Alanis’s goodwill re-up via Fergie’s humps ’n’ lumps lampooning is gonna be a tough act to follow, obviously. But she made us laugh then, so at least we’re interested now. What we have here is a bootleg video captured at the Elevate Film Festival on 9/15, where “Underneath” debuted. A more serious outing, yes, and another contribution to the pool-themed video genre: Most recently there was Rilo Kiley’s wedding-day plunge and Cracker’s diving-board reading list, but this is shot with a more noir night-swimming kinda feel.

Totally decent, if kinda “mature” song — the removed, off-kilter bootleg vibe adds to the whole thing. Just us, though, or is A sounding more and more like the Shakira of “Don’t Bother” … or, wait, maybe Shakira’s swallowed some of Alanis’ jagged little pill? “Underneath” will be included on Alanis’s forthcoming 2008 full-length, which she’s been recording with Guy Sigsworth. He had a few kind things to say about the whole setup. Via Arbiter

We’ve just finished the new Alanis Morissette album. She’s asked us to do a few more tracks – B-sides and exclusives with her. She’s a dream to work with – she’s totally into my sound world. If I make a noise that makes me feel a certain way, I know it’s going to make her feel that way too. I wrote twenty-five songs with her. We recorded thirteen for the album, and we’re doing eight more now. She can write a song so quickly. It’s truly amazing. On one song I opened Reaktor (Akkord), she walked in, said, ’Oh, that’s pretty’, and we started jamming against it. 20 minutes later we had a song.

She sounds great, but we kinda miss the angry ’n’ ironic days. Don’t ya think?

Comments (6)
  1. Tom  |   Posted on Sep 24th, 2007 0

    First to hit it!!

  2. Jimmy James  |   Posted on Sep 24th, 2007 0

    Siggy FTW.

  3. Goon  |   Posted on Sep 24th, 2007 0

    I have to say I actually have a lot of respect for Alanis. While it may not have payed off into better material, she mellowed out in real life and doesnt fake it to try and be relevant and sell more units like so many others do. She’s also apparently a genuinely decent person.

  4. ashrey  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2007 0

    I’ll always love Alanis. I think this is a much better direction than 8 Easy Steps. She isn’t really reinventing herself, but really is growing.

  5. JR  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2007 0

    Is there a fanmail address for Alanis that she actually RECEIVES (and possibly answers??)

  6. cesar  |   Posted on Oct 20th, 2007 0

    alanis sos lo mas idola q hermosa cancion seguro si tus productores te darian mas publicidad volvrias a a ser la diva mas grande la musica pop-rock sos lo masss

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