chill song called "The Healing" and sound a lot like Bloc Party. The album sound is very underground-indie rock from start to end, with some pop stopovers but at the final song"We Are Not Good People" there's a reminder of what you had been listen to. Greatness on this album is a bit shy but is there, could exploded with a little more effort and less think. But the joy in this average album comes from the feeling of a clean off, changing what other bands are doing in the mainstream.