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  • Audio CD (Dec 10 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced, NTSC, Import
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B000077VRV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Fear Of Bliss
2. Bent 4 U
3. Sorry To Myself
4. Sister Blister
5. Offer
6. Unprodigal Daughter
7. Simple Together
8. Purgatorying
9. Hands Clean (Acoustic)
Disc: 2
1. Baba (live)
2. Right Through You (live)
3. 21 Things I Want In A Lover (live)
4. Hand In My Pocket (live)
5. Purgatorying 1 (live)
6. Unprodigal Daughter (live)
7. Flinch (live)
8. All I Really Want (live)
9. Precious Illusions (live)
10. Sympathetic Character (live)
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Early 2002's Under Rug Swept, her first studio album in four years, was a platinum #1 smash for Alanis Morissette, one of today's most popular and recognizable artists. Luckily, there was a lot more great music created in the studio than was heard on the album. The Feast On Scraps DVD offers a 2002 concert - essentially a live "greatest hits" performance, and behind-the-scenes footgage Alanis describes as "a conceptual scrapbook filled with snapshots of my experiences over the past two years. From writing/recording and producing Under Rug Swept and Feast On Scraps, a show in Rotterdam and other cities around the world." The accompanying CD, Feast On Scraps, presents eight new songs from the Under Rug Swept sessions plus an acoustic version of the hit "Hands Clean." Together, Feast On Scraps, heard and seen, spontaneous and emotional, is Alanis at her best.

This isn't quite a live album, greatest hits, or rarities package, although it contains plenty of material that falls under all three columns. Rather, Feast on Scraps is a generous serving of everything Alanis. Its centerpiece is a CD featuring eight previously unreleased songs that were recorded during the Under Rug Swept sessions, plus an acoustic take on the hit "Hands Clean." Among the highlights here are a nasty Jagged Little Pill throwback called "Sister Blister" and a warmly seductive folk number approximating Joni Mitchell called "Offer." Then there is the DVD, brimming with superb live performances of sleek, dark pop hits such as "You Oughta Know," "Head Over Feet," and "Thank U." The set is rounded out with some delightfully candid behind-the-scenes footage (watch Alanis break down in tears during the writing of "Surrendering") that will make her fans gasp in delight. --Aidin Vaziri

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By Lai Ming Kwan on March 29 2006
Format: Audio CD
2002 was the year that Alanis Morissette dug through the vaults of her "Under Rug Swept" studio sessions and prepared 9 b-sides to release on this CD and DVD set. "Feast on Scraps" is Alanis' Christmas 2002 release and consists of 9 previously unreleased tracks (that is, internationally since some tracks were previously released in different regions on CD singles) and a DVD containing footage from her Towards our Union Mended tour.
When compared to tracks from her previous albums, "Jagged Little Pill" and "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie", "Feast on Scraps" features an obvious shift, both lyrically and musically. "Under Rug Swept", Alanis' February 2002 release was Alanis' first time flying solo in the studio, writing and producing all tracks alone, without the aid of producer Glen Ballard (most known for producing Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror"). The tracks showcase a more mainstream adult contemporary, rock/pop sound, when compared to tracks like "Unsent" from her 1998 release. With more distorted guitars and catchier melodies, Alanis had successfully changed her style. Of the 30-some songs that were written for "Under Rug Swept", 11 made the cut, and later in the year, 9 more were chosen for this release. The CD features some of my personal favorite Alanis tracks, including Bent 4 U, Sorry to Myself and Sister Blister.
The DVD features most of the 2002-08-13 stop of her "Towards Our Union Mended" tour at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Spliced in between the 21 track concert is various backstage footage and interviews from on the road. However, the major flaw, I feel, in the DVD is the fact that the whole show was not there! For half of the tracks, footage from various concerts were spliced together to form one song.
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I was very upset with Alanis after finding out that she ditched Fear of Bliss and Sister Blister off the URS CD. While I admire her integrity and evolution, it was upsetting that fans and non-fans were deprived of such gems. What I think the URS CD track list should have been:
1 Fear of Bliss - 3rd single
2 Sister Blister - 1st single
3 Unprodigal Daughter
4 So Unsexy
5 A Man
6 Twenty One Things
7 Precious Illusions
8 Flinch
9 Hands Clean - 2nd single
10 Simple Together - 4th single
11 Bent for You
12 You Owe Me Nothing
13 Surrendering - 5th single
14 Utopia
Anyway, back to Feast of Scraps. Overall, the CD itself is a B+ only because it feels short but it has about 5 classics on it. And Alanis could have added Awakening Americans and Symptoms on the cd, although that would have made a pretty somber track listing. Here is my grade system for the songs:
1. Fear Of Bliss (A+)
2. Bent 4 U (B)
3. Sorry To Myself (B)
4. Sister Blister (A+)
5. Offer (A)
6. Unprodigal Daughter (A)
7. Simple Together (A-)
8. Purgatorying (B)
9. Hands Clean (A)
The DVD is just a marvel to watch and at the end I was left wanting more. The tracks Alanis chose to portray in the DVD were odd choices but still very good. I have great respect for an artist who doesn't focus on their mainstream hitlist during concerts. The contents overall is quite hilarious and really an opener for people who thought Alanis was perpetually dark and serious. Some scenes are quite emotional as well. Overall, this package is ambrosia for her fans.
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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.
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Every once in a while when songwriters find their hands full of unreleased ditties and uncatalogued material, a B-sides album comes out. The term B-sides comes from back in the vinyl days when you bought a single 7-inch record. The A-side would have the hit and there would be another track on the other side that didn't quite make the album.
Alanis Morrisette, one of the century's best songwriters, released the fittingly titled "Feast On Scraps" compilation of some of the songs that failed to make the cut on previous albums with a DVD disc documenting her last tour and studio adventures.
The songs on this disc might sound familiar, as they have been heavily played in Morrisette's tours and have found their way onto bonus material on singles or MP3s. However, these versions are studio-constructed and sound just like an album.
The set opens with "Fear Of Bliss," hitting hard from the start with a gritty sound and indicating Morrisette's lyrical genius. The heavy-wording continues on "Bent 4 U" and the softer self-examination of "Sorry to Myself."
The nine tracks include an acoustic version of the hit "Hands Clean" ending the set, but it sounds odd as songs like "Purgatorying" and "Sister Blister" are heavier Morrisette numbers. The standout track is "Unprodigal Daughter."
If you are not an avid fan of Morrisette's, then this CD is not recommended. "Feast On Scraps" does not contain any catchy lullabies or sing-along rock tunes.
The DVD disc contains live performances of Morrisette's hits such as "Ironic," "Head Over Feet" and "Uninvited.
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