An Alanis Morissette album is a lot like Lenoir Dining Hall's sushi.
Just as there's something disturbing about the idea of Lenoir preparing raw fish, there's also something off-putting about listening to Morissette yodel her most intimate secrets.
But once you acquire the taste for them, you start to crave their distinctive flavor.
"Under Rug Swept," however, finds Morissette taming some of her characteristic vocal spiciness for a glossier approach to relationship therapy.
Men and their hesitant approach to commitment are still the source of most of her rants.
But where Morissette once laid all the blame on her ex-boyfriends, she now admits her faults as reason for relationship woes. Tracks like "So Unsexy" and "Flinch" reveal a newfound confidence and understanding of her past involvements with men.
Musically, the album is a hybrid of the sharp song styles of "Jagged Little Pill," and the twisted lyrical-syntax of "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie."