• Record Label: Maverick
  • Release Date: Feb 26, 2002
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Although 2002 is still young, consider Under Rug Swept one of the year's best.
  3. With its uncomfortable candour, Under Rug Swept is a serious business.
  4. The music flows, the production doesn't overplay its hand, it's pleasingly melodic, tempering tempers the extremities of Jagged Little Pill while retaining the character and, as such, it's easy to groove on the sound without listening to the words.
  5. Under Rug Swept is Alanis Morissette in top form, exercising her God-given right to vent and sound beautiful doing so.
  6. Blender
    80
    Is Under Rug Swept as good as Jagged Little Pill? Ultimately, no. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.108]
  7. The good news is that despite the excess verbiage (which at least is hardly a shock), this is a Good Album.
  8. Spin
    70
    The processed guitar-based tracks on Rug don't quite rollick or shimmer, but with Alanis it's the lyrics, not the music, that count. [Apr 2002, p.114]
  9. Alanis is back on course and heading in the right direction.
  10. Her stream-of-conscious lyrics about self-esteem and troubled relationships are just more of the same medicine that went down better with 1995's Jagged Little Pill.
  11. 60
    As the disc progresses, her caustic diatribes against men get harder to take.
  12. Mojo
    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]
  13. Under Rug Swept just about drowns in psychobabble.
  14. The album's garbled title is preparation for some of the clumsiest lyrics to be heard on a pop record in years.
  15. Morissette seems unwilling to step into unfamiliar territory.
  16. Her personal revelations too often ring false and crass, and nothing undermines a confession like calculation.
  17. This record moves way beyond armchair psychology - in fact, there are armchairs that have a cannier grasp of the mind.
  18. Time and again she comes across as the glum, joyless, self-centered sophomore with the dog-eared copy of "The Bell Jar" in her Hello Kitty backpack.
  19. I'm just not sure that pop music should come out of a thesaurus.
  20. Uncut
    30
    Chiefly consists of lumpen and joyless AOR rock, with a few rhythm loops to give an illusion of modernity. [Apr 2002, p.104]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. ixat
    Feb 26, 2007
    10
    upon first listen, most listeners may thnk that this album.. well.. kinda sucks... honestly, i did thnk of it that way.. i almost felt 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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2017
    6
    Definitivamente não é o melhor álbum de Alanis, aliás foi nele que começou uma queda até o de 2008 que foi bem fraco. Mas fico feliz que oDefinitivamente não é o melhor álbum de Alanis, aliás foi nele que começou uma queda até o de 2008 que foi bem fraco. Mas fico feliz que o álbum teve certo sucesso comercial. Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2013
    8
    The shocking sound of her follow up "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" and the rise of the Pop genre made Alanis lose popularity in the lateThe 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. Full Review »