Who didn’t see this one coming? Alanis Morissette splits with fiancé Ryan Reynolds, who’s soon canoodling with starlet-turned-Tom-Waits-cover-girl Scarlett Johansson, and we get to feel the fury of a woman scorned for 11 tracks.
While Morissette’s weaknesses are the same – her lyrics are still overwrought, as though torn from some broken-hearted schoolgirl’s diary – this disc is an easier pill to swallow than her last couple. The tabla-tinged opener Citizen Of The Planet lets us know immediately that Morissette’s grown musically if not lyrically (thanks, certainly, to co-writer/producer Guy Sigsworth). The pair have layered in an odd dance beat on the gothy Straitjacket, added synths to the drum-’n’-bass-driven Moratorium (whose lyrics supply the album’s title) and stripped everything bare for the piano ballad Not As We, which presents Morissette at her most vulnerable, her voice its most fragile.
Although the thunderous Versions Of Violence doesn’t have quite the fuck-you rawness of You Oughta Know, it’ll probably still have Reynolds wincing every time he hears it.