Pop CD: Alanis Morissette, Flavors of Entanglement

(Warner)

How ego-shredding must it be not just to lose your fiance, but then see him engaged to Scarlett Johansson? Alanis Morissette's break-up with actor Ryan Reynolds is the subject of her fifth album, and, being Morissette, she is unstintingly open about how it affected her. And, as ever, she provokes both compassion and impatience. However evident her pain is in songs like Tapes ("I am someone easy to leave/ The one they all run from") and Straitjacket, it's impossible to feel undiluted sympathy for a writer who can't express herself without psychobabble. Must she, for instance, describe taking a break from relationships as "a respite from the toils of liaison"? Whatever. The upside is that there is some nifty music here, from Straitjacket's quivering, Depeche Mode-ish electronic pulse to the Indian percussion that fuels Citizen of the Planet, to the effervescent Kylie-pop of Giggling Again for No Reason.

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Caroline Sullivan

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