Havoc and Bright Lights

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Havoc and Bright Lights
Studio album by Alanis Morissette
Released August 22, 2012 (2012-08-22)
Recorded
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 52:41
Label Collective Sounds
Producer Guy Sigsworth, Joe Chiccarelli
Alanis Morissette chronology
  • Havoc and Bright Lights
  • (2012)
Singles from Havoc and Bright Lights
  1. "Guardian"
    Released: May 11, 2012 (2012-05-11)
  2. "Lens"
    Released: July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31)[1]
  3. "Receive"
    Released: December 3, 2012 (2012-12-03)[2]

Havoc and Bright Lights is the eighth (and sixth worldwide) studio album by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette and was released in Japan on August 22, 2012. The album is her first release on Collective Sounds (distributed by Sony worldwide except by Universal in Canada [where Morissette was on predecessor MCA in early days] and Japan), and in the US by RED Distribution) and marks her first release away from Maverick Records, her label since 1995. It was produced by Guy Sigsworth and Joe Chiccarelli, the former having produced her previous album, Flavors of Entanglement (2008). The album received mixed reviews from music critics, praising her softer tones and production, while some criticized the album's overproduction along with its lyrical content and the inclusion of spiritual aspects. The first single released from the album was "Guardian".

Background[edit]

In June 2011, Guy Sigsworth, producer of Morissette's Flavors of Entanglement, wrote on Twitter that he was in Los Angeles working with a "certain amazing Canadian lady".[3] On February 28, Morissette shared a video (shot in May 2011) of her recording a song, and Sigsworth's voice behind the scenes made it obvious she was working with him. In May 2011, Morissette shared a song called "Into a King", on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of her marriage, which was co-written with Sigsworth. She also recorded "Magical Child" for the compilation album Every Mother Counts. In November 2011, Morissette appeared on the American Music Awards, saying she had written 31 songs and had to choose the final twelve for the record.

Rolling Stone magazine announced that Morissette's new album would be released in June 2012 and shared the titles of songs "Havoc" and "Celebrity". The magazine also wrote that nearly every tune has a monster chorus.[4] On May 2, Billboard magazine wrote that Morissette's new album would be released on August 28, 2012 through Collective Sounds. The album was distributed by Sony's RED in the States.[5] On May 23, the album became available for pre-order at Amazon.com.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 55/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]
American Songwriter 3.5/5 stars[9]
The A.V. Club B-[10]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[11]
The Independent 1/5 stars[12]
NME 2/10[13]
Paste 8.0/10[14]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[16]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[17]

Havoc and Bright Lights received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 55, based on 17 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[7] Many critics first complimented the album's more mature and warmer sound. Holly Gleason from Paste gave it a positive review.[14] She stated "Twenty years later, the lithe songwriter embraces the same hybrid notion of introspection and sonics that are anything but singer/songwriterly. [Havoc and Bright Lights] embodies relief, release and refuge [...] Without being florid or cosmic, she beckons to a far more graceful, honest world."[14] Sarah Rodman from The Boston Globe praised the album's "crisp, tuneful, warm, and sincere" tone, as well as the production of the album. However, she was critical on the album's songwriting stating that songs "Celebrity" and "Win Win" were "clunkers".[18] Nick Levine from BBC Music was equally positive saying the album brought out a more "mellow [Alanis] Morissette". However, he was critical on the production saying it was "too slick".[19] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic said the album "is as soothing as a Sunday afternoon nap or a warm bath: it's music for when you know you're right where you want to be."[8] At American Songwriter, Eric Allen called the album an "intelligent and inspiring" work that has "winning results".[9] The A.V. Club's Annie Zaleski found "Havoc And Bright Lights remains fearless and vibrant despite its shortcomings."[10] Elysa Gardner of USA Today said that Morissette finally has "found her bliss."[17]

However, the album did receive more scathing outcomes, mainly due to her musical style and her lyrical content, which was about spirituality and motherhood. Jonathan Keefe from Slant Magazine did state that Morissette's changes in music was her "best material", but said "Unfortunately, too many of the songs on Havoc lack that specificity and Morissette's inimitable POV [...] she spends most of the album sounding like she's leading a meditation."[16] Hermione Hoby from The Observer was critical towards the album. She stated "[Alanis Morissette] appears to be very happy and very into motherhood. Which is great for her, but less great for her music." She then said "For the most part these songs are entirely lacking in bite, dragging through limp soft rock and even softer sentiments."[20] Johan Wippsson of Melodic.net felt that Havoc and Bright Lights is "totally over-produced and completely lacks of any kind of soul."[19] Joseph Viney from Sputnikmusic was negative towards the album, criticizing her lyrical content especially the song "Celebrity", and felt that the production of the album was too "slick". He then stated "Not even some admittedly slick production can drag this out of the mire."[21] Hayley Avron from NME gave it 2 out of 10, resembling a negative review. Speaking of track "Woman Down", she said "The only real achievement here is an ironic one, as [...] Alanis somehow manages to make a feminist statement sound like a total affront to womankind" and stated the rest of the album was "teenage poetry, trowelled onto a bed of sift-rock cliché."[13] Simon Price from The Independent gave it a very scathing review, awarding it one star out of five. He criticized the album's softer music and change, saying "Morissette is the sort of woman who does yoga to ensure she can still gaze at her navel" while criticizing her lyrical content, production and her inclusion of a more spiritual and religious tone.[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

