September 10, 2012 12:00 PM

Alanis Morissette

Havoc and Bright Lights |

REVIEWED BY KEVIN O’DONNELL

POP

It’s been four years since the singer-songwriter released her last album, during which time she’s married, had a baby and rebounded from postpartum struggles. So naturally the self-professed “former infatuation junkie” has plenty to sing about on her latest. Yet in an age when social media has made oversharing commonplace, Morissette’s diary is still a gripping one, particularly the gorgeous anthem “Lens.” True, there are moments where she sounds like a tormented soul who reads nothing but New Age self-help books (“I am rich with sanction, and I lax in my steps”-wait, what?). But on rockers like “Woman Down,” she packs the same gut-punching wallop as on classics like “You Oughta Know.”

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