Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks In The Road (Vinyl)

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Such Pretty Forks in the Road is the ninth studio album by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Alanis Morisette, released on July 31, 2020, through Sony Music in Europe. It is Morissette's first studio album in eight years, following 2012's Havoc and Bright Lights.

 



Pretty Forks in the Road sees Alanis return in singer/songwriter, baroque pop and piano rock fashion in what is her strongest album in 18 years. The album is a full-on ballad affair as 8 of out of the 11 tracks are ballads. The string arrangements, however, more than do them justice, especially on the magnificent "Losing The Plot". Elsewhere opener "Smiling" lays its cards on the table showcasing the sound that the album will go for during the next 45 minutes. On "Nemesis" Alanis pens what is arguably her strongest song this side of 2002's "Hands Clean". An impressively progressive and meticulously crafted pop wonder. "Sandbox Love" is an upbeat song with a grand chorus, reminiscent of her earlier stuff. Two pieces, in particular, "Diagnosis" and "Her" are the record's low points as they don't expand on the sound she had already paved. Nevertheless, Such Pretty Forks in the Road will be seen as one of Alanis' more impressive latter career albums; however, I feel a few songs should have been left off, and a couple of others trimmed down. I hope she goes back to the overall sound of Under Rug Swept yet again, an album that had a little bit of everything, but that was then, and this is now. I think her next step might be a solo piano album and I wouldn't blame her as there's a lot of piano on this record. Alanis is still as essential to the music world and pop culture as she was 25 years ago. It's good to see her still releasing music, and on Such Pretty Forks in the Road, she sounds like she's having the time of her life again while dropping some immensely introspective and personal lyrics. Welcome back.

By: Zograf.


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