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on January 26, 2002
I've listened to Jewel's music since before "You Were Meant for Me" made her a household name. Even though her sophomore album Spirit was about as hard to stomach as a 12-course meal of pure molasses, This Way represents a great improvement of Jewel's musical arc.
Ditching the behind-the-times arrangements of Spirit producer Patrick Leonard, Jewel opted to work with rock veteran Dann Huff who, while weaving no breakthrough sound textures, gives her a steady rock backing and toughens up her sound. Lead single "Standing Still" is easily her best song since the plaintive "Adrian" from Pieces of You, and certainly her hardest-hitting, a great car-radio song. Jewel's singing has improved dramatically, utilizing much less of the sugary sweetness, letting the mid range of her voice soar, quite commandingly. While the rhythm section is sometimes weak -- the drumming on "Everybody Needs Someone Sometime" ranks among the worst I've ever heard -- and Jewel waxes too "country" at points with mixed results, This Way is still quite a strong record, proving that when Jewel reins in her sentimentality and applies that muscular voice to rawer material and tougher arrangements, she is definitely a contender.
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on September 23, 2016
Very nice CD. Saw her while living in Alaska with her dad. She's all grown up.
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on April 16, 2002
It's pretty simple: if you liked Jewel before, you'll like Jewel now. I think the songs on "This Way" needed more of the tempo found on "Pieces of You." My favorite song, by far, is "Jesus Loves You;" I recommend it to all those left-of-center moral relativists like me.
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