Album: Alanis Morisette, Havoc and Bright Lights (Sony)

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Morissette is the sort of woman who does yoga to ensure she can still gaze at her navel.

Four years after her last album, she's back with self-obsessed lines like "I am seduced by my own wilfulness". Lead single "Guardian" is American Idol fodder, setting the tone for more tedious MOR. On "Woman Down" she asks a misogynist, "Why must you vilify us?" Don't hide behind your sisters, Alanis. No one's vilifying women. We're vilifying you.