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Flavors of Entanglement

Flavors of Entanglement by Alanis Morissette
Released: May 2008
Label: Maverick
What do you get when you cross Alanis Morissette with an industrial/meditative groove and what sounds like it was a particularly painful breakup? Evanescence, apparently: "Versions of Violence" finds America's favorite Canadian seriously channeling Amy Lee. But Alanis has a few more tricks up her sleeve, too. Our favorites are the dancefloor confessionals -- like the Madonna-esque "Straitjacket" and "Citizen of the Planet" (which is like "Thank You"'s much angrier twin) -- where the introspective, heavily literal lyrics and earnest politics are framed by dark, clubby beats.
Rachel Devitt