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. ixat
    Feb 26, 2007
    upon first listen, most listeners may thnk that this album.. well.. kinda sucks... honestly, i did thnk of it that way.. i almost felt regretful of buyin this album and wanted to omit Alanis from my 'top 5 favorite artist list'.. but i listened to it the 2nd time, with an headphone with great sound system(:p), laying on my bed.... it's brilliant. the opening track, 21 Things I Want In A Lover, isa catchy tune that really gives you what the whole album is about... this is followed by Narcissus, a kinda odd number for Alanis, very pop, but still good. then comes the 3rd track, Hands Clean, the hit. Hands Clean doesn't sound very rock-ish, but very enjoyable and catchy, and when you go down beneath the surface, you'll find that this song is more than just a catchy tune. Another recommended track, Surrendering, is quite dancy. great! While the last song, Utopia, is a very sensitive, moody yet catchy tune.. A Man may sound trashy at first listen, but is actually one of the best tracks. Very dark, yet powerful. A highly recommended album. Expand
  2. JorgeM
    Apr 11, 2004
  3. RandyB
    Jul 7, 2006
    A couple of her phrasings could have been better handled, but overall, UNDER RUG SWEPT is a gorgeous exploration of the woman's psyche. It's a wonderfully melodic blend of some of JAGGED's angst and SUPPOSED FORMER's clam introspection, but at the same time something all it's own, and without any of the screeching that may have put people off about those first two outings. It's not the one people are going to remember first, because she'll never top JAGGED LITTLE PILL's enormity, but it's her best. Expand
  4. slobodan
    Sep 10, 2005
    better than the next she made.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. ChrisL
    Feb 13, 2005
    Another shit album by a shit artist.Ther are SO many great female artists out there,so why bother with this overated tosh?

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