Tasty 'Flavors'

During the last five years, Alanis Morissette has simmered down.

During the last five years, Alanis Morissette has simmered down. Her romantic 2004 studio effort "So-Called Chaos," the Starbucks-licensed "Jagged Little Pill -- Acoustic" and retrospective "The Collection" all pointed to a more grounded direction, which continues on the new "Flavors of Entanglement" (Warner Bros.).

"On a personal level, this album is about really growing up," she says, pointing to songs like the voice-and-piano "Not As We." But there are surprises, like "Moratorium," which she describes as "a snowboarding trip on crack. It's like a really fast journey downhill, or uphill, if that were possible."

On "Flavors," Morissette worked with Frou Frou's Guy Sigsworth to create an album full of soaring melodies and the intensely personal lyrics that built her reputation.

"He's a mad scientist genius freak of nature," Morissette says of Sigsworth. "I'd get to the studio at 1 p.m., and we'd write and get a song by 4 p.m. It's a meticulous process-structure is my friend. If I didn't have structure, I wouldn't show up."