Empathy

Album: Havoc And Bright Lights (2012)

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  • Alanis Morissette's eighth studio album Havoc and Bright Lights is also her first since giving birth to her first child, Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway. While motherhood is a theme, the songs she wrote for the record explore other elements of her new life. "The form [of the album] is the motherhood, but the essence of it really is a deepening of intimacy and a deepening of commitment, and therefore there being a lot of healing," she explained to MTV News. "I'm healing a lot of wounds from my childhood, and so is my husband, and ... that healing definitely shows up in songs like 'Empathy' and 'Lens,' the whole idea of fostering connection, that horrible feeling of disconnection from God or each other or our own selves. It's a very hollow, piercing, terrible feeling."

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