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Pieces of You

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Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, reveals a special voice--strong and focused on both the whispery verses and the hooky choruses. The recording also exposes an unfortunate tendency to present trite, hackneyed sentiments as if they were oracular visions from a young prophet to a jaded world. For the most part, Jewel sings to her own acoustic guitar accompaniment, but she has a lot more in common with, say, the Indigo Girls or Lisa Loeb than with Judy Collins or Nanci Griffith. Despite her soft soprano and pretty melodies, her songs have an iconoclastic edge which make her more of an unplugged alternative rocker than a folkie. Her songs too often betray their origins as written verse in their hard-to-sing meters, unmusical phrasing, and diary-like pronouncements. Nonetheless, a few numbers, such as "Morning Song" and "You Were Meant for Me," show a spark of humor about romance, and hint that Jewel may yet write songs worthy of her remarkable voice. --Geoffrey Himes
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: February 28, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have owned this CD since it was released several years ago. This is an excellent example of how powerful a minimalistic style of music can be. Jewel's debut CD ranks up there with the works of Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan's,matching their drive and angst that allows them to create music that is a pure art form.

I was sorry to see Jewel become more pop with her following releases. I wish she would have followed more in the direction she was trying to go in in "Pieces of You." Her simple style music accompanied with her enchanting voice was a delight to the ears, as well as the soul. Her songs, like Tori Amos's touched on many different important subjects such as poverty, abuse, friendships, drug abuse, prejudice, love, and death.

This CD belongs in any collection of people who enjoy poetic lyrics with a strong message and a purist style of music. Jewel wrote all these songs herself and this album was recorded in a coffee shop in California. It has depth and loads of talent. I just love how simplistic music meshes so well with her breathy vocals and strong lyrics. This CD gets Five stars from me. It is excellent!
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Years now since I first heard the opening track, but still I remember the thrill I felt at its soaring, apostolic tone and its stunningly relevant lyrics about keeping oneself rooted amid the shallow bustle of life. That Jewel was so young when she wrote and performed that masterpiece speaks even today of the power of her talent and creativity.

And that the rest of the cd almost is as good still amazes me. "Pieces of You" and "Near You Always" are wonderful songs that will sneak right into your heart. But there are others, like "Foolish Games", with its heartbreaking, terribly accurate depiction of grief, love, and loss, "I'm Sensitive", with its anthem to hope and the heart, and "You Were Meant For Me", which is as breathtaking, powerful, and raw a musical expression of loss and love as any I ever have heard, that simply climb from the marvelous and into the sublime.

Pieces of You may be the most original, deep, and powerful expression of American music since, perhaps, Blue, by Joni Mitchell.

I rarely praise anything this much, but this is simply a great cd in every sense of the word. If, somehow, you've reached this point, almost inconceivably to me, without knowing of its power and richness, I'm delighted for you, because the music on what should become your newest discovery is such that, once you've heard it, you never will forget.
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This is a beautiful CD and by far in my opinion the best album ever in a rock genre, and is overall great music compared to any genre. I remember getting this album for my 12th birthday in the summer of 1997 close to when it came out. It still doesn't seem that long ago, really. This album is so good, that no matter how good Jewel's subsequent albums are, this one will always be my favorite. I take this CD everywhere I travel. "Who Will Save Your Soul" is my favorite track and by coincidence her first single. I love it so much and it puts me in a bright-spirited mood at any time of the year, and it'll feel like it's summer again! LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! Don't let this one song fool you, because it isn't relevent to the rest of the album. The rest of the album is just as good, but more mellow, folky and alternative with her acoustic guitar as the main instrument. (Play that thang, girl!) But just with her guitar and vocals, she can pass any song as good. But because these songs are too mellow for pop radio, "You Were Meant For Me" and "Foolish Games" (a piano song, not guitar) had to be rerecorded. The "You Were Meant For Me" radio version is better than the album one, but with "Foolish Games" vice-versa. Jewel is a musical genius: her pretty, sweet, and wide-range vocals, her instrument-playing, and especially her songwriting. (Not to mention other fields like bookwriter, artist and actress) Her lyrics are complex and poetic many times telling stories, yet at the same time I can relate to what she's saying, especially in "I'm Sensitive". "Pieces Of You" (the title track) promotes a clear and obvious anti-discrimmination message. I'll have you know that the songs "Little Sister" and "Daddy" are NOT biographical, Jewel doesn't even have a sister!Read more ›
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A Kid's Review on May 13, 2006
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I am 12, and I have a copies of all of Jewel's album, minus the Christmas one, which I have no interest in buying. Jewel is not my favorite artist-Tori Amos is-but she is one of them, about equal on my favorites list with Alicia Keys. If you think that the likes of Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan are the best you can get from teen singers, you haven't heard Jewel. Some voices get better with age, but Jewel's was at her prime when she was nineteen. In my opinion, Pieces of You's best track is the title song, which is not asimilar to Fat Boy, off of Spirit, Jewel's sophomore release. Jewel's guitar playing is dark, and her voice is crystalline. It has great lyrics. Daddy is another lyrically brilliant song, this time about white supremacists. Sampling: "'Cause I'm your creation/I'm your love/Daddy/Grew up to be and do all those sick things you said that I would do/Well last night I saw you sneak out your window with your white hood/Daddy".

Who Will Save Your Soul would be a five-star songs if not for the somewhat offensive religious overtones. But it's cute and swingy, and also very, very easy to get stuck in your head. Painters is the saddest song I know; it always chokes me up a little. (Great Line: "They thought blueprints were too sad/So they made them yellow.") But the song is also the album's best track vocally. On Adrian, Jewel's voice takes on an Impressionistic tone (Impressionistic, in case someone doesn't know, means intentionally naive and/or childlike) which seems to really fit the song's mood. On You Were Meant For Me, it becomes full and choky, seemingly to call that lover back to her, whoever he was.
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