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Goodbye Alice in Wonderland

JewelAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Again And Again
2. Long Slow Slide
3. Goodbye Alice In Wonderland
4. Good Day
5. Satellite
6. Only One Too
7. Words Get In The Way
8. Drive To You
9. Last Dance Rodeo
10. Fragile Heart
11. Stephenville, TX
12. Where You Are
13. 1000 Miles Away

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Product Description

Jewel is about to deliver her most personal and autobiographical record so far - Goodbye Alice In Wonderland. Not content to relegate herself to a traditional music arena, or to be typecast, Jewel has established herself as a culturally significant and relevant brand. Author, songwriter, actress, poet-there are no limits to how Jewel can and will deliver her message. The underlining truth that ties it all together is the integrity of that message.

The word "confessional" is frequently applied to folk of all stripes, including folk-rock and folk-pop, which is where Jewel comes in. Even within the bounds of folk, however, her music is more nakedly confessional than most. (Too nakedly, some have carped.) Along with a coterie of Nashville pros, she began her latest musical journey by laying down another introspective song cycle in the vein of 1995's Pieces of You. Dissatisfied with the results, the Texas-based artist scrapped that effort and re-recorded with Rob Cavallo (Green Day). This lends her sixth album the expected rock edge, but Jewel hasn't changed her spots. If anything, she sounds more like, well, Jewel than she did on dance-oriented departure 0304. She’s still pop star ("Fragile Heart"), sensitive folkie ("Long Slow Slide"), and scrappy country gal ("Stephenville, TX"). Her Joni Mitchell-esque soprano soars as high as ever, with more of a sardonic Dylan chaser than before. What's changed is that maturity has granted Jewel, now in her early 30s, greater perspective--"Growing up is not an absence of dreaming," she states in the title track--and a sense of humor missing from her more earnest early work. On "Satellite," for instance, written when she was 18, but revamped since, she notes that "the Pope," "rock and roll," "Valium," even "Miss Cleo" can't fix her broken heart. In her statement about the album, Jewel claims that, after years of ups and downs, she's "not broken, just more myself." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up May 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I actually got this album today and it's extraordinary. As I expected.

Jewel is fascinating. Most artists today makes one great album, and then fails with the follow-up, because it sounds too much or too little like the debut album. But not Jewel. Each of her 6 albums has its very own sound that makes Jewel interesting, but still, there's something I can't quite put my finger on, that makes the listener recognize Jewel's spirit in each song. Sometimes she also displays a very strange sense of humor that's simply irresistable.

Now for Goodbye Alice in Wonderland. I love it, each and every song. The title track is very special to me, because I can relate to the "journey" she describes. Only One Too sounds like it could have been performed by one of those rude 20th-century-girl-groups. Fragile Heart was actually one of my least favourite tracks on 0304, but this version is much better.

Basically, this album is romantic, but it definitely has up-tempo songs. I'm also amazed by her voice, or should I say voices, because she has a wide range of nuances that she uses very skillfully. She has differed between these nuances earlier, but not within songs the same way that she does in this album. Again and Again is an example in which this is more obvious.

This album is worth every cent many times over, my favourite buy this year, and possibly this century.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Turning Point in Jewel's Career September 26, 2006
By Shannon
Format:Audio CD
I have had a long musical relationship with Jewel. I feel like she's been a part of my life forever. That's not the reality, but it is true that she is very much responsible for getting me into music. I'm a college student now and music is a huge part of my life. Everything from the Beatles to the Clash to Tori Amos is beautiful and timeless to my ears and I will continue to nurse my addiction to CDs for the rest of my life. None of this would be true if it weren't for Jewel.

I grew up liking music pretty much the same amount that any little kid does. When I was very young, I used to love to sing along with Raffi songs (like "Baby Beluga" and "Apples and Bananas"). I have great childhood memories of riding in the car while my parents listened to the Allman Brothers Band. My first musical obsession was, rather unfortunately, the Spice Girls. My father, bless his heart, even took me to see them in concert. However, I didn't really start to love and NEED music in my life until I discovered Jewel. It wasn't "Pieces of You" that did it for me. I was way too young when it came out to be a fan. I was introduced to Jewel by listening to "Spirit." I bought it on a whim one day in Seattle and I listened to it on the car as we drove home. It was like nothing I had ever heard before.

That album-"Spirit"- pretty much got me through middle school. I have internalized it like you wouldn't believe. I know every note of that thing. I listened to it when things were going well for me and I listened to it when I was having a hard time. It was my emotional oasis. I went on to buy "Pieces of You" and realized I was very familiar with the singles off of it and didn't even know it. I bought "This Way" and "0304" the days they came out.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jewel's reflections shine May 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Quite a change from 2003’s “0304”, this sixth album from Jewel slows down the pace considerably, mixing pop, folk and a generous helping of country. There’s a lot of music here for your money, running nearly an hour, with three tracks that are more than five minutes long.

