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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

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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Valory
  • ASIN: B003GH6M1K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jewels new album Sweet and Wild is another beautiful album from this one of a kind voice. I have been listening to Jewels music since 1995 when her first album Pieces of You was released. I have followed her on this amazing journey as I watch and listen to her grow as a artist. Now days Jewel is known as a country artist, but to me and many others (who followed her from the start) she is still Jewel with no labels like coutry, folk, or pop associated with her. Her music has always been more than just those labels. Her music crosses so many different styles its not fair to label her music. Sweet and Wild is a more personal album and is about love and happiness as Jewel herself says. The whole album is great, but the stand out tracks are Fading, What You Are, Satisfied, No More Heartaches, Bad As It Gets, and Stay Here Forever.

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.
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Jewel's 2008 CD "Perfectly Clear" was one of the most honest country albums I'd heard in many years. Naturally, it received no airplay. It's almost as if with "Sweet and Wild" she asked, Then what ARE they playing on modern country radio?

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.
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I'm so glad I read the review that suggested getting the 2 CD set because we end up listening to the Sweet & Mild acoustic version at least twice as often as the regular "pumped up" one.
While Jewel's voice and the tune on Fading are both beautiful, it is a really depressing song which I mostly end up skipping. Some of the lyrics to the other songs are certainly cheesy but there is usually truth to Jewel's lyrics and I find that to be the case here as well. Besides, what Country music isn't a bit hokey? "Ten" is my absolute favorite, sappy as it is, where she sings about counting to ten during fights and then realizing how in love she still is....
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I was a bit apprehensive to hear what "country" Jewel would sound like, having grown quite fond of Jewel's early material, but I'm happy to report that this album is every bit as inspired and beautiful as anything else she's put out. She's grown up; she's not a bright-eyed, nearly homeless teenager with new-found fame. She's settled down and it shows. But I don't think that married-with-a-ranch Jewel is any less insightful than living-in-her-car Jewel. I'd recommend this album to anyone who likes Jewel's lyrics or voice.
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This CD is one of Jewel's best pieces of work to date. In the past she has endured hit and miss efforts with her work - some an utter success and some less successful. The interesting thing about her is how this artist doesn't prescribe to a specific genre, but has an ability to cross over from popular music to country music and vice versa. It is rare when an artist can crossover and be embraced, but Jewel did just that and is reaping the rewards. Her talent is rare and should be recognized by the listening audience-especially on her latest work.
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I would like to publicly apologize to Jewel for having doubted her. And I did doubt her. Goodbye alice in Wonderland was an okay album, but nowhere near as good as what she'd done before it. That's probably when I started to lose interest. And then came Perfectly Clear. It was a good concept. After all, why not try to tackle a genre she'd always wanted to be part of? But the result wasn't exactly impressive. If anything, it left me disappointed. Lullaby was pretty much the same: a lovely concept, but not so much in actual execution. So when I found out Jewel was coming out with a new album, I just didn't have that normal excitement I used to when I heard she had new music coming out. That didn't stop me from buying it though.
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
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