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Weekend Listening: Alanis Morissette On Fame Obsession, Commitment And Empathy

How many Alanis Morissette fans out there are ridiculously excited about the new album dropping next week?!

Havoc and Bright Lights, which hits shelves Tuesday, August 28, is Morissette’s first album release in four years (the last was Flavors of Entanglement, before she had her son) and, according to a recent interview with Rolling Stone, will tackle the ever-popular idea (reality?) of celebrity obsession.

Morissette admits the song “Celebrity” is based on real people (and don’t ask – she ain’t giving any hints), though she notes she’s not innocent, either:

Do I appreciate the idea of jealousy, revenge and all these so-called dark qualities? Yes. Do I write these songs in order to engage in some public war with someone? No. And also, as with any song I’ve ever written, I’m also busting my own chops. This isn’t just finger pointing at one human being – it could well be a composite, and the composite includes me.

Of course, like most of Morissette’s album’s, Havoc and Bright Lights promises to cover the sweet right along with the sour (even the album’s title suggests a mix of life’s ups and downs). Speaking about the lyrics to “Guardian,” the first single, Morissette says:

So excited to share these with you. The greatest offering and aspiration within any relationship, for me, is the willingness to combine protection, commitment, vulnerability, tenacity, tenderness, constancy, empathy, mutuality, intentionality, innocence, presence, courage, freedom-offering and beautiful humanity at the same time. This song speaks to that commitment to both my sweet son, as well as my own inner child.

Havoc and Bright Lights is now available for pre-order on iTunes. While you wait, check out “Guardian” over on Morissette’s official YouTube channel.

Weekend Listening: Alanis Morissette On Fame Obsession, Commitment And Empathy

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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