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on November 20, 2010
Pros: Thought-provoking, reflective lyrics; Just the right amount of twang

Cons: Some weak tracks.

Bottom-Line: Jewel is to the 30 and 40-somethng what Taylor Swift is to the tween, but Jewel sounds more convincing.

It is strange aside that I have been a (on again, off again) fan of Jewel Kilcher the self-described "blond bombshell" from the nation's oft-forgotten 49th state, since she released her first album Pieces of You (1995), but this will constitute my second review of one of her offerings. In this case the album is her latest release Perfectly Clear in which Jewel strays--if only minutely--from her folk roots and tosses her lot in with a new independent label based in Nashville, TN. And she has signed a multi-album deal with the concern to turn our C&W albums; Perfectly Clear is the first in the deal.

Listen closely, and I did, and you will be hard pressed to distinguish the songs offered up on this CD and Jewel's past offerings like Pieces of You, and Goodbye Alice in Wonderland. Other than the occasional flourish of the steel guitar and the staple twang of the banjo, Perfectly Clear could be called vintage Jewel material. This is helped along by the fact that she wrote or co-wrote all but one of the tracks on the album, and her heart and soul have not strayed and neither has her material.

Out of all the artists (Bon Jovi, Joan Osborne, Darius Rucker, and most famously, or should I say notoriously, Jessica Simpson) that have made the leap to C&W over the last five years, Jewel tiny step is the most authentic. After all, she has recorded most of her album in Nashville, spends a lot of time therein, and lives with a real live cowboy in Texas! So her fans, including this one, will find her new genre easy to embrace, and C&W listeners will hopefully welcome her in like an old friend. As the last note is played I found that Perfectly Clear works pretty well both as a Jewel album and an example of contemporary country.

From the lyrical perspective what stands out is the way Jewel has tailored her songwriting to the genre's contemporary standards. The result is some of the cleanest, least personal writing of her career. Track No. 1 Stronger Woman is a perfect example of the kind of song that would feel right home on a Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood album. The track is at once vintage Jewel, but fits perfectly into the adult contemporary C&W scene.

Even if it doesn't sound more like a country album than any of her previous work, the best tracks on Perfectly Clear do show an awareness of the country genre that in fact give Jewel a more distinctive sound than many of her contemporaries on country music radio dial (think Jennifer Nettles, fellow songwriter Taylor Swift, and fellow blond bombshell Carrie Underwood).

As Jewel continues to refine her craft and perhaps works with a wider swath of producers, there is every reason to expect that she will actually record something akin to Bluegrass one day; hello Alison Krauss are you reading this?

Vocally Jewels voice is well suited to C&W, though some may differ. Her voice has always had that lilting quality and soulful tenor that lends itself to emotive riffing.

Thought not an overwhelming commercial success, overall Perfectly Clear is a mature collection of original country-inspired songs that represent an artist who now sees life through the eyes of an adult. Jewel is to the 30 and 40-somethng what Taylor Swift is to the tween, but Jewel sounds more convincing. Jewel's eyes are sometimes cynical--as are all adult eyes--but they also sparkle with hopeful beauty.
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VINE VOICEon November 28, 2015
I'm not generally a big fan of Jewel (though I do admire her as a very creative and intelligent artist), but I love her takes on country. Here her voice reminds me a little of Dolly Parton or Tammy Wynette (you can't do much better than that), while her songwriting is top-notch. If you're on the fence about Jewel as a singer/songwriter, give this one a try.
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on October 20, 2016
Beautiful voice, singer/songwriter. Storyteller. Inspiring. Mother, lover, wife, woman. She travels through this country-esque album sharing fun ditties and classic ballads with a touch of yodel (Cowboy Waltz - gorgeous). Another great album to add to the collection,
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on July 9, 2008
First of all, I have been a huge fan of Jewel's since she emerged in the 1990's. I do not dislike Perfectly Clear, but I am not sure that I agree with the labeling of this album as country. While there are a few songs that are obviously influenced by country music, they are a few others that are folk-based songs not unlike those that have been recorded by Jewel in the past. All in all, I was expecting something different, something uniquely country. While I still enjoyed Jewel's folk sound, her unique and conversational lyrics, and her beautiful voice, this album left me puzzled by its labeling as a country record.
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on February 2, 2014
11 tracks- Like the Jewel Sound, music on "Pieces of You" & M.O.M. Vol. 1 (Music For Mother Ocean) Mixed but had Jewel on "Quiet Warrior". "Perfectly Clear" is a good CD, will buy more like that. She is a good singer, I follow her on my Twitter account, recommend her music, would love to hear her in a quiet venue. Worth buying. -30-
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on January 23, 2017
Have not heard of her before but I like how she sounds
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on December 25, 2011
As advertised, received quickly. I would order from again. Thanks! As advertised, received quickly. I would order from again. Thanks!
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on January 25, 2014
Jewel has a little different style than my other usual favorites...but I love her voice & this album so much! As in most albums, there is usually at least 2-3 songs I just don't like, but I can't really say that I dislike any of these songs at all!!! Great album!
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on March 29, 2013
Seen the Queen of vocals and a master of using bass strings while strumming the git, Her communication with the audience is down home, asking qu's that people want to know about her, and then doing a great show! If you don't at least have one of her CD's, gosh, please take yer time to git one.
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on July 27, 2016
Like her voice and her original song writing.
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