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Alanis Morissette

Havoc and Bright Lights

Collective Sounds/Sony Red
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August 28, 2012

Alanis Morissette recently gave birth to her first child, so her seventh LP brings the mama drama. "I wake up and first thing's first/I'm of service," she sings, like the Mother Teresa of diaper duty. She paints her mind-nursery in bright colors as she ponders what matters ("Empathy") and what doesn't ("Celebrity").

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    “You Oughta Know”

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    This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

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