Under Rug Swept - Alanis Morissette
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  • Summary: Morissette's third studio album is the first one the 27-year-old Canadian songwriter has produced herself.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Even when the forced pronunciations turn gauche, she remains a good egg who's not afraid to put herself on the line.
  2. With its uncomfortable candour, Under Rug Swept is a serious business.
  3. 80
    Is Under Rug Swept as good as Jagged Little Pill? Ultimately, no. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.108]
  4. 60
    Astonishingly, her own production makes much of this guff zing along with dirty guitars or big drum beats and improbably insinuating choruses. [Apr 2002, p.100]
  5. Under Rug Swept just about drowns in psychobabble.
  6. Morissette seems unwilling to step into unfamiliar territory.
  7. I'm just not sure that pop music should come out of a thesaurus.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Sep 21, 2010
    An amazing album. At first I didn't like it but with a third listen...I was taken by the lyrics and the songs. "Hands Clean" is the best track ont he album Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2011
    I've always felt that Alanis Morissette took herself too serious, like she wanted to prove something to the audience, to be more than she actually was. I was never a fan before, although I liked and appreciated some of her songs. But I love this album, it's less rigid and it gives me a positive energy. I love the singles, the song that opens the album ("21 Things...") is amazing and contagious, "Flinch" is brilliant. The more I listen to Under Rug Swept, the more I like it. Every song is a grower! Expand
  3. Aug 23, 2013
    The shocking sound of her follow up "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" and the rise of the Pop genre made Alanis lose popularity in the late 90's and early 2000's, so it's understandable she chooses to go back to a more relatable sound. I see "Under Rug Swept" as a mix between "Pill" and "Junkie", with the return to feminist lyrics and a more pop oriented beat but keeping the self-aware and slightly awkward songwriting. Some songs may click, some take time to, but in general is a worth hearing album. Expand

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