2010 album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Jewel is maintaining her Country roots as she returns to the format with Sweet and Wild. "The theme of this album is finding what's true about you and your life, and defending it and valuing it above all else," said Jewel. "My newest Country album will share so many of my personal feelings of love and happiness that I have written into the songs,"
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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