Alanis Morissette has always been an artist, a visionary, and creatively blunt. I was introduced to her in 2003, when Vh1 actually played music videos daily, via the song ‘Everything.’ A classic that should not go unnoticed. Another day, I woke up at like 5am and heard ‘You Outta Know’ and a year or two later Alanis’s remake of ‘Crazy’ by Seal solidified the deal for me. A writer that knows how to express emotion in different stages of anger, grief, joy, and meekness. Intertwined with her unique vocal arrangement and singing style, Alanis Morissette has gifted us with 2012 album, Havoc and Bright Lights. I would classify this album as a spiritual journey. A journey with subconscious grit that hits you to the core without warning. I didn’t know I was going through something until I pressed play. As the songs played and the record came to a close, Morissette surprised us with hidden tracks! Enamored was I that she would display such vulnerable songs like ‘Permission.’
Permission is a song that closes the album really well and ends with the words “the simple things that matter to me” as it fades to a quiet whisper. Other songs like ‘Spiral’ and ‘Empathy’, which as bops, I feel a sense of connection that is having people empathize with me in ways that are genuine. Spiral- a song that is dark but covered with a happy tone gets the brain flowing with ways on how not to be alone with the voices in your head. Havoc and Bright lights is an ALBUM for the AGES. It’s a record that gets you through and you’re left feeling validated and detoxed. You’re seen and heard.
Although this gem is not on Spotify, you can find it on Tidal or YouTube.
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