I simply couldn't wait for this album and got it on pre-order from Germany, it arrived today, a day early!
Anyway, this is definitely a career highlight for Alanis and she has Guy Sigsworth to thank for it,
he has helped Alanis unlock a side of herself i'm not sure she even knew existed.
The songs are diverse and keep you in suspense as you wonder what style of song will come on next.
The album starts with 'Citizen of The Planet' it starts quite slow, with organic drums in the background, soothing Alanis' voice and then suddenly she belts out a massive chorus, the biggest i think shes ever done, her voice cuts right through you, its quite breath taking.
The next shocker on the album is track 3 'Straitjacket' it too starts quite slow, but this time with a soothing techno beat in the background, then the song comes to life as Alanis does something shes never really done before, shes put a dance track on her album and its fantastic! It has all the complexity of an Alanis song, yet she's learnt to let herself go and have fun with her songs whilst still staying true to herself and her fans.
Other standout songs, for me, are, Not As We, Versions Of Violence, Giggling For No Reason, Incomplete
Either way, this is a fantastic album for Alanis, shes managed to reinvent her self yet still stays recognisable and never lets go of who she is.
Also, the bonus tracks are all very good, they sound like bonus tracks, ie, they never out-do the songs on the album yet are still very nice in their own rights