Under Rug Swept

For her third studio album, Alanis Morissette decided to go it alone.

For her third studio album, Alanis Morissette decided to go it alone. Unlike 1995's Jagged Little Pill and 1998's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie—which Morissette crafted with writer/producer Glen Ballard—the supreme Under Rug Swept was penned and produced by the artist herself. The very human Under Rug Swept satisfies with moments of darkness, enlightenment, anger, bittersweet tension, and happiness. Winning moments are aplenty. On "21 Things," Morissette lists the 21 things she wants in a lover, "not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer." The delicate ballad "Flinch" recalls Joni Mitchell at her best; the funky "So Unsexy" is truly an every(wo)man's tale. "Hands Clean," the buoyantly infectious lead single, beautifully shows that there are indeed two sides to every story—in this case, a past relationship. Although 2002 is still young, consider Under Rug Swept one of the year's best.—MP
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