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Alanis Morissette says she’s braver today

Melissa Ruggieri

The Alanis Morissette of 2012 looks a bit different emotionally than the Morissette of 1995, when “You Oughta Know” catapulted her to fame.

She’s now a mom and a wife, and while her propensity for deep thoughts hasn’t dissipated, the emotional rage and heart-on-sleeve outpourings that helped make her a superstar behind hits such as “Ironic” and “Hands Clean” manifest themselves differently. It’s evident in the mama bear protectiveness of “Guardian,” the first single from her eighth studio album, “Havoc and Bright Lights,” released in August, and in the spiritual overtones of the release.

“Havoc” spotlights some of Morissette’s best songwriting in years and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart — it also made an impressive showing internationally — and she’s taking those songs to the stage, including a stop at Stubb’s on Tuesday.

Joining her for the U.S. run is husband Souleye, who is opening the shows, and, unseen by fans, the couple’s almost-2-year-old son, Ever, who hangs out backstage while his parents work.

The always-thoughtful Morissette, 38, recently chatted with a handful of reporters on a conference call to discuss the tour and her new domesticated life.

On what her new album represents in terms of where she is personally in her life:

“I think it speaks to how much braver I am to delve into a deeper intimacy in my relationships — the one with my son, with my husband. Intimacy was always terrifying for me, so intimacy with spirit, other people, friends, even professional colleagues, although I don’t really write about that directly. So yes, it’s a relationship record even more so than ever before.”

On what the live show will be like, and how she determines what stays in the set list:

“Thankfully, the cringe factor is very nonexistent for the last 17 years, so (the songs) all fit together quite nicely. Basically, by the end of the show, I just feel really neutral because we run the whole gamut of every emotion known to humankind for me, and we change the set list a lot because we have the luxury of being able to do that. (There are) tons of songs from ‘Havoc and Bright Lights,’ and we do a little bit of an acoustic set near the end. (As far as production), I don’t know if it’s big, but it’s emotional and colorful and sweaty, so yes, it’s big to me, but is it YouTube big? No.”

On how she balances family and work life now:

“It’s exhausting, so there’s no way around that one. I have to be so much more responsible for filling my cup. So the way that I do it, my temperament is incredibly sensitive so it’s my responsibility to make sure that I pepper breaks throughout the day that are incredibly rejuvenative, so that can look like being on nonstop for a couple of hours and then I need to go away for 15 minutes or I just need to be alone with my son and nurse him or hang out with him.”

On how working in TV and on movies has affected her as a performer:

“I actually think portraying another character is way more terrifying for me, for what might be obvious reasons. For me, it’s just because when I’m singing and performing, there’s such a direct experience, it’s such an authentic expression that I can almost relax into it.”

Alanis Morissette