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With uplifting lyrics sung in a clear, soaring voice, Jewel has won the hearts of an audience ready for a kinder, gentler, post-grunge pop star. Following the multi-platinum success of her 1995 debut, PIECES OF YOU, this modern folk singer returned with SPIRIT, an album that is musically more refined "Kiss the Flame," "Barcelona" but lyrically no less idealistic. "If I could tell the world just one thing/It would be that we're all okay" she sings in "Hands," as a piano shapes the lines of a lullaby. Connecting with the broken-hearted and the socially outcast, Jewel speaks of love and trust, urging those who feel "different" to celebrate their uniqueness. She calls ...
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Barnes & Noble - Suzanne McElfresh
With uplifting lyrics sung in a clear, soaring voice, Jewel has won the hearts of an audience ready for a kinder, gentler, post-grunge pop star. Following the multi-platinum success of her 1995 debut, PIECES OF YOU, this modern folk singer returned with SPIRIT, an album that is musically more refined "Kiss the Flame," "Barcelona" but lyrically no less idealistic. "If I could tell the world just one thing/It would be that we're all okay" she sings in "Hands," as a piano shapes the lines of a lullaby. Connecting with the broken-hearted and the socially outcast, Jewel speaks of love and trust, urging those who feel "different" to celebrate their uniqueness. She calls the ostracized title character in "Fat Boy" a "fragile flame," telling him "Sometimes I feel the same," and in "Innocence Maintained" proclaims that "It's time we made a place/Where people's souls may be seen and made safe." Mushy words for such cynical times, but 3 million copies sold says there's still room for in this cold, hard world for that.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The multi-platinum success of Jewel's debut album Pieces of You came as a bit of a surprise to some observers, but it shouldn't have. Alone among all the female singer/songwriters of the post-alternative '90s, Jewel appealed to sensitive female teenagers and preteen girls. Her pretty melodies, gentle folk-rock, and sweetly naive lyrics are the sound of awkwardly creative adolescence, which made sense, since she was only a teenager at the time of her debut. That naïveté was the reason why Pieces of You was charming, even with a slapdash production that left in rough edges that should have been sanded. It wasn't until Jewel re-recorded the singles "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "You Were Meant for Me" that the album took off, because it was only then that the songs were given a properly polished, alluring production. Realizing this, Jewel abandoned any pretenses of being just a girl with her guitar on her eagerly awaited second album, Spirit. Released nearly four years after Pieces of You, Spirit is a markedly different but recognizable album from its predecessor, due largely to Patrick Leonard's glossy, radio-ready production. There is none of the raggedness that necessitated re-recordings with Pieces of You -- layered with gentle guitars and unobtrusive keyboards, every track feels as if it could be a hit single on adult alternative pop radio. If the production has changed, the basic sentiment behind the music has not -- in essence, Spirit is the same record as Pieces of You, with the same sweet melodies and naive poetry. Even if it doesn't have any songs that stand out like "Who Will Save Your Soul," it is, song for song, a more consistent album, even if the lyrics are often startlingly naive for a woman 24 years of age, especially on the lead single "Hands." But even if Spirit is a stronger, more listenable album than its predecessor, much of the awkward charm of Pieces of You has been removed -- which means that even if she appeals to the same audience as before, some of her initial fans may find that she's now a bit too slick in her attack to truly connect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/1998
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678295027
  • Catalog Number: 82950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Deep Water (4:16)
  2. 2 What's Simple Is True (3:34)
  3. 3 Hands (3:54)
  4. 4 Kiss the Flame (3:17)
  5. 5 Down So Long (4:13)
  6. 6 Innocence Maintained (4:08)
  7. 7 Jupiter (4:18)
  8. 8 Fat Boy (2:54)
  9. 9 Enter from the East (4:02)
  10. 10 Barcelona (3:53)
  11. 11 Life Uncommon (4:56)
  12. 12 Do You (4:21)
  13. 13 Absence of Fear/This Little Bird (7:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jewel Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jude Cole Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Paul Bushnell Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Luis Conte Percussion
Flea Bass
James Harrah Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. 12-string Guitar
Patrick Leonard Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Marty Rifkin Pedal Steel Guitar
Josh Clayton-Felt Electric Guitar
Cameron Stone Cello
David Channing Electric Guitar
Nedra Carroll Vocals, Background Vocals
Brian Macleod Drums, Hand Drums
Technical Credits
Jeremy Lubbock String Arrangements
Peter Collins Producer
Ross Hogarth Engineer
Patrick Leonard Programming, Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Christopher Shaw Engineer
Brenda Rotheiser Art Direction
Jeanne Greco Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly beautiful and uplifting music...

    If you are in the mood for really GOOD music from an exceptionally talented woman (and my favorite artist and role model) then you should pick up Spirit. Jewel takes you on a brilliantly written and sung journey in which she expresses her compassion for her fellow humans. I love every single song and each one brings me comfort. I must tell you that the real standout songs are ''Hands'', ''Kiss the Flame'' and ''Enter from the East''. Listen to the words in these three songs (as well as the others) and you too will understand how amazing this music and singer are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great album

    Love all the songs on this album. It's by far my favorite album by Jewel.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A "JEWEL" OF A CD

    LOVE THIS CD -- LOVE JEWEL AND HER MJSIC!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    jewel's best album to date

    "spirit" is jewel's best album as far as i'm concerned. every song is filled with so much meaning, from the life-pondering "deep water" to the longing of "abscence of fear." i may be partial because this is the first jewel record i bought, but since then and since buying the rest of her work, i still believe this is her most cohesive collection of songs. my favorites are "innocence maintained," with a contemplative melody and wise lyrics about society, and "hands." i really loved this whole era of jewel's career, from the songs themselves to the music videos. "spirit" is really the epitome of a self-discovery singer/songwriter album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEAUTIFUL SOUL-BREATHING POETRY

    THE TITLE ''SPIRIT'' REMINDS US OF THE PART OF OURSELVES THAT HAS SINCE LONG BEEN LOITERED WITH NEGLECT AND ABSENCE OF GENTLENESS. IT ENTICES US TO LOOK @ THE ESSENCE OF OURSELVES AND INSPIRES US TO BE JUST WHO GOD MADE US TO BE. IT'S OK TO SIT BY EARTH'S WATERS FOR 4HRS, IF I CHOOSE TO. I ALSO LOVE THIS TITLE BECAUSE IT SAYS ''IT'S OK TO SOAR''. SPIRIT IS TO BREATHE IN LIFE,BUT TO ALSO REALIZE THAT LIFE IS INSIDE. OUR SPIRITS NEED TO BE FED & NURTURED JUST LIKE THE PHYSICAL & MENTAL. THIS TITLE TELLS ME THAT I'M HEADING TOWARD AN APPRECIATION FOR THE SPACE I'M IN & KNOW THAT IT'S EXACTLY WHERE I NEED TO BE. CONTENT;INSIDE-DON'T BE AFRAID OF YOUR LIGHT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quite possibly the greatest artist

    Jewel's voices enchants the listener and stirs the soul with her flowing music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jewel

    Jewel is very inspraantional for people and evry song she sings is very helpful to my life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best cd's ever made

    I've never heard a better cd in my whole life!!

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