I place the CD in my CD Player. I understand that the songs on this album are the ones that didn't make Under Rug Swept. I'm greeted with Fear Of Bliss. One song after another, I realize why these songs aren't on Under Rug Swept. That was a happy more upbeat album, and these songs were dark, brooding, angry. In other words, nothing like that album.
Regardless, this is some of her best work. Songs like Bent 4 U and Sister Blister belonged on Under Rug Swept. They could have been huge hits and restored Alanis to superstar status. At least in my opinion. All of them are great. I love Hands Clean in acoustic form.
After listening to the CD, I don't break the momentum and I immediately put on the DVD. I sit spellbound for the next 2 hours as we see Alanis entertain the people of Rotterdam with her biggest hits. She has a magnetic stage presence, running around and throwing her head every which way, her hair flying around. In between each song, we get a peek into Alanis's everyday life. Interesting and fun moments include Alanis breaking down and crying during her recording "Surrendering," Alanis making a very dirty acceptance "speech" while hanging out with friends, and whether she's acting like a robot or talking in a Cockney accent, Alanis is funny, intelligent, and she looks like she'd be a good friend to anyone. It invites you in and makes you feel that way.
I'm not even gonna complain about the sound because a: I don't care and b: if people are gonna drop a star because the quality is bad sometimes, they have no business owning this album.