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3.0 out of 5 stars
Just float with it, 23 Feb. 2002
I MUST ADMIT, i HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SLIGHTLY CYNICAL WHEN IT COMES TO JEWEL, NOT BECAUSE i DON'T ADMIRE HER EFFORTS TO BE A POSITIVE AND LIFE-AFFIRMING INFLUENCE DURING AN ERA WHERE VIOLENCE, CYNCISM AND SEX ARE PROMOTED AS 'COOL' AND KINDNESS AND WORLD-AWARENESS ARE CONSIDERED HIPPY-ISH AND PASSE`, IT'S JUST THAT SHE SOMETIMES SEEMS A LITTLE TOO PREACHY AND SELF-RIGHTEOUS FOR HER OWN GOOD. Not only that but everytime I listen to her high-pitched whiny vocals on 'Adrian' ('pieces of you')I have a physical reaction. And I don't mean floods of tears.
Despite that, in 'Spirit' Jewel's vocals are rich and more mature, they are also very versatile and at times suprisingly playful (e.g. 'Jupiter' 'Do You'). This is just as well however, because the background music is always kept 'background' and never at any point does it attempt to be anything other then chord-strums, drums-without-oomph, and occasional production noises. Perhaps if Jewel spent less time trying to be a poet and more time exploring and experimenting with her music it might be a little more 'musical' and a litle less 'lyrical' and 'vocal,' but then again, that's what she's famous for.
Criticism aside, the melodies are faultless, the lyrics are sincere, smart and poignantly funny (e.g When you're standing in deep water, bailing yourself out with straw, when you're standing in deep water and you wake up making love to a wall') and her voice is sublime.
So my advice, like many others, is don't analyse, don't indulge your criticisms; just float with it, just take her as she is, and you'll find an earnest kind of beauty.
Highlight Tracks: 'Do You' - 'Enter From The East' - 'Deep Water' - 'Jupiter'
Low Points: 'Life Uncommon' (there's that physical reaction again...) 'Innocence Maintained' and that little duet with her mother at the end- it may mean something to her, but to everyone else it's just nauesating.