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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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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.Read more ›
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
9 Hands Clean - 2nd single
10 Simple Together - 4th single
11 Bent for You
12 You Owe Me Nothing
13 Surrendering - 5th single
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.
This much anticipated release of all the remaining songs which didn't fit onto the newest album "Under Rug Swept", but were just too good to leave out.
The DVD. Well, what can I say. I unfortunately don't own a copy of Jagged Little Pill live, nor have I had the opportunity (as yet) to see Alanis at a live concert. This gave a real insight. Not only did it entertain me for an entire evening, but it also brought about a new perspective. Alanis - is not just the rockstar. She is not just a multi grammy award winning, and an indeed beautiful woman. She is not just an anger filled, angst driven "yet another" music performer.
And here, feast on scraps, proves this entirely. She is a normal human being! She talks about what she loves, why she does things, she gets emotional, she gets hyped, she gets high, she gets low. Whatever. Every second of this DVD is amazing. A clip between every song, to see "the real alanis".
And the cd. well, I must say its truly...gorgeous. The song "Simple Together", made me cry when I first heard it - echoed vocals, and a distinct lyric filled with passion and heart breaking emotion. Not only does this CD contain a beautiful version of "Hands Clean", the first single from the album "Under Rug Swept", but also some really great rocking and more dark songs. Raw emotion, put into neat little songs, and not so tidy ones. All in all - don't miss out on it.
So, if you're wondering if Alanis is all shes cracked up to be after all her years in the music buisness and whether shes met the end of her long winding road...well just to reassure you -
Shes better than ever, incorporating new styles, and new genres into every piece of music.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by Colin
This album is better than her recent major release "so called chaos" - I fell in love with some of the songs instantly. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by A
This album is one of the best albums Alanis had ever heard. I think that she should make more music like this. Under Rug Swept is percocious and this album is so good! Read morePublished on May 21 2004
it is FANTASTIC! Enough said. Awesome concert footage and whole cd of juicy songs that are definetely worthy of their own album that didn't get put on 2002's Under Rug Swept. Read morePublished on March 13 2004
Every once in a while when songwriters find their hands full of unreleased ditties and uncatalogued material, a B-sides album comes out. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Nasser Alqatami
ALANIS MORISSETTE - FEAST ON SCRAPS
When I first bought this cd I wasn't exactly sure of what I was going to get. Read more
Discover Alanis as if you were on tour with her. I love the DVD.It's more than I was expected. All her best songs are played on several stages over Europe. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Guiglou
As Alanis was having thoughts of her 'Fear of Bliss' being 'Bent For You,' her groves of fans, she was saying, I am 'Sorry to Myself' for not meeting with 'Sister Blister' but her... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by K. Wyatt
I love Alanis, but I'm amazed that she allowed this DVD to be produced. First of all, there is an *extreme* drop in sound quality during some songs, as if you were hearing it from... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003