First single “Again and Again” is a standard pop ballad, but done Jewel-style with that little yodel. You’ll love the lyrics of this one, and probably play it again and again and again:

“But you, you're always on my mind.

It's like this all the time.

Say it's cause you're mine

All mine...”

Second track “Long Slow Slide” is just as the title implies, a long, slow, touching country-style ballad, and is followed by the title track, which is more folk-oriented, but with a lot of personal reflection. The chorus of “Good Day” is one you can almost hear Melissa Etheridge singing, and “Satellite” sounds more like a Shawn Mullins song.

One of the best tracks is “Only One Too”, with its excellent chorus, and then comes “Words Get in the Way”, another good song with country roots. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but “Drive To You” reminds me a lot of “I Drove All Night”, and this one is another attention-getting track.

“Last Dance Rodeo” is, as you may have guessed, a full fledged country song, and the longest on the album at just over 6 minutes – too slow and too long for my taste. If you’re in the mood for more slow music, stay tuned for “Fragile Heart” which sounds more like vintage Jewel and the folk-country auto-biographical “Stephenville, TX”.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Alice' Brings Jewel Back to Her Roots June 4, 2006
By Adam
Format:Audio CD
Jewel's career has touted many different faces, themes, and sounds for its singer/songwriter. I've been listening to her since she burst out when I was a wee 4 years old (no joke) and I've never parted ways with her.

There's something about her that gets me everytime. Not to mention, I own all of her albums. Each of them has some quality that seperates it from its predecessors and followers. "Pieces of You", the unbeaten debut album, was filled with introspection, and was recorded very raw. Her Sophomore album "Spirit" was dark, but filled with religious symbolism. There was the Christmas album "Joy" and in 2001, we saw the arrival of "This Way", her most country-style outing to date.

Then "0304" came out. Jewel fans ran away screaming when they saw the gorgeous blonde shaking her rump in the "Intuition" video, but I gave it a shot. Oddly enough, the album is just as great as all of her other works. It's just very up-beat. You can dance to it, but it's still Jewel at its core.

And then she came back with this. I bought "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland" the day it came out and it hasn't left my cd player since. In the liner notes of the album, Jewel writes "This is my most personal work since Pieces of you", and it shows.

The album showcases a woman who has grown significantly and isn't afraid to reveal herself to her listeners.

The lead single and album opener "Again and Again" was co-written by rock super-producer John Shanks (Ashlee Simpson, Michelle Branch) and is very different from the rest of the album in its pop sensibilities. It's a pretty obvious song. "you're always on my mind, it's like this all the time". A good love song, but a bit uninspired. Still beautiful, though.
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excelent product!!!
Published 2 months ago by BARBARA FERNANDEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent CD by Jewel!
This is an excellent CD by Jewel. Some really nice, heartfelt lyrics. I highly recommend this CD for older and newer Jewel fans!
Published 12 months ago by CD music collector
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for her
I bought this for my fiancé before we got married and she absolutely loved the gift. Excellent product for a gift choice for someone who loves Jewel's stuff.
Published 16 months ago by Sidewinder886
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll listen to Jewel "Again and Again".
The ever prolific chanteusse puts out another mature, festive, wonderful CD. While my current favorite Jewel CD is "This Way" "Goodbye Alice In Wonderland" is like a warm and... Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars
Coming off of the polarizing 0304, Jewel decided to record the intensely personal Goodbye Alice in Wonderland. Read more
Published on April 3, 2011 by Lori A. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible - Jewel further establishes herself as one of the Greatest...
I've owned this album since it came out in 2006. After 5 years of listening to it, I'm able to review it more precisly now that I've gotten to know each song better and enjoyed and... Read more
Published on March 9, 2011 by Jet
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Alice in Wonderland
'Goodbye Alice In Wonderland' is thankfully a return to form for Jewel. Her last album '0304', which I found to be a disappointment after the poetry and feeling in her past albums,... Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by Spider Monkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Jewel Comes of Age
Bottom-Line: Overall Goodbye Alice in Wonderland is a mature collection of folk-inspired songs that represent an artist who now sees life through the eyes of an adult. Read more
Published on December 1, 2010 by Vincent E. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best, for sure!
First let me say that I'm a 32 year old STRAIGHT male, lol. I love Jewel's voice a lot, and man she's pretty... Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by Beau
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