Moratorium

Album: Flavors of Entanglement (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • Morissette told Billboard magazine that this song is "essentially a song about my readiness to stop repeating bad patterns. I've kicked some of those in my life."
  • The album title comes from the lyric in this song. "I do need a breather from the flavors of entanglement. I declare a full time-out from all this commitment."
  • Many of the songs on this set were inspired by Morissette's break-up of her engagement to actor Ryan Reynolds.
  • The Canadian singer-songwriter told Live Daily why she decided to name the album "Flavors of Entanglement": "It's describing that which I need a break from, to say the least. I'm taking a little breather on the old jumping into commitment thing. A lot of the songs, thematically, hover around that subject."
  • The album was produced and co-written by Guy Sigsworth (the former Frou Frou member who's worked with Seal ("Crazy"), Björk ("It's Oh so Quiet") and Madonna ("What It Feels Like For a Girl")). Morissette told Live Daily about working with Sigsworth: "I remember hearing the Frou Frou song he did called "Let Go." I remember hearing that record and I thought, "This is a flawless piece of production. I would love to work with this person, whomever it is." I didn't know who it was at first. I tracked him down, called him and he was up for it and excited. We kicked ass together, I think. [Laughs]"
  • Morissette had been in relationships since her teenage years, but after breaking-up with Ryan Reynolds, she spent a year living the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll lifestyle. The singer-songwriter explained to the London Times June 14, 2008 that this song is about her year of debauchery. She said: "It's about the clarity, the exultation, finally bursting out of this self-imposed prison and just declaring that I would like to take a break because I was always the girl that would go from relationship to relationship and never have a breather. So taking a year off from any kind of commitment has been amazing. It's been such a rite of passage. Spending a year getting in trouble has been really, really fun."

Comments: 1

  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnThe music in the song is similar to A Day in the Life by The Beatles.
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