'Under Rug Swept' is the third Maverick studio album by the Ottawa-born alternative pop-rock artist, Alanis Nadine Morissette. It is her follow up album to 1999's 'Unplugged' and contains the single 'Hands Clean'. Morissette wrote and produced every track on this release.
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Alanis Morissette (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Tim Thorney (guitar, bass); Nick Lashley, Dean Deleo, Joel Shearer (guitar); Mark Stephens (piano, keyboards); Richard Causon (piano); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards); Eric Avery, Chris Chaney, Flea, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Chris Bruce (bass); Gary Novak (drums, percussion).
In the four years following the release of 1998's SUPPOSED FORMER INFATUATION JUNKIE, Alanis Morissette went far afield from music, dabbling in film (DOGMA), TV (SEX & THE CITY) and stage (THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES). Her return to the studio found the older and wiser former child star hooking up with her old band along with a number of superstar guests. Sharing the same confessional approach towards songwriting as musical brethren Natalie Imbruglia and Fiona Apple, Morissette delves into personal experiences with ex-lovers ("Narcissus" featuring Flea), new ones (the soaring "Surrendering"), and feelings of insecurity ("So Unsexy" featuring Me'shell N'Degeocello).
Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo and former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery lend their talents to the yearning of "Precious Illusions." Best of all is the uplifting closer "Utopia," an anthem of hope that combines the spiritually focused Canadian's ethereal vocal phrasing with lush string arrangements and trilling acoustic guitar. Despite being weighted in a good deal of introspection, Morissette's third outing finds her deftly avoiding any hint of pretentiousness or self-absorption.
Getting her start with Canadian bubblegum pop in the early-1990s, Alanis Morissette reinvented herself as an angst-ridden hippie/alternative rocker by the middle of the decade. The makeover paid off splendidly, as Morissette scored one of the best-selling rock albums of the '90s with JAGGED LITTLE PILL, inspiring a generation of angry young women. She even made a tongue-in-cheek appearance portraying God in the '99 cult film DOGMA. Though subsequent recordings were unable to top PILL's impact, Morissette's work veered off in some interesting directions, incorporating Eastern melodic sensibilities and a harder-rocking sound, occasionally coming off like a feminist update of "Kashmir"-era Led Zeppelin.
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