Eight Easy Steps
|"Eight Easy Steps"|
|Single by Alanis Morissette|
|from the album So-Called Chaos|
|Released||October 19, 2004|
|Format||CD maxi single 12"|
|Producer(s)||Alanis Morissette, John Shanks, Tim Thorney|
|Alanis Morissette singles chronology|
"Eight Easy Steps" is a rock song written by Alanis Morissette for her sixth studio album, So-Called Chaos. The album's opening track, it was released in 2004 as the So-Called Chaos's third single. The song may be seen as discussing self-help, with the message that it is the "course of a lifetime", but the help that is actually "offered" in the song is tongue-in-cheek, with lines like "How to lie to yourself and thereby to everyone else" and "How to control someone to be a carbon copy of you."
Music and structure
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"Eight Easy Steps" is a song composed in the key of A♭ major. It is written in common time and moves at a moderately fast 132 beats per minute. Its verses are set to a Middle Eastern beat. Morissette's vocal range spans nearly an octave and a half, from A♭3 to C5.
Stylus Magazine gave the song a negative review, finding it a "flaccid and innocuous" attempt to recreate the hard rock sound of her 1995 single "You Oughta Know". PopMatters disagreed, commenting that the chorus's "one shining moment of Alanis Anger" was one of the album's few energetic moments. The New York Times called the song "triumphant", and The Guardian found the song's distortion effective, as well as its "Nine Inch Nails-like metallic rage".
The song's music video was directed by Liz Friedlander. The video opens with a scene of Morissette performing with her backing band. It then presents sequences from Morissette's previous music videos, television appearances like You Can't Do That on TV, and home videos in reverse chronological order. The scenes are digitally edited to create the appearance that Morissette had sung "Eight Easy Steps" in them. It took Morissette over 16 hours, to recreate her facial expressions from the clips. Friedlander commented that "It was eerie to watch the footage of present day Alanis run side by side with the early footage…Her ability to match her old actions was uncanny." The video peaked at #11 on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown.
- "Eight Easy Steps" (Thick Dick Filter Mix) – 6:56
- "Eight Easy Steps" (Jez Colin & Flipper Dalton Remix) – 6:35
- "Eight Easy Steps" (The Orange Factory Remix) – 6:58
- "Eight Easy Steps" (Smitty & Gabriel D. Vine Remix) – 7:03
A second acoustic single was planned with more tracks from the Vancouver Sessions. However, it was scrapped before it was released.
|Billboard Adult Top 40 (U.S.)||27|
|Billboard Hot Singles Sales (U.S.)||37|
|Billboard Hot Dance Club Play (U.S.)||9|
|Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales (U.S.)||3|
|Spanish Singles Chart||40|
|World Dance / Trance Top 30 Singles||9|
Credits and personnel
- Vocals: Alanis Morissette
- Guitar: Joel Shearer
- Producers: Alanis Morissette, John Shanks, Tim Thorney
- Audio mixing: Chris Lord-Alge, Adam Schiff
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- R. S. Ross. "Alanis Morissette - So Called Chaos - Review". Stylus Magazine. June 16, 2004. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
- Pareles, Jon. "MUSIC; The Solipsisters Sing Out Once Again". The New York Times. May 16, 2004. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
- Sullivan, Caroline. "Alanis Morissette, So-Called Chaos". The Guardian. May 14, 2004. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
- "For The Record: Quick News On Nicky Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Nelly, Jessica Simpson, Coldplay, Mike Shinoda & More". MTV News. August 16, 2004. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
- Cohen, Jonathan. "Alanis 'Steps' Back Into The Past In New Video". Billboard. August 13, 2004. Retrieved June 1, 2007.