Alanis Morissette offers 'Havoc and Bright Lights'

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It seems like just yesterday that Alanis Morissette was singing about love gone awry in "You Oughta Know" from her 1995 debut "Jagged Little Pill," which went platinum 16 times over.

Six albums and about 20 years later, Morissette is the mother of a young son and the creator of a new album "Havoc and Bright Lights," her first release in four years.

"This record, as always, is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care about, and what strikes me at four in the morning in my most introspective moments," said Morissette of the 12-song release. "It is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song. I can't wait to share it with this fun and funny planet, and to tour, and can't wait to have the lively, engaging and challenging conversations that these songs may invite."

The cool thing about Morissette is that she really means it. Even though "Jagged Little Pill" launched her into the big time with multiple Grammy Awards, she has never been about the awards, the attention and the photo shoots. When "Jagged Little Pill" was released, she talked about leaving music and opening a flower shop. Instead, she went to India in something akin to an "Eat, Pray, Love" quest.

Onstage
Alanis Morissette
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
Info: $42.50, $52.50; 301-960-9999, filmoresilverspring.com

Fast forward to today and the birth of her son Ever, which also birthed her latest burst of songwriting.

"Once my son was born, I immediately felt this surge of 'I have to write this record,' " Morissette said. "Of course the timing couldn't have been worse. Postpartum is not the time to be doing anything other than postpartum-ing. Because I'm an attachment parent, I wanted to be near him 24/7."

So Morissette engaged her musical collaborator Guy Sigsworth to travel from London and work out of her Los Angeles home, writing something like a song a day for her current album.

"It was this unusual but perfect blend of mom-hood and artist," she said. "It was a challenge to do both at the same time, but I had no other option. I was called to show up 100 percent for both, so this was the only way to do it. I developed a deep affinity and gratitude for coffee and falling asleep sitting up, for the first time in my life."

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Nancy Dunham

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