Music: When Words Collide

A rock megastar's third release doesn't quite rock, but she may have a second career as a therapist

Alanis Morissette loves the vocabulary of pop psychology. Or, to steal a phrase from You Owe Me Nothing in Return, a track on her upcoming album, Under Rug Swept (Maverick), she gives it "countless amounts of outright acceptance."

That's good because such relationship-speak allows Morissette, 27, to be specific. On her third album as a rock singer-songwriter (she released two as a teen popstress), she tells her men precisely which behaviors please her, which irk her and which of her demands are nonnegotiable. On the song Surrendering, she sings, "I embrace you for your faith in the face of adversarial...

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