Jewel's eagerly awaited fifth album sees the multi-platinum singer/songwriter once again expanding her ever-diverse musical palette. Co-produced by Lester Mendez (known for his work with such artists as Enrique Iglesias and Shakira) and Jewel herself, TK features a hypnotic fusion of sounds - melding pop, rock, folk, jazz, and dance with her uniquely personal lyrical style and musical authenticity. Tracks like the smash first single, "Intuition" are inspired by Jewel's burgeoning interest in modern dance beats and textures, while other songs retain the artist's remarkable talent for powerful lyricism and winning melodies. Organic, inventive and altogether extraordinary, 0304 stnads as Jewel's most daring and delightful collection thus far.
Why pick on a girl for taking a chance? After experiencing flagging sales, Jewel has become proactive and given herself a cosmetic and artistic makeover. But 0304
isn't the winsome thrush's first leap into the unknown. Hiring Shakira
producer Lester A. Mendez to give her solemn, folksy songs a pop sheen and some dance beats isn't as radical as starring as a Civil War widow in an Ang Lee film. Besides it's a lot more interesting to hear her squeeze her chaste, malleable soprano around an accordion solo in the futuristic namedropping fable "Intuition" or her voice a beat-driven condemnation of the George W. Bush regime on "America" to see her sashaying on the silver screen in those tight bodices and hoop skirts. Although she has changed the very structure and sound of her songs, Jewel's undeniable talent shines through. She still has a way with words and her voice is remains as pure as an Alaskan stream. --Jaan Uhelszki