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Under Rug Swept [Enhanced]

Alanis Morissette Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
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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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Few can do it like Alanis July 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I own all of Alanis's studio albums, and although this is my least favorite album of hers, it is still a very good album.
1)21 Things I Want In a Lover: probably my favorite song on the album. I like the beat and I love how specific she gets on the type of lover she wants. A great album opener.
2)Narcissus: another great song. I pity the fool who inspired this song. She sounds kind of weird here, but that's what I love about it.
3)Hands Clean: great choice for the lead single. The chorus is fantastic. You have to really pay attention to them to see the true meaning.
4)Flinch: a very emotional song. A little slow, but I like it.
5)So Unsexy: I like this song. Once again her lyrics are the key.
6)Precious Illusions: one of my favorite songs on the album. The chorus is awesome, and I can totally identify with what this song is all about.
7)That Particular Time: I love the lyrics, but I wish she had done more with the beat. You kind of wait for the music to take off but it never really does. Still, the lyrics are what make this song worth listening to.
8)A Man: a very strange song. You have to really listen to it to get into it. I do like it, though.
9)You Owe Me Nothing In Return: I really like this song. This song kind of foreshadows many of the straightforward songs on her latest album, So-Called Chaos.
10)Surrendering: I like the lyrics, but this isn't one of my favorites.
11)Utopia: a very slow yet moving song. Alanis describes her version of a perfect world and you can't help but want the same thing.
I highly recommend this album. It may not be her best, but anything Alanis does is worth checking out. What I love most about Alanis is that with her, it's the lyrics that really matter. Even when the music is a little too slow, the lyrics are where her magic lies. You can't say that about every artist, but thankfully we have Alanis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing May 17 2004
By Laura
Format:Audio CD
Alanis' 3rd studio album proves that she knows what she's doing. An outstanding lyricist and a wonderful performer. From start to finish, this album is something Alanis should be proud of.
01. 21 Things I Want In A Lover - the opening track is one of the more rock songs. It's a favourite of mine, Alanis describes things she would like in a lover 'are you funny?' etc. 5/5
02. Narcissus - at first I didn't like the song because the vocals are a bit scured but after a couple of listens I really got into this song. The lyrics are something females can relate to. 5/5
03. Hands Clean - the first single off Under Rug Swept, a nice song sounding more like the stuff from SFIJ, good. 4.5/5
04. Flinch - another song we can relate to. I find this song really close to my heart, an excellent way of describing a relationship lost but still in your heart. 5/5
05. So Unsexy - different lyrics, brilliant. I love the way she describes herself in this song, 'I'm 13 again, am I 13 for good?' and so on. 5/5
06. Precious Illusions - I love this song, the vocals are sexy and raw. LOVE IT. 5/5
07. That Particular Time - the worst song on the album, Alanis' vocals aren't up to her regular pitch and the music lags on and makes the song seem kind of boring. 2/5
08. A Man - the music is hard again here, the lyrics are a little different (a woman saying she is a man) but it makes perfect sense. Wonderful. 5/5
09. You Owe Me Nothing In Return - another one of my favourites, a song about love and how your partner need not give you anything even if you give them everything. 5/5
10. Surrendering - this song seems to disappear from memory but it's amazing. I'm not sure why this isn't a stand out. 4/5
11. Utopia - vocally and lyrically this is brilliant. I love this song, a perfect closing. 5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under Rug Swept DVD-Audio April 8 2004
Format:DVD Audio
I heard (as most of us) the 2-channel CD version of Under Rug Swept. At first I wasn't pleased with the album. But then, in one bright, spontaneous day, i bought the DVD-Audio (mainly because i wanted to check the album again.. how is it possible that any Alanis material isn't good?). I was overwhelmed. Every song represented a full-tone of emotional palette. The 2-channel Audio CD doen't do justic with Alanis' rich sound.
Every once in a while, an album is released that a CD cannot contain.
Tech details: First of all this is an Enhanced DVD-A, meaning there are extra sound elements (in the 6-ch. track) that you've never heard on the original CD (after you'll hear those extra enhancements, you'll never want to go back to 2-channel track).
Even if you have a DVD-Video only player, you will not be disappointed. The Dolby Digital track delievers six stunning channels. Alanis' voice (with it's better-than-cd high fidelity) is spread across the Center and Front speakers, all the musical instruments are widely spread across Center, Fronts, Rears and Sub and create a 3-D Alanis world.
The disc contains: Advanced resolution Stereo (CD-like mix) and Surround (MLP-6ch. Enhanced, for DVD-Audio players only)
Dolby Digital 2-Channel track (CD-like mix, for DVD-Video players, portable DVD-Video players and the like)
Dolby Digital 6-Channels (5.1 Enhanced, for DVD-Video players)
The extras: on-screen lyrics, beautiful menu, the making of URS-which is very interesting and studio scrapbook
Buy it, Listen, Support and Welcome.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Alanis is still blah
Jagged Little Pill was great, but since then Alanis has just churned out three albums with nothing new to offer, little inspiration, and lyrics that aren't particularly poetic or... Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Hugo Calendar
4.0 out of 5 stars Really great
I picked this CD up along with the new CD. I am glad I did because this is a really great CD I had been missing out on all of these years. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Dorrie Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Woman
Alanis is my hero. With songs like Everything and Ryan Reynolds beside her, she can do no wrong!!! Buy it, listen to it and learn! She's got her s*** together.
Published on July 14 2004 by Lisa Montoya
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Album
At first I got this just because it was Alanis Morissette. Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie had just re-fueled my interest in her and I wanted to have everything Alanis. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by Colin
5.0 out of 5 stars My first DVD-Audio
...and I loved it along with the extra DVD video footage included.
Published on May 30 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Star Recording From Alanis
I like Jagged Little Pill equally to this CD, with Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie being her best. Under Rug Swept was the subject of controversy within Maverick's walls. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Colin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD from Alanis
She has grown so much musically. This is a great CD. I didn't like it at first at all, but I listened to it a while ago and I can see how great it is. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album, it's worh it
Self-obsorbed, self-centered, poor little rich girl Alanis makes another great album. A little less rock and roll than her previous two, a little more tame. Catchy songs. Read more
Published on April 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Alanis' best since Jagged Little Pill
UNDER RUG SWEPT is a better album compared to SUPPOSED FORMER INFATUATION JUNKIE. Neither of those two albums was a Grammy winner like Alanis' '95 debut JAGGED LITTLE PILL,though. Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by andy8047
4.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLE AND REAL!
This third delivery by Morissette was a relief too the overcrowed "Supposed"... this album is more down to earth and more free of pressure, produced by herself. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by S. Quinto
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