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On her new album Havoc and Bright Lights, Alanis Morissette distills her entire body of work into its closing track “Edge of Evolution.” “…we’re ready to push envelopes into full-blown consciousness,” she declares in the final verse. “The evolution of our consciousness can be such a lofty, overly heady, and, frankly, confusing conversation for ... Read more in Amazon's Alanis Morissette Store

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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B00005TPKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (407 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 21 Things I Want In A Lover
2. Narcissus
3. Hands Clean
4. Flinch
5. So Unsexy
6. Precious Illusions
7. That Particular Time
8. A Man
9. You Owe Me Nothing in Return
10. Surrendering
11. Utopia

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With Under Rug Swept, Alanis Morissette returns to the rockin', raw emotion that has made her one of music's most popular and recognizable artists. Her first studio album in four years, following the biggest-selling album by a female artist in history, a triple-platinum follow-up and a gold live album, the much-anticipated Under Rug Swept reveals a phenomenal success story of a woman who has become a truly major force in rock. Certified Platinum by the RIAA. (3/02)


With all the attention Alanis Morissette's career has garnered, it's startling to think that on the release of her third studio CD she has yet to see her 28th birthday. Under Rug Swept finds Morissette in the producer's role, a position she seems more comfortable with at this stage than songwriter. The opener, "21 Things I Want in a Lover," finds Morissette ticking off her likes and dislikes before an attention-grabbing explosion of crunching guitar chords and a scratchy hip-hop beat. Swept's emotional flow is navigated by Morissette's vocal queues: her lower register accompanies confrontation and self-proclamation ("Narcissus"), the higher intimates vulnerability and reflection ("Utopia"). Every tone is enlivened by well-blended electronic and acoustic elements. The snag is that, as with her previous two albums, Under Rug Swept is marred by unabridged stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Her awkward syntax and distorted phrasing disorients music that's melodious and compelling. She remains acutely self-obsessed, delivering rants aimed at men who are fatally flawed and, naturally, irresistibly devastating. For now, her greatest strength as a musician lies in her ear for a powerful melody. Lyrically, she'd be better off keeping her contorted prose In Closet Locked. --Beth Massa

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Alanis has a great voice, great lyrics, great songs.
This is the fine,talented-made thing that can help people in thinking of their life,love,relations between loving a man and a woman.
Slava Gorin
Alanis is a brilliant artist, her last album (Jagged Little Pill) was great, all of the songs had so much meaning.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Bradford on March 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Alanis Morissette's latest effort "Under Rug Swept" brings her progression as an artist full circle. Starting with the feminine angst driven and post-teen disenchantment of Jagged Little Pill; continuing with the sagacious, inspiring, alluring, and authenticity of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie; and progressing with "Under Rug Swept," an album where Alanis puts on a sensual and human interaction hat.
21 Things displays a sort of sensual passion that works attractively with Alanis. The loud guitar and bluntly said prerequisites and check-list orientated requirements are both tongue-and-cheek and revealing, as the listener sees a bit more of Alanis's moral composition.
Narcissus is a critical track that is a musical masterpiece. It's written in the format of carping little notes to various "boys," such as "egotist boy" and "narcissus boy." The lyrical quality is amazing and complements the stunning arrangement perfectly. A perfect balance between rock and easy listening.
Hands Clean is the first and current single and an intriguing one that everyone has been trying to interpret. Some say it's a recollection of Alanis's life in the recording business; while most simply deem it as an interesting synopsis of a relationship plucked out of the plethora of alluring associations Alanis has had over her mere 27 years. Hands Clean is a remarkably strong piece that shows that Alanis can produce a hit without having it backed with loud drums and a roaring guitar. The bridge: "what part of our history's reinvented and under rug swept? / what part of your memory is selective and tends to forget?" will sweep your breath away.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By BJ on March 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"under rug swept" is a really amazing disc. morissette has taken production control and created a musical set with complex, sometimes hysterical lyrics and a rhythm focused, guitar-heavy melody. absent is the frenetic musical experimentation that was "supposed former infatuation junkie" and in its place is a more cohesive and structured album.
...the angry girl depiction has become such a media and critic's cliche. on "under rug swept" she doesn't so much rant at men as she describes her own place in these dysfunctional relationships...beautifully written, these songs may sound like stream-of-consciousness poetry, but at least they're thought provoking and delivered with great vocal finesse...it's about style, baby, and morissette's hook is the vocal and linguistic game of tag that she plays throughout her songs.
ripped vocals and sexy melodies wrap themselves nicely around morissette's writing, making this a truly wonderful disc. "21 things i want in a lover","hands clean" and "you owe me nothing in return" are three of her strongest tracks to date and alone make the album worth owning...just check out this album.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Texas Brian on April 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is Alanis finally finding herself, coming into her own. Where "Jagged Little Pill" found her exploring a new rock sound and coming to terms with raw emotions, and "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" was an expression of enlightenment and spiritual rebirth, "Under Rug Swept" is the product of an artist who finally has clarity of mind and is comfortable on all levels in verbalizing her feelings.
The track starts out with the crunching guitar riff of "21 Things I Want In A Lover," a driving standout cut. Here, she's edgy and strong musically, but she's also honest and fun lyrically. ("Are you uninhibited in bed? More than three times a week? All for being experimental?")
"Narcissus" is one of those songs where you instantly associate it with someone. "Dear Narcissus boy / I know you've had your butt licked by your mother ... why do I try to love you / when you really don't want me to?" She says all the things that we've wanted to say to the self-centered people in our lives. And she does it in a mid-tempo quirky clever way.
The early hit from here, "Hands Clean," is classic "new" Alanis -- simple, conversational lyrics, non-threatening hummable melody and a hook that sticks in your head. And for that reason, it's already become a radio favorite.
Other standouts include "Flinch" -- raw emotion set with a sparse arrangement where her voice pierces and haunts. It's a kindred track to the earlier smash "Uninvited." Another is "Utopia." This is definitely a fan track -- very folksy and esoteric and sparse -- but it's clean and simple and lyrically inspiring in a John Lennon "Imagine" sort of way.
My only issue here is that Alanis, since parting ways with Glen Ballard, has pursued her own writing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lee Noble on July 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Alanis has been criticised for using "unabridged sentences, and '..awkward syntax' with '..distorted phrases'. As any fan will tell you, this is what we LOVE about Alanis, the way she will take a simple feeling, 'Alanisise' it then throw it back out twisted and reworked so we have to think about her wording to uncover what she means, that is her artistic license that makes her so addictive and unique. Don't be put off by Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie's not so hot reviews, it wasn't well received, but 'Under Rug Swept' in in some ways a back to basics album with great melodies, thought provoking lyrics that make u smile with recognition of having the same thoughts and feelings in your own past relationships. If you're looking for a reason to come back to Alanis, this is it. a Fantastic album.
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