The leftover songs from Alanis Morissette's latest recording sessions won't be swept under the rug. They won't be Under Rug Swept (the title of her upcoming LP) either, but they will appear on a follow-up album.
Eleven of the 25 songs the Canadian singer recorded this year will be released February 26 on Under Rug Swept, while several of the remaining 14 will appear on an as-yet-untitled record later in 2002, according to her spokesperson. A release date and track list have not been determined.
Under Rug Swept, the follow-up to 1998's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, marks the first time Morissette has written and recorded an album without the help of Glen Ballard, or any producer for that matter. She did, however, recruit several musicians to play on the record, including singer/bassist MeShell Ndegéocello, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo and former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery.
The album's first single, "Hands Clean," will be released in mid-January, the spokesperson said. The video, directed by Francis Lawrence (Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson) in Los Angeles, stars several Morissette fans acting in various roles (see "Alanis Morissette Wants You For Her New Video").
"Hands Clean" examines how the effects of a past relationship linger. Its verses are written from the viewpoint of the song's male protagonist, while the chorus and bridge are written from Morissette's perspective.
"I like the idea of him 'speaking' to me from the past and my responding from the present," Morissette explained in a statement. "It was really healing and empowering for me to be able to have that virtual dialogue. My songs often inspire me to be more courageous and authentic in my day-to-day life as the process of writing a song leads to a clarity and courage."
Under Rug Swept, like the singer's past recordings, blends ballads ("Flinch," "That Particular Time") with more guitar-heavy tunes ("21 Things I Want in a Lover," "Narcissus").
Morissette will launch a national tour in conjunction with the release of Under Rug Swept,her spokesperson said. No dates have been announced.
The singer was honored in New York on Tuesday by the Friends of the United Nations with a Global Tolerance Award for outstanding contributions to promote tolerance.