Album #206: Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks in the Road

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Ottawa, Canada
  • Label: RCA
  • Best Track: Her

If your experience of Alanis Morissette is limited to her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill (and I’ll admit mine doesn’t go much further than that), you probably instantly associate her name with angsty, keen-tongued songs that make you think you absolutely do not want to dump or be dumped by her.

Now 46, Morissette seems to be more at war with herself on ninth album Such Pretty Forks in the Road, although perhaps more so than a war, it’s an agreement to disagree.

Songs like ‘Reasons I drink’ and ‘Diagnosis’ appear to be not such a lament of personal weaknesses as an embracing of them. Likewise the album highlight ‘Her, which Morissette describes as a prayer to a “femininity that I yearn for so much”.

I wouldn’t rave about this record, but it is an interesting catch-up from an artist releasing her first album in eight years, and a reminder that we should love ourselves warts and all, celebrating the fact that none of us are, as she herself sarcastically told us 25 years ago, perfect.

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