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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It isn't hard to view Jewel's country music makeover on Perfectly Clear with a mildly cynical eye, especially as it follows her dance-pop shakeup on 2003's 0304 by a mere five years. Such whiplash changes in direction are bound to raise suspicion, but Jewel wears her country threads better than her diva hand-me-downs, possibly because it suits her mythical back-story of living out of the back of the truck but it's also a smaller leap from folk to country...at least in theory, that is, as Perfectly Clear isn't quite a full-fledged country album. Like Bon Jovi before her and Jessica Simpson after, Jewel's country move is more about marketing than music, an ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It isn't hard to view Jewel's country music makeover on Perfectly Clear with a mildly cynical eye, especially as it follows her dance-pop shakeup on 2003's 0304 by a mere five years. Such whiplash changes in direction are bound to raise suspicion, but Jewel wears her country threads better than her diva hand-me-downs, possibly because it suits her mythical back-story of living out of the back of the truck but it's also a smaller leap from folk to country...at least in theory, that is, as Perfectly Clear isn't quite a full-fledged country album. Like Bon Jovi before her and Jessica Simpson after, Jewel's country move is more about marketing than music, an adjustment that puts her in line with adults raised on Pieces of You but more likely to listen to Brad Paisley than Feist. There are fiddles and steel guitars threaded throughout the album but their presence is nearly subliminal at most points; they're felt, not heard, just enough to give it a country feel. The setting may be country -- courtesy of producer John Rich, whose production recalls his hazy, soft solo album rather than the gonzo strut of Big & Rich -- but Jewel is not a country singer, no matter how often she affects a twang. She's a folksinger, soaring with her long, lyrical phrases instead of aiming for the gut, something that grates when she does attempt something uptempo but she wisely avoids this pitfall through much of the album, choosing to dole out ballads and midtempo pop. This brings Perfectly Clear much closer to Pieces of You than any album she's made since, as it's filled with poppy, simple songs about relationships, never bogging down in portentous pretension, literary preoccupations, or glossy pop as she has in every record since. This doesn't necessarily make Perfectly Clear a "better" record -- some of those albums were pretty good even if they didn't adhere to the Jewel myth -- but it does mean it feels more like the Jewel that everybody came to love back in 1995, which is what it was intended to do. So it has the form and feel, but the devil is in the details, the songs that never quite hook and sometimes serve up some patently absurd moments, usually in the form of her overheated lyrics which also betray how un-country she really is. Such details might be a deal-breaker for some, but Jewel feels and sounds comfortable here, something that will surely help her shift units with this record and will likely give her a long career, if she so chooses.
Billboard - Chuck Taylor
Her seventh album and first full-length country project, Perfectly Clear, is not only persuasive, but down-home, old-school country.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Valory
  • UPC: 843930000760
  • Catalog Number: 3000076
  • Sales rank: 53,533

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stonger Woman (4:02)
  2. 2 I Do (4:04)
  3. 3 Love Is a Garden (3:48)
  4. 4 Rosey and Mick (3:36)
  5. 5 Anyone But You (3:55)
  6. 6 Thump, Thump (3:57)
  7. 7 Two Become One (3:44)
  8. 8 Till It Feels Like Cheating (4:00)
  9. 9 Everything Reminds Me of You (3:15)
  10. 10 Loved by You (Cowboy Waltz) (3:28)
  11. 11 Perfectly Clear (5:28)
  12. 12 Stronger Woman
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jewel Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Eric Darken Percussion
Steve Brewster Drums
Mike Brignardello Bass
Liana Manis Vocal Harmony
Glenn Worf Bass
Jonathan Yudkin Dulcimer, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Viola, Bazouki
Michael Rojas Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Wes Hightower Vocal Harmony
Jason Freese Strings, Hammond Organ, Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Ethan Pilzer Bass
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
John Rich Vocal Harmony
Mike Johnson Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Jewel Composer, Producer
Steve Beers Engineer
Guy Chambers Composer
Paul Hart Engineer
Shaye Smith Composer
Wynn Varble Composer
Lisa Carver Composer
Vance Powell Engineer
Joe Firstman Composer
Joshua Sage Newman Art Direction
Bethany Newman Art Direction
John Rich Producer
Trey Fanjoy Video Director
Marv Green Composer
Liz Rose Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty good

    I have liked other Jewel cd's better but it is all right

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this CD

    I love this CD. I had not listened to much of Jewel since her early releases but this one is everything a country CD should be. Love her voice tone and arrangements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Semi-country makeover

    This is Jewel's country album, which really means another serving of Jewel's folky songs and cutesy lyrics with some slide guitar and a bit o' twang for effect. If you're a Jewel fan, you might like this, as it doesn't deviate much from most of her work, except for her silly attempt as a pop diva on the album 0304. If you're not a fan, the bland mid-tempo pop songs that run together quickly, topped off with lyrics like "Love is a garden, it needs to grow", probably won't interest you very much.

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    Posted August 9, 2009

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