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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Under Rug Swept...Thats is where it Belongs March 7 2002
By Cory
Format:Audio CD
I never learn my lesson. I was a bog Alanis fan but her last 2 albums have been one worse then the other. It is the same whinning Alanis and complaining with all this time off you would have thought she would have matured as a artist. The title says it all Sweep it under the rug and keep it there.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Alanis is still blah July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 interesting and overwhelm her music with their sheer bulk. This album is one of those three.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really great July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. Alanis' CD's may not have more than 12 tracks often but the songs on the CD are quality tracks. My favorite tracks are "Narcissus," "Precious Illusions," and "Hands Clean." I am surprised that Alanis didnt' get more critical acclaim and award recognition for this CD because its great and the production is awesome. The track for "Narcissus" bumps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Woman July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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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 Another Excellent Album June 7 2004
By Colin
Format:Audio CD
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. I only really liked That Particular Time and 21 Things I Want In A Lover. But now that I've given the record a chance, I found that there are a lot of great songs here. Narcissus, Hands Clean, So Unsexy, Precious Illusions, and Surrendering are now frequently played, and Utopia is one of my favorite songs from Alanis. Sadly, it only sold 986,000 copies. Not close to Supposed and FAR from Jagged Little Pill. This is just as good as Jagged though, and deserved more than it got.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first DVD-Audio May 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD Audio
...and I loved it along with the extra DVD video footage included.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Star Recording From Alanis May 18 2004
By Colin
Format:Audio CD
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. People criticize the company for not releasing more singles. I think 21 Things I Want In A Lover and That Particular Time could have been hits. 21 Things is, in my opinion, the best song on the album. Hands Clean and Precious Illusions were the only singles released. Both are excellent. Hands Clean revisits "the" relationship everyone thinks she should just get over. Hey, it's her life. If he did the things she said he did, I'd be pissed 10 years later as well. A great purchase. I can't wait to get So-Called Chaos, which is coming out tomorrow. If it's as good as this album, it'll be something very special. Then again, everything Alanis Morissette makes is pure magic.
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