I’ve made no secret of my love of Alanis Morissette, even typing up a full career retrospective on her when she released the single Reasons I Drink back in December. As was expected due to the COVID19 pandemic, the album was ultimately pushed back from its original planned release date in May to last Friday, July 31.
As soon as the clock hit midnight, I loaded up Spotify and began to listen to the album, her first studio album in eight years since 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights. Though I’d listened to Reasons I Drink many times since its release, I’d been good at self-discipline and holding off on listening to any further releases so I could be pleasantly surprised when the album finally dropped.
Right away from opening track Smiling (originally written for the Jagged Little Pill musical on Broadway), I could tell this was going to be another solid album that would rank highly for me. She followed it up with Ablaze, which I think may be the catchiest song on the album. Though I’ve heard it many, many times since its release, Reasons I Drink remained as catchy as ever, and I actually find myself liking it even more among the track listing.
My highlights from the album would be the above three songs, Missing the Memories, Losing the Plot, Reckoning, Nemesis and Pedestal. As a whole, the entire album is introspective, which can be off-putting to some, but I’ve personally enjoyed her music when its at its most introspective.