It takes a rare artist to transform a hodgepodge of ingredients into a pièce-de-résistance, but like an artful chef, upstart pop star Alanis Morissette is clever enough to pull it off. Not quite a greatest hits and not quite a sweeping archive, the two-disc Feast on Scraps
assembles live material, outtakes, and, on its DVD component, plenty of peeks behind Alanis's public persona. The first disc is a short-but-sweet collection of nine tunes that were recorded alongside those on Under Rug Swept
, and while it's clear why she initially marked these as outtakes, highlights abound. The snarling "Sister Blister," for instance, wouldn't have made sense on Under Rug Swept,
but here its stark candor and guitar assault work perfectly. The gently wafting folk trifle "Offer" is a 180-degree turn from that stance, but again, Morissette's lilting delivery holds things together beautifully. Likewise, an acoustic rendering of her hit "Hands Clean" reaches its mark. The DVD sprinkles behind-the-scenes moments -- including a telling interlude in which the singer collapses emotionally while writing "Surrendering" -- amid a series of strong live performances of songs both well-known ("Ironic," "Thank U") and thankfully unearthed ("Unprodigal Daughter," the "Purgatorying" trilogy). Consider it a moveable -- and often moving -- feast.