Exclusive: Extra Alanis Cuts Won't Be 'Under Rug Swept'
Alanis Morissette is feeling remarkably prolific right now, so much so that she wrote 27 songs for her upcoming third Maverick album, "Under Rug Swept." While not all of those tracks made the 11-trackAlanis Morissette is feeling remarkably prolific right now, so much so that she wrote 27 songs for her upcoming third Maverick album, "Under Rug Swept." While not all of those tracks made the 11-track album -- due Feb. 26 -- many will be released as European B-sides, and Maverick may cull them for a worldwide EP release later this year.
"I just could not face the idea of letting all of these songs go," she tells Billboard. "They're all precious to me. It's just a matter of finding the right framework in which to share them with the world."
After years of collaboration and working under the guidance of others, Morissette has taken full control of her creative destiny. "Under Rug Swept," which she wrote and produced alone, is her first full-length effort without producer/writer Glenn Ballard, with whom she crafted the influential, mega-selling "Jagged Little Pill" (1995) and "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" (1998).
It's an evolution that she says was always part of her overall creative plan. "It was just a matter of when it would happen organically. In truth, I didn't know that this would be the album I did alone."
Morissette was not totally alone, however, as the set is enhanced by guest appearances by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery, and Me'shell N'degeOcello.
First single "Hands Clean" shipped to U.S. radio outlets on Tuesday. Shortly before the release of the album, the 27-year-old Morissette will embark on a 10-city promotional tour of major-market U.S. radio stations. She's also preparing for a pair of in-store signings/performances the week of Feb. 25 (at deadline the locations had not yet been determined). That same week, the artist will appear on a host of network talk shows and the premiere episode of the new Bravo series "Musicians."
Details of the tour in support of "Under Rug Swept" are still undetermined, though Morissette is likely to hit the road in the spring. Prior to that, she will head to Europe in March for a string of personal appearances and performances.
-- Larry Flick, N.Y.
Click here to read an excerpt of Billboard's exclusive interview with Alanis Morissette. The full text of this article, as well as a track-by-track preview of "Under Rug Swept," appears in the Jan. 19 issue of Billboard, and is now available in the Billboard.com members section.
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