Nothing gets folks on your team like losing your fiancé to a Hollywood bombshell. So just imagine what Alanis Morissette has been doing since her ex, actor Ryan Reynolds, traipsed off with Scarlett Johansson. Writing about post-romantic stress disorder isn\\\'t new for Morissette, but her latest album doesn\\\'t rage like \\\"You Oughta Know\\\" — it sounds more like grief. Producer and co-writer Guy Sigsworth (Björk) frames Morissette\\\'s candid lyrics with a vaguely New Age grandeur — electro beats, Eastern percussion, orchestral arrangements — amping up the drama on her octave-hiccuping catharsis. On \\\"Citizens of the Planet,\\\" the production alternates between ringing tablas and head-banging guitars for an oddly stirring Enya-meets-System of a Down opener. \\\"Moratorium\\\" uses swirling synths and space-age bleeps to distract from quirky Morissette grammaticisms: \\\"I\\\'ve never let my grasp soften fingers like this.\\\" Morissette is at her best on simple piano ballads like \\\"Not As We\\\" — a weeper about starting over on your own — and the emotionally raw \\\"Torch,\\\" where she admits, \\\"I miss . . . the thought of us bringing up our kids.\\\" Scarjo may have her man, but Morissette has something Johansson doesn\\\'t: a heartfelt record.
The first studio album from Alanis Morissette since 2004, Flavors Of Entanglement fuses the organic and the techno prompted by producer Guy Sigsworth (Madonna, Björk). Incorporating beats, loops and synthesizers, the album was designed, says Morissette, so listeners can dance your ass off. Balancing introspective confession and delirious joy, the global and the personal, Flavors Of Entanglement is a tasty new musical feast from one of pop\\\'s most intriguing artists.