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So-Called Chaos (Audio CD),18 May, 2004|
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My favorite brainy female singer . . . / 5
It's hard to believe at times, but Alanis Morissette has been with us for 10 years now, allowing us to peek into her many complex thoughts and moods. This has been a joy for many of us, as its makes us feel we're not alone. At least, that's how I've felt all of these years.
A Canadian pop star who broke into the U.S. market while changing her formula, she has come a long way. Alanis is the perfect example of an artist who continues to grow and intrigue while staying true to herself. In her last outing, So Called Chaos, we see a maturity and a more calm Ms. Morissette.
To start, So Called Chaos is one of Alanis' shorter conquests. The CD is barely 45 minutes long. It may be a short journey, but it's a delightful one, from beginning to end.
Eight Easy Steps - The first song starts off the album with a frenetic pace. This ballsy rocker is a sarcastic satire of being a hypocrite. The idea is about being a leader or someone many look up to, and not living with integrity and by example.
Out is Through -- This song slows the pace a little as a mid-tempo about having the urge to look on the other side of the fence when things get rough in a relationship. The moral of the story is: the only way to make is out is to go through the difficult times.
Excuses - While it is difficult to pick favorites amongst an album brimming with standouts, this song stands out for me. The intro, which starts slow and then builds, is about exactly what the title suggests; making excuses. It explores how making these excuses keeps you small and stuck, and gives you a false sense of security in being safe.
Doth I Protest Too Much - This melodic mid-tempo rocker is about denial. Its about putting on a brave face in the relationship when feeling insecure, claiming and acting as if you're not wrestling with your jealous-monster demons.
Knees Of My Bees - The title of this song is a play on words. Musically, it has a bit of a whimsical, eastern flavor to it. It's a tribute to looking at the good and beauty in a person. You see that person's strengths, and it not only awes you but makes you "weak in the knees".
So-Called Chaos - This is the title song of the album, and probably the heaviest music-wise. This is Alanis at her most rockin'. Like a large majority of the Morissette library of lyrics, these are genius. The song is about the headaches, people-pleasing frustrations of living up to society's standards and just wanting to be free and floating above it all.
Not All Me - After the frenzy of the aforementioned title song, things wind down a bit with this song. Almost ballad-like, this song tackles the subject of not being 100% responsible for someone else's issues and guilt. The idea is that when you meet people and are relating to others, many times we cross paths with a person who acts as our "mirror". Sometimes someone pushes our buttons, but it isn't always about us; sometimes it's the baggage the other person is carrying from previous situations.
This Grudge - This is the ballad on the album. This beautifully written song is about the nemesis who has guest-starred on just about every Alanis Morissette album. It deals with holding a long-term grudge, and feeling the hurt over and over again, thus hurting yourself more than the person who hurt you. Its about letting go so you can heal, as difficult as that may be to do.
Spineless - I've know many people whom this song would describe. You know who they are - those people who resemble a jelly-fish. These people get into a relationship and totally lose themselves in the other person. They give up friends, family, and hobbies to please the other person. They don't have opinions and thoughts, and they hang onto every word the other person utters. They're afraid of "rocking the boat". Their world gets smaller and they realize they've lost who they are. This nugget of a rocker is about resisting that tendency.
Everything - This pretty mid-tempo is about unconditional love. The message is as simple as that. Having someone in your life who sees the beauty in you, but the warts as well, and still loves you and stands by you anyway.
That would be the sum of So Called Chaos in a nutshell. From beginning to end, the album glows and shines with philosophical wisdom that only our favorite brainy Canadian artist could pose so eloquently. Alanis continues her trend of never making a bad album. She continues to be innovative and relevant in today's society. She makes you feel that she is one of the gang. She's been through it, too, and when she shares her art with us, she makes us feel as though we have another friend. I can hardly wait to see what the next chapter in Alanis-land will bring.
Written February 16, 2006
Song "Simple Together"
You've been my golden best friend
Now with post-demise at hand
Can't go to you for consolation
'Cause we're off limits during this transition
This grief overwhelms me
It burns in my stomach
And I can't stop bumping into things
I thought we'd be simple together
I thought we'd be happy together
Thought we'd be limitless together
I thought we'd be precious together
But I was sadly mistaken
You've been my soulmate and then some
I remembered you the moment i met you
With you I knew god's face was handsome
With you I saw fun and expansion
This loss is numbing me
It pierces my chest
And I can't stop dropping everything
I thought we'd be sexy together
Thought we'd be evolving together
I thought we'd have children together
I thought we'd be family together
But I was sadly mistaken
If I had a bill for all the philosophies I shared
If I had a penny for all the possibilities I presented
If I had a dime for every hand thrown up in the air
My wealth would render this no less severe
I thought we'd be genius together
I thought we'd be healing together
I thought we'd be growing together
Thought we'd be adventurous togheter
But I was sadly mistaken
Thought we'd be exploring together
Thought we'd be inspired together
I thought we'd be flying together
Thought we'd be on fire together
But I was sadly mistaken
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