Alanis Morissette channeled mothers across the world during quarantine when she performed with her daughter in tow on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which will air on Thursday night.
Morissette and her band joined the late-night show virtually to debut “Ablaze,” off her ninth studio album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, which is out Friday. Posted up in what looks to be an enviable library, the singer holds her daughter in her arms as she sings. The toddler predictably steals the show — and Morissette’s headphones. Just like the clip reflects as she holds her child, Morissette’s song is a dedication to her children, where she sings about their strengths and encourages them that they can persevere even when conflict arises. “My mission is to keep the light in your eyes ablaze,” she sings on the chorus, between conversations with her adorable show-stealing daughter.
The musician recently opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression in an interview with Rolling Stone. She currently has three children, the youngest of whom is eight months old. “The first two times I had it, it was more sort of depressive symptoms,” she said. “This time around, maybe one percent is depression. The rest is just anxiety and all the pictures and all the horrifying parts of PPD [postpartum depression.] But yeah, sleep is scarce. And I sleep whenever I can, which is not a large amount of time, but enough to keep going.”
Isn’t it ironic, we’re all stuck at home with no new music to play. That statement’s not entirely accurate, seeing as Alanis Morissette has blessed us with the release of Such Pretty Forks in the Road, her ninth studio album.
Pretty Forks arrives 25 years after her iconic album Jagged Little Pill, which ruled the Billboard 200 for 12 weeks and gave us the classics “Hand in My Pocket,” “You Oughta Know,” “Ironic” and more. The Canadian songstress was to mount a major global tour to celebrate the milestone, but it has been pushed back due to the pandemic.
Spanning 11 tracks, Such Pretty Forks in the Road is the Canadian songstress’s first LP since 2012. It was meant to drop May 1 but it too was delayed because of the health crisis.
The new set was written and recorded between Malibu and the Bay Area, with support from Michael Farrell and producers Catherine Marks and Alex Hope. “I'd been wanting to make a ‘piano record’ forever,” Morissette told Entertainment Weekly. And she did.
Twenty-five years after the release of the raw and emotional "Jagged Little Pill," Alanis Morissette is perfectly comfortable with having the ferocity expressed on her hit album be part of her legacy.
"Oh yeah, I love anger," Morissette told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Friday. "The impulse or the movement or the current of anger is enough to move worlds. It underlies all advocacy, all activism, all showings-up, all standing up for one's self — all of that is fueled by anger."
Headlined by hit singles like "You Oughta Know" and "Ironic," the album sold 33 million copies worldwide after its release in 1995.
"I often use the metaphor that this big feminist wave was coming and I volunteered really quickly,'' she said. "I had my surfboard, I'll ride that wave, let's do this.
"I feel excited and I'm so happy that people used this. I get a lot of feedback about how people have used various songs to help them through different periods of time, times in their life where they really felt they needed it."
The singer said she spent years getting grief about "Ironic," one of her biggest hits, which doesn't actually contain any irony. However, there is the irony that one of her most famous songs was one she fought to take off album because she didn't think it was good enough to make the cut.