On August 2003, Warner Music Germany announced that Alanis would have released her next album on February 2004. The rumour was confirmed also by the swiss site (www3.cede.ch) which gave, as release date, February 13th. Some of the new songs titles were already known, like "Spineless", "Everything" and “Out is Though” and some where premiered during the 2003 European Tour, like “So-Called Chaos”, "Excuses" and "Knees of My Bees" (a tribute to Ryan). Fans who attended the “Equality Now” Benefit Concert (September 2003) were told by Scott Welch that the new album should have been out on November 11th, while the first single, most probably "Eight Easy Steps", would have been out in October.
“Under Rug Swept” found her taking the production reins and delivering arguably her most accomplished album up until that point. This time around, Alanis chosed to share the responsibilities behind the board and the results are extremely impressive. She set her free-flowing vocals, luminescent melodies and fervent introspection in a seamless mix of rock, pop, folk, electronic and Eastern stylings.
I had spent a few years rising to my own occasion in terms of wanting to see, out of curiosity, what producing a record on my own would be like. Then once I tasted what that was like, I realized my favorite aspect of making a record was the writing of it.”
She worked on “So-called chaos” with longtime collaborator Tim Thorney and John Shanks. The album got lots of delay and finally was released on May 18th, 2004. For the release, Oxygen "Cable Network" dedicated to her an entire day of programming, following her for eight hours around New York. The first single released was "Everything" (and no more "Eight Easy Steps").
"It's my taking responsibility and busting my own chops at the same time–essentially finding the gifts in all the struggles that I've been through. Until I found the gifts of my struggles, I would still be stuck in that resentful place, that victim place. But as soon as I found the good that came of those circumstances, I could actually enjoy them for what they were, and bless them as opposed to feeling wounded by them for the rest of my life. The song is my way of looking at it all objectively, and then also just making fun of myself."
"with a little resignation on my part. I can conceptually and intellectually say I'm up for the really courageous work that it takes to make a romantic relationship work. And at the same time I would often find myself sabotaging things and creating a relationship's end, while thinking that it was circumstantial. Really it was just part of me that wasn?t really ready myself. This song is my way of saying I'm ready to actually walk my walk now."
"me bringing into the light certain negative and unconscious thoughts that were running my life. I think that's one of the biggest responsibility-taking songs. And it's also potentially one of the most embarrassing songs too, because it's pretty transparent in terms of some of the uglier thoughts that were really driving the car for a while."
Far more pleasant and romantic thoughts pervade "Knees of My Bees", a lovely and playful love song.
"I wanted to find a way to express how infatuated and how in love with my boyfriend I was. The title was something I actually said to him several times in conversation–"You make the knees of my bees weak". So that line is very precious to me."
Another lyricist might simply call their beloved "the bee's knees", but characteristically, Morissette finds a way to make the language of love feel fresh.
"I think part of the reason I like playing with phrases is because the English language bores me a little bit. Obviously, everything has been said before backwards and forwards millions of times, so I want to play with it in the same way that someone would play with paints."