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So-Called Chaos

Artist: Alanis Morissette
Type: Album
Release date: 2004
Run time: 41:06
My Rating: 9

  1. Eight Easy Steps (2:52)
  2. Out Is Through (3:52)
  3. Excuses (3:32)
  4. Doth I Protest Too Much (4:03)
  5. Knees Of My Bees (3:41)
  6. So-Called Chaos (5:03)
  7. Not All Me (3:58)
  8. This Grudge (5:07)
  9. Spineless (4:15)
  10. Everything (4:38)


Alanis' latest album has a rich clear sound quality, however in some places the excessive use of intrumentation tends to present the user with a wall of sound which can overwhelm a bit. The songs themselves are otherwise pretty good, and feature Alanis at her sardonic best. Like Under Rug Swept, it's more conventional music (As conventional as Alanis can get, anyway!), and like that album, it took a while to grow on me.

"Eight Easy Steps" has to be one of the most frantically-paced songs I've heard. "Excuses" reminds me of NZ group Tadpole's output - very rock. Hey, I think this is the first of her albums with a title track!

What does "You make the knees of my bees weak" mean? In the context of the song, it appears to mean "You make my knees weak" but it's strangely worded. Alanis has bees? She is the bee's knees?

There's also an enhanced portion of the disk (which appears to be why it required the huge "G" rating sticker) containing QT videos of two live performances, a brief making-of video, and an audio acoustic version of "The Grudge". These worked all right on my PC, other than the occasional flicker. There's also a link to the exclusive website for the album, but when you get there you're asked to hand over your address, etc, which I wasn't game to do.

[Cover - please do not remote link]

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