Seventeen years after Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette has shaken off the title of pop's queen of angst. Her new album, Havoc and Bright Lights, is a thing of joy, writes Mark Sutherland.
Morissette began to suffer anxiety attacks, including one on a long-distance flight ("If you’re going to have one, mid-air surrounded by strangers is definitely the place to have it," she deadpans). Until that point, she had often visualised various career goals; clear mental images would come to her unprompted, but once success arrived those images dried up. "I’d always had these prophetic visions of what was next. I’d see myself touring or writing a book or whatever it was. "But after Jagged Little Pill the pictures completely vanished..."
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Alanis Morissette: Channeling rage and finding joy in creativity