Back with her first album in nearly four years, Alanis Morissette returns to a familiar place: heartache.
Morissette says there are two main themes on Flavors of Entanglement. "One of them is the unraveling of my internal personal world, hitting rock bottom ... which was really chronicled in this record, and I like to think the rising of the phoenix, ultimately, at the end," she says.
Morissette has released three follow-up albums since 1995's Jagged Little Pill, but none have matched the success of her breakthrough smash, which sold 14 million albums in the U.S. alone.
She wrote the record as she was slogging through a high-profile breakup with actor Ryan Reynolds. She describes writing it in real time, as her world fell down around her. "It was like a life raft of some kind," she says. "Going to the studio was a way for me to really get it out of my body, so I wouldn't get sick."