Alanis Morissette Explains How Her Much-Needed Break Led To New Single

Alanis Morissette's first album in three years, "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie," will finally arrive in November, and according to Alanis, the time away has been beneficial for a number of reasons.

Morissette has been virtually invisible while crafting her follow-up to "Jagged Little Pill," and spent a good portion of her break traveling through India. The singer sat down with MTV News' John Norris this week and said that the time away granted her some mental breathing room, as well as a new single, "Thank U."

"Basically, I had never stopped in my whole life, hadn't taken a long breath, and I took a year and a half off and basically learned how to do that," Morissette told MTV News. "When I did stop and I was silent and I breathed... once I got through everything that inevitably sort of came up because I was silent and ready to deal with things. I was just left with an immense amount

of gratitude, and inspiration, and love, and bliss, and that's where the song came from, you know." [28.8 RealVideo]

The effects of that voyage can be heard on "Thank U," the first single from "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie," which will hit radio in late September. Morissette will take her new material on the road with a 12-date club tour that kicks off on October 11 in Santa Cruz, California (see "Alanis Morissette Lines Up Club Tour As Release Date Nears").