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Pieces of You
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, reveals a special voice--strong and focused on both the whispery verses and the hooky choruses. The recording also exposes an unfortunate tendency to present trite, hackneyed sentiments ... more »
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Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, reveals a special voice--strong and focused on both the whispery verses and the hooky choruses. The recording also exposes an unfortunate tendency to present trite, hackneyed sentiments as if they were oracular visions from a young prophet to a jaded world. For the most part, Jewel sings to her own acoustic guitar accompaniment, but she has a lot more in common with, say, the Indigo Girls or Lisa Loeb than with Judy Collins or Nanci Griffith. Despite her soft soprano and pretty melodies, her songs have an iconoclastic edge which make her more of an unplugged alternative rocker than a folkie. Her songs too often betray their origins as written verse in their hard-to-sing meters, unmusical phrasing, and diary-like pronouncements. Nonetheless, a few numbers, such as "Morning Song" and "You Were Meant for Me," show a spark of humor about romance, and hint that Jewel may yet write songs worthy of her remarkable voice. --Geoffrey Himes
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Katcha S. (Jain) from FORT JONES, CA
Reviewed on 11/18/2010...
Too much 'little girl' voice for my appreciation. But if that is what you like - this album is it!
Elizabeth P. (elizabethplaid) from COLUMBIA FLS, ME
Reviewed on 10/28/2009...
I bought this originally in 1997 and fell in love with it. My favorite tracks on the album have changed, but the constant is that I've never liked the song "Painters". Over time, after listening to my first copy so many times, the disc got so scratched that it wouldn't play. SwapaCD helped me replace my old copy and bring back so many happy memories.
I was sad that Jewel changed her style after this album, but her deep, husky, sensual vocals have always kept my attention on this cd; they keep me coming back for more. Certainly some very intense lyrics, some of which presented in a light tone ("I'm Sensitive"). I put her in the "angsty chick" musicians category that rocked the mid to late 90s, who helped me fall in love with music, such as Paula Cole and Alanis Morissette.
Michelle S. (Chelly10s) from W HOLLYWOOD, CA
Reviewed on 4/2/2009...
Excellent CD. Showcases raw talent. Unpolished and simple, but that's what makes it great.
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Aileen R. (aileen) from N HOLLYWOOD, CA
Reviewed on 8/15/2008...
I have owned this CD since it was released several years ago. This is an excellent example of how powerful a minimalistic style of music can be. Jewel's debut CD ranks up there with the works of Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan's,matching their drive and angst that allows them to create music that is a pure art form. -Rae Atkinson (Amazon.com)
Marvin Cotney | jackson ,Wy | 08/16/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I alway's had a problem with this CD, some songs released on this cd are different versions than the song's played on the radio ( the radio versions are better)."
Mixed Feelings Here
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Some of the songs here have great lyrics with a lot of depth and emotion, but others sound like she was trying way too hard to put emotion into her voice. I was also disappointed that "Foolish Games" on this is a bad live version instead of the way better radio version. "You were meant for me isn't the right version either. This CD basically reminds me of a high schooler trying hard to sound grown up and worldly."