An Album of Empowerment & Resilience Through Adversity
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette has released a new album entitled Such Pretty Forks in the Road. The themes are women’s empowerment and struggles, as well as resilience.
The music is Alternative. The beats are heavy and slow to reflect the intense emotions of sadness, pain, and trauma, but also resilience in the challenges regarding mental health and abuse. However, some songs have a more optimistic rhythm after the intense parts, such as the tunes Ablaze and Her. The guitar, the piano, and the drums complement the album nicely. The tempos of the record are wavy as they range from dark to hopeful.
Alanis Morissette’s voice is rich and bold with tonalities. She expresses raw emotions with edge and courage, a signature style in her singing.
The lyrics are expressive and intricate. Some songs are à propos with the Me Too movement, denouncing sexual harassment and misconduct. That’s the case with the tunes Reckoning, Sandbox Love, and Pedestal, expressing the pain and even trauma following such a situation. Alanis Morissette also covers mental health, another à propos topic with the songs Diagnosis, Missing the Miracle, Losing The Plot, Her, and Nemesis. Losing the Plot covers the subject of Postpartum Depression, something mothers understand. Many of her songs are personal and from the heart, as is the case with Reasons I Drink and Losing the Plot. Alanis Morissette refers to relatable life experiences, expressed with raw emotions, as previously mentioned. She’s genuine and authentic throughout the album.
My favourite songs are Smiling, Missing the Miracle, Losing The Plot, and Her.