Havoc and Bright Lights entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 5 with 33,000 copies, as her first top 5 album in the US since 2004's So-Called Chaos and her sixth top 10 album in the US overall.[22] The album also debuted at No.1 on Billboard's Rock Albums and Indie Albums charts.[23] Internationally, the album peaked at No. 1 in Canada, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, and at No. 2 in the Netherlands and Germany,[24] where the album was also certified gold for shipments in excess of 100,000 copies.[25]

Promotion[edit]

In February 2012, Morissette announced a summer European tour to promote Havoc and Bright Lights. Pre-sale started on February 8, while tickets went on sale on February 10. The first show took place Monday, June 25, 2012 in Birmingham. The first three tour dates, all in the United Kingdom, were sold out weeks before the tour started.[citation needed]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Guardian", was premiered on radio on May 11, 2012 and was made available for digital download on May 15.[5]

"Lens" was released as the second digital single and was made available for download on July 31, 2012.[26]

"Receive" was confirmed as the third single from the album. It was sent to radio airplay on October 12, 2012 in Italy and was released worldwide on December 3, 2012.

According to Morissette's Facebook page in April 2013, a video for her song, "Big Sur" was shot. The song is available on the deluxe edition of the album, exclusively sold through Target Stores.[27]

In May 2013, a music video for the song "Empathy", directed by her drummer Victor Indrizzo, was released through social media.[28]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Alanis Morissette, all music composed by Alanis Morissette and Guy Sigsworth.

Standard edition
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Guardian"   Joe Chiccarelli, Guy Sigsworth 4:18
2. "Woman Down"   Chiccarelli, Sigsworth 3:36
3. "'Til You"   Chiccarelli 4:07
4. "Celebrity"   Chiccarelli, Sigsworth 4:01
5. "Empathy"   Chiccarelli 4:00
6. "Lens"   Chiccarelli, Sigsworth 4:08
7. "Spiral"   Chiccarelli, Sigsworth 4:17
8. "Numb"   Chiccarelli 4:10
9. "Havoc"   Chiccarelli, Sigsworth 5:53
10. "Win and Win"   Chiccarelli 5:01
11. "Receive"   Chiccarelli 4:28
12. "Edge of Evolution"   Chiccarelli 4:29
Total length:
52:38

Personnel[edit]

  • All vocals: Alanis Morissette
  • Drums: Matt Chamberlain, Victor Indrizzo
  • Percussion: Victor Indrizzo
  • Bass: Paul Bushnell, Sean Hurley
  • Keyboards: Jeff Babko, Joe Chiccarelli, Zac Rae, Guy Sigsworth
  • Electric Guitar: Chris Elms, David Levita, Tim Pierce, Lyle Workman
  • Acoustic Guitar: Mike Daly, Chris Elms, Tim Pierce
  • Drum Programming: Joe Chiccarelli, Guy Sigsworth
  • Additional Programming: Chris Elms
  • Woodwind Arrangements on "Havoc": David Campbell
  • Violin on "Numb": Lili Haydn

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s)
Japan[56] August 22, 2012 CD, digital download Universal Music Group[57]
Austria[56] August 24, 2012 TBA
Belgium[56] TBA
Finland[56] TBA
Germany[56] Columbia Records
Ireland[56] Sony Music Entertainment[58]
Israel[56] TBA
Luxembourg[56] TBA
Netherlands[56] TBA
Norway[56] TBA
Switzerland[56] TBA
Bulgaria[56] August 27, 2012 TBA
Czech Republic[56] TBA
Denmark[56] TBA
France[56] Jive Epic[59]
Hungary[56] TBA
Portugal[56] TBA
Russia[56] TBA
United Kingdom[56] Columbia Records[60]
Argentina[56] August 28, 2012 TBA
Brazil[56] LAB 344[61]
Canada[56] Universal Music Group[62]
Chile[56] TBA
China[56] TBA
Hong Kong[56] TBA
Indonesia[56] TBA
Italy[56] TBA
Malaysia[56] TBA
Philippines[56] Ivory Music & Video[63]
Poland[56] TBA
South Africa[56] TBA
South Korea[56] TBA
Spain[56] Sony Music Entertainment
Taiwan[56] TBA
Thailand[56] TBA
United States[56] Collective Sounds[5]
Sweden[56] August 29, 2012 TBA
Australia[56] August 31, 2012 Sony Music Entertainment
New Zealand[56] TBA
Greece[56] September 3, 2012 TBA
Turkey[56] September 4, 2012 TBA

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