“I like the idea of him ’speaking’ to me from the past and my responding from the present. 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 that I have, at times, a more challenging time accessing outside of the songwriting and artistic process.“
She previewed material from the self-written and produced "Under Rug Swept" when she performed her first-ever show at the Whisky in Los Angeles — to a crowd that included Russell Crowe, Matthew Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Sophie B. Hawkins and Sheila E — for a webcast that kicked off MSN Music’s All Access concert series February 18th 2002. Meanwhile, Alanis — who was AOL’s “Artist of the Month” for February — had received more than one million total streams to date for her “Hands Clean” audio and Francis Lawrence-directed video on AOL Music. In the first week alone, the audio of the song received over 525,000 streams.
In a review of “Hands Clean”, Larry Flick of Billboard said:
“Alanis Morissette ushers in the imminent “Under Rug Swept” with a track that comfortably lands somewhere between the singles from 1995’s edgy Jagged Little Pill and 1998’s darkly poetic “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie”. The result is a hit-bound single with palpable confidence and vibrance, in which she performs with equal parts aggressive intensity and playful sensuality… Morissette has mastered the art of wrapping rich plot and interesting language within a taut melody and a concise chorus that sticks to the brain upon impact.“
“The main reason at this point in my life to share my introspections is to offer any sort of validation or comfort to anyone who could possibly even want to take me up on it. That sense of unification is the deepest desire of my soul.“
After her album swept the worldwide charts with 12 #1 debuts including the U.S., Alanis announced the North American dates for her world tour, set to begin May 1st 2002 in San Diego. Called “her most musically confident release yet” by Matt Diehl in Elle (march 2002), "Under Rug Swept" had already sold three million copies worldwide on april 2002, reaching the Top 10 in 29 countries.
Alanis invited one of her favorite artists, Ryan Adams, to join her on the road through May 18th in Houston.
Meanwhile, Alanis — who performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Thursday, April 4), the Late Show with Conan O’Brien (Friday, April 12) and the CBS Early Show (Friday, April 12) — filmed a video in Los Angeles for her forthcoming single “Precious Illusions” with director Francis Lawrence. Shipping to radio mid-May, the melodically soaring, guitar-driven song is highlighted by the lyric: “I want to decide between survival and bliss”. Alanis explains:
“Basically, I’m talking about the difference between really being alive and really embracing the reason why I feel like I’m here on this earth versus my just being asleep and sleep walking and accepting the status quo and accepting somewhat of a suffering mentality to being here. It really is my responsibility to distinguish the difference between the two and choose which one I want.“
While one side of the split screen uses brilliant colors and renaissance costumes to represent the perfect “knight in shining armor” fantasy relationship, the other takes a more candid approach, incorporating raw lighting and hand held cameras to show the realistic perspective. “Precious Illusions” video is available in three different versions. Before filming the double-story version (illusion and reality mixed in one), Alanis released a first version, the result of a collage of videoclips previewed on her official site and known, among her fans, (for this reason) as the scrapbook version. Personally, that’s the version i prefer.