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Working with top-shelf songwriters such as Nashville's Brett James and frequent Taylor Swift collaborator Liz Rose, Jewel returns with a batch of introspective, acoustic-driven songs that are at once languid and free-spirited, with fiercely focused themes. Two Jewel/Dave Berg collaborations are must-listens: "Ten" finds her thinking twice (or 10 times) before leaving after a nasty falling-out with a significant other, while the wistful, poetic "What You Are" looks frankly at self-esteem issues in lines such as I give love to others / But I give myself hell. The softly romantic "Summer Home in Your Arms" recalls her hit "You Were Meant for Me" with its acoustic guitar backing and poetic lyrics. "Stay Here Forever" (from the movie Valentine's Day) is a sweet, jingly tune, while the ballad "Satisfied" imparts wisdom with heartfelt emotion. Though her classy, docile voice may be overshadowed by more theatrical singers in country music, Jewel's gems neatly toe the line between art and commerce. -- Country Weekly, June 25, 2010
It's been a couple of years since Jewel made her leap to country music (or did country leap over to her?) with the excellent "Stronger Woman," and she returns with her second album for Valory Music. To my ears, I think she has gotten even better on this disc. Her vocals may very well might be even more expressive than before and, considering her body of work, that's a huge statement.
The set starts off with the fun sounding "No Good in Goodbye," and segues into some really inviting sounds throughout. "I Love You Forever" is one such cut that just sounds great, and it is the perfect blend of country and pop.
She's put together quite an amazing package--one that mixes breezy fun with some very meaningful ballads. "What You Are" is one of these, and her current single "Satisfied," is another. The latter might very well be her defining moment vocal performance. It is nothing short of passion and power at its' finest. With the right breaks, I think that the song could firmly establish her as a country superstar. Some stars have made the jump to country, and you have to wonder about their sincerity concerning the new format. After listening to her first two albums for Scott Borchetta and Valory, I am convinced that Jewel is not one of those! -- Chuck Dauphin, June 29, 2010
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I highly recommend getting the deluxe edition Sweet and Wild [Deluxe Edition] [2 CD] of this album. It will please those early Jewel fans because it has a second CD (titled Sweet and Mild) which has the entire album in Acoustic just like old school Pieces of You Jewel. Both versions are beautiful, but the acoustic version gives a whole new life to the music. I highly suggest getting this amazing and beautiful album from this amazing artist known as Jewel.
The day Sweet and Wild came out, my grandmother and I went straight out to get it and listen to it on the way home (a tradition of ours by now, seeing as Jewel is one of the few artists both of us love).
As soon as the first track started, I was glad to have bought it. By the fourth, I was in love. My grandma was too. And we had to play Bad as it Gets three times, just to hear her voice on that song.
Sweet and Wild is the best thing Jewel has done in years, in my opinion. It's not really a return to anything though, which is what a lot of her fans have been hoping for in the past few years. It's a giant leap forward. It's possibly the best thing she's done yet.
No Good in Goodbye - 5/5
I Love You Forever - 4/5
Fading - 3.5/5 (takes a while to grow on you though)
What You Are - 5/5
Bad as it Gets - 5/5 (her voice makes up for what the lyrics are lacking)
Summer Home in Your Arms - 4/5
Stay Here Forever - 4/5 (i thought i hated it at first, but it grew on me)
No More Heartaches - 3/5
One True Thing - 5/5
Ten - 5/5
Satisfied - 4/5
Hoary three-act structure? Check. Deathbed morbidity? Check. Mention Wal-Mart? Check! The only thing missing (mercifully) is a white trash revenge anthem.
So often writing is the highlight of her songs, one almost overlooks the fact that Jewel is - I'll say it - one of the great vocalists, as effortless with breathy intimacy as she is with Janis Joplin soul thrashing. Her classical voice on "Gloria" (a song she also penned) from 2009's "Lullaby" was nothing short of sublime. Consider her covers of "Over the Rainbow" and "Have a Little Faith In Me" and she proves to be just as remarkable a song stylist.
That said, the voice is the highlight on "Sweet and Wild" as most of the writing seems impersonal. The songs that did register with me were the four that were credited to Jewel alone (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8). Those possessed a gravity and a context the collaborations lacked.
I won't spoil your discovery of track 3, but it's evidence that Jewel is working on a different level. As Alan Moore can take a standard comic book convention and elevate it, she does so with one of those aforementioned country radio clichés. I don't know if what she sang about is a true story, but all the credit to her for making me believe it was.
"Sweet" is the word for this album as a whole; a premium confection, but a confection nonetheless. Re-playable, her voice shines throughout and there are some catchy melodies on her collaborations - as good or better as anything on the air.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose 5 stars because this is a grat cd.
Jewel is a great singer.
I would recommed this to anyone.
I am a huge fan of Jewel, and she just gets better and better! This is a great album, even if you are not a country fan!Published on August 14, 2013 by Patricia A. Hamm
Always been a fan of Jewel since she came out with her very first Album, so not stopping now. Jewel keep writing and singing girl.Published on January 24, 2013 by W. David Sapp
I've been a fan of Jewel for nearly 15 years and she has never disappointed me. This album is wonderful. I could listen to her all day, and night.Published on December 6, 2012 by Addrienne
I got the whole album because it is really good. My favorite songs here are: Ten, Satisfied, Stay Here Forever.Published on August 9, 2012 by naomifab