A leader in showing other musicians how Internet audio technology could help promote their music, that year Morissette permitted fans to download from her Web site the free, unreleased song “Your House”. The song was digitally coded to be destroyed 30 days after downloading.
In the meantime, Alanis won two Grammy Awards for her self-written song “Uninvited” from the “City of Angels” soundtrack: “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance” and “Best Rock Song.”
In October 1999, Alanis took home the “Best Director” honor at Canada’s MuchMusic Video Awards for her work on “Unsent”, a probing look at past relationships that marked the second release from her “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie“ album, which had sold over seven million copies worldwide. This was the third video Alanis had solely directed in her career (she did the same honors for “So Pure” and “Joining You” from the latest album). For “Unsent”, Alanis directed, scripted the dialog — which is expressed in sub-titles that run throughout the video — and casted the actors as well. This directorial honor followed the Grammy Award she took home in 1998 for “Best Video - Long Form” for her "Jagged Little Pill, Live" home video, which she co-directed with Steve Purcell.
“Just when it seemed that this mostly acoustic series had run dry, Morissette jump-starts it with a marvelous performance that finds her rethinking her songs rather than just replaying them…the real treats are a stripped-down treatment of ‘Uninvited’ and a lovely, heartwarming version of ‘That I Would Be Good,’ a tale of self-affirmation from last year’s Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie…”
Robert Hilburn, LOS ANGELES TIMES, November 21, 1999
“'I’ll always be Queen of Pain,’ she sings on a cover of ‘King of Pain.’ Hardly. This lovely set–with three new songs–proves she’s into communion, not conflict. Even her phrasing is gentler.”
Jeff Giles, NEWSWEEK, November 22, 1999 (four stars)
“…it’s a solid set of songs produced by Morissette herself, including at least two of special note: the previously unreleased and entirely worthwhile ‘No Pressure Over Cappucino’ and a folksy cover of the Police’s ‘King of Pain.’…singles like ‘You Oughta Know’ and ‘Ironic’ fare well here. Backed by a stately piano and strings, the singer adds a degree of sophistication to the former and mournful eloquence to the latter.”
Aidin Vaziri, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, November 21, 1999
“…she offers three new ones (all solid) and a potent version of the Police’s ‘King of Pain.’”
Ben Wener, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, November 19, 1999
“…Morissette is a compelling live performer–exuding intelligence, warmth, and a quirky combo of passion and Zen calm. She draws on these, and the gentler acoustic setting, for a powerful finish that includes ‘Uninvited,’ a tender cover of the Police’s ‘King of Pain,’ and her breakout megahit ‘You Oughta Know,’ which builds to impassioned, jilted-lover anthem.”
Beth Johnson, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, November 26, 1999