Returns with 10 New Confessionals
MORISSETTEs career can best be described as a voyage in
self-discovery. After tasting stardom at an early age in her Canadian
homeland with assorted teen-pop albums and TV roles, she found herself
responsible for one of the most widely publicized songs to come
out of the 90s "You Oughta Know." Seven Grammys
and tens of millions of albums sold later, she has become one of
the most universally recognized solo recording artists of her generation.
while, the content behind Morissettes albums from the
16-times-platinum Jagged Little Pill to 2002s under
rug swept has reflected the trials and tribulations of
a maturing young female coming to grips with her inner self
and trying to reconcile that identity with a turbulent outer world.
Recent travels to India and a Navajo pilgrimage have decorated her
later works with a sense of worldliness that did not appear previously.
1991s Alanis and the following years Now Is
the Time both high-selling, but nonetheless teen-pop,
releases So-Called Chaos (Maverick, February 24) is
Morissettes fourth proper studio release as a singer/songwriter.
It consists of 10 new confessionals and is the result of the loosest
recording process she has engaged in thus far.
spoke with Morissette in early December, as she was participating
briefly in an off-Broadway, Bob Balaban-directed theatrical production
called The Exonerated.
started writing on and off throughout mid-summer, and then realized
I wasnt gonna overwrite this time," Morissette tells
ICE. "It isnt as physically draining to
access my inner world now, so Im just not as spent when its
finished. The last time, I wrote about 25 songs
it, and wound up having two records [under rug swept and
its DVD/CD companion, feast on scraps: inside under rug swept].
This time I knew when to stop myself its a good thing,
who turns 30 on June 1, recorded So-Called Chaos in two phases
at Jackson Brownes Groove Masters Studio in Santa Monica,
CA this past summer. She and Tim Thorney (under rug swept)
acted as producers during the first phase; Morissette then invited
John Shanks (Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge), whom
she had never worked with before, to lend his talents for the second
her throughout the process were guitarists David Levita (Jewel,
Five for Fighting) and Jason Orm, bassist Eric
Avery (under rug swept, Janes Addiction)
and drummer Blair Sinta.
provided ICE with track-by-track commentary for the
effort, which she says "has a nice element of schizophrenia
Easy Steps" "Encapsulates my quickness to be self-deprecating.
It basically says Im not very precious about my subject matter
but reflective, certainly. Its so easy for me to run
away or just be in denial."
Is Through" "This is a song I would listen to in
the middle of conflicts with my boyfriend, to give myself the inspiration
to keep going." A lyrical sampling: "Every time you raise
your voice I see the greener grass / Every time you run for cover
I see this pasture."
"Once again, its me busting my chops. Theres
always a certain amount of years that can go by before I get sick
of hearing myself be a little victim. So its time to take
a little responsibility, not only me and my personal life, but I
would go as far to say the entire planet."
I Protest Too Much" "In my estimation, this is
one of the saddest songs Ive ever written. Its very
sarcastic and mid-tempo." Lyrics: "Im not needy
/ I dont get clingy much / I am not scared / Im not
afraid as such / Im not dependent / Rock solid stays in touch
/ Doth I protest too much."
of My Bees" "This is my infatuation ode to my boyfriend."
She adds, "All of my records are pretty present tense, so whichever
boyfriend Im talking about is whoever Im dating at the
time I write the record." Lyrics: "We share a culture,
same vernacular / Love of physical humor and time spent alone /
You make the knees of my bees weak."
All Me" "Its so easy for us to project our
shit onto someone else. In relationships, I feel its so easy
for people to think that whats being triggered is all about
the other person. Ive been on the receiving end of boyfriends
over the years, thinking that whatever it is thats bothering
him about me is all about me
and Im, like, its
not all about me. You gotta take mutual responsibility with me or
Ill smash you!"
Chaos" "Being overburdened by the doing-ness that
this society so encourages. Our consciousness is so low that we
need things like police, government and laws. If we were to really
raise our consciousness, wed be able to self-regulate, and
we wouldnt need all these restrictions that we feel we need
to keep our world safe even though its not fucking
safe at all."
Grudge" First lyrics: "14 years 30 minutes 15 seconds
Ive held this grudge / 11 songs 4 full journals, thoughts
of punishment Ive expended." When asked if this is the
same boyfriend she fiercely addressed in "You Oughta Know,"
Morissette simply replies: "Different person, same era."
"The most sarcastic songs are the saddest ones to me
because theyre the most pathetic. But I often find that, if
I can go all the way into the most embarrassing thing, I can somehow
transmute it by writing about it in that way. If I can write about
the part of me that is utterly afraid of being the stereotypical
woman, then maybe that wont take over my life."
"There was some encouragement on other peoples
part to move that song up higher in the sequence, but I very much
stood my ground. I think that song is the ultimate conclusion song
it just says we are everything. I dont think my journey
is ultimately a journey of trying to become as good as I can be,
but to become as whole as I can be, and thats what the song
really says." The closing stanza to the CD: "You see everything
you see every part / You see all my light and you love my dark /
You dig everything of which Im ashamed / Theres not
anything to which you cant relate / And youre still
it had yet to be finalized as of press time, accompanying video
material was poised to be released either as an enhancement on So-Called
Chaos or in the form of a separate DVD. (Morissette calculates
more than 400 hours worth of footage was shot during the studio
sessions.) A 5.1 DVD Audio version of the album will be released
soon after the standard CD version hits stores.
also discloses a recent jaunt to Vancouver during which she recorded
14 acoustic versions of selections from So-Called Chaos,
feast on scraps, under rug swept and Jagged Little
Pill. An actual release has yet to be solidified, but theres
a chance the recordings could be made available on AlanisMorissette.com.
at another recording that has yet to see the light of day: "I
wrote a song with Ryan Adams a couple of years ago but never
put it out. It was called 1974. Wonderfully self-indulgent
and fun. He has a song with that title on one of his new records
[Rock n Roll], but this is a different version."
loosely, Morissette has toyed with the idea of creating an alter
ego but has no concrete plans for enacting one just yet.
some point, I would love to make a record that isnt even in
my name," she divulges. "Just some random name that allows
me to go in certain areas that would be really self-indulgent and