Alanis Morissette: Under
Under Rug Swept is the 3rd studio album under Morissette's
belt and again she manages to serve up the same quality of deep
sultry lyrics while invoking thought, inspiration and even controversy.
This time around, Morissette takes on new responsibilities as
producer as well as writing the lyrics to Under Rug Swept.
After four years of waiting for new material, this album is arguably
one of the best in the Alanis Morissette collection and delivers
As opposed to Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Morissette
has moved from spiritual slow paced lyrics back to the raw and
harder edged song writing she's been known for from her Jagged
Little Pill release. Given that she is in a different emotional
place than she was four years ago, it still possesses the ability
of capturing the listener with the words in the songs.
In tracks such as 21 Things I Want In a Lover and So
Unsexy shows the raw and unconstrained song writing that
she is best known for. She reveals herself emotionally in lyrical
content and lets audience in to her life, to almost feel part
of it. For an artist to be so open and sincere with their fans,
it just goes to show their authenticity and inventiveness. The
unrestrained approach to the songs will be much appreciated by
"That Particular Time" is one of the slow ballads
of Under Rug Swept that carries away the listener by the
pure emotion of the song about a not so wanted break up. There
are also the tracks that are reminiscent of Jagged Little
Pill such as "Narcissus" which has a punchy beat
that has her asking "why, why, why…" Just as
catchy as "Precious Illusions" which will most likely
be a follow-up to "Hands Clean".
The entire album is an emotional roller coaster of life accounts
that keep the audience listening intensely to the lyrics as well
as the song itself. If you bought Jagged Little Pill and
liked "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie", Under
Rug Swept will most likely be stuck on "repeat"
in your CD player. In an industry now that is so keen on what
makes the big bucks and sacrificing artistic integrity, this
album is here to prove that true artists still do exist.
CRITIQUES OF ARTICLE BY
- Good descriptions of music! I haven't heard this album, but
the article leaves me with a good idea of how it sounds.
- Makes me want to go out and buy the CD!
- Excellent CD review! Provides good information to the reader,
especially to fans of Alanis Morrissette of what they can expect
if they pick up this latest offering from her. Interesting link
you chose too....not something that her record company put together,
but a fan site. It was interesting navigating around it. Nice
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