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Morissette Likes "Less Pressure" As Opening Act

Of the Oakland Press

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After a year and a half break from touring, Alanis Morissette says getting back onstage felt a bit foreign.

“I felt like I was a visitor, watching someone else’s show — like an out-of-body experience,” says the Canadian singer-songwriter, a onetime child TV star whose 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

“But now,” she says, “I remember why I love it so much.”

Morissette’s current jaunt opening for matchbox twenty is, in fact, a good way for her to ease back in.

“There’s no pressure for me,” she explains. “I don’t have a record out until most likely spring-ish. So there couldn’t be a less pressure-filled scenario for me than playing between Mutemath and matchbox twenty.”

The pressure, however, will amp up in April or May, when Morissette, 33, releases her sixth solo album, “Flavors of Entanglement.” She and producer Guy Sigsworth recorded 24 songs for the album — some of which deal with Morissette’s breakup with fiance Ryan Reynolds — and she’s in the process of winnowing it down to 11 tracks for the final release.

But Morissette — who co-stars in the upcoming film adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel “Radio Free Albemuth” — is giving fans a taste of the new material at the shows, including “Torch,” “Moratorium” and the likely first single, “Underneath.”

“We’re doing up to four new songs a night, which is a lot considering the record’s not out yet,” says Morissette, who’s not necessarily considering audience reaction when determining which songs will make the album. “I have a hard time really figuring out what people like, and I think it’d be dangerous for me to put a record together based on that.

“So I’m putting together a record that I love, and I like to think people will enjoy it. But we’ll see.”

Alanis Morissette performs with matchbox twenty and Mutemath at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 2) at The Palace, Lapeer Road at Interstate 75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $79.50 and $49.50. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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