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Finally released in the UK, Perfectly Clear originally went Top 10 in US charts and was a No.1 country album. It comes as no surprise that Jewel, an acclaimed American singer, songwriter, actress, poet, painter, philanthropist and daughter to an Alaskan cowboy singer-songwriter, found herself in the embrace of country music for the release of this, her seventh career album and Jewel's personal odyssey, partly chronicled on one of the best selling debut albums of all time, the twelve-time platinum Pieces Of You, comes full circle. "I've been writing country songs my whole career; some of the songs on this record date back to when I was 18. I've been hanging on to them until now. Perfectly Clear is made up of countrified songs Jewel has been saving up fo an album such as this her whole career, with some being written when she was as young as 18.
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The lead single is "Stronger Woman", an anthem for women everywhere who are being taken for granted by the men in their lives. Her advice?
"I'm gonna love myself more than anyone else
Believe in me, even if someone can't see
A stronger woman in me"
She follows up with "I Do", which is a song about making a commitment to the person you love. I really like the clever lyrics, and chorus, "'Cause love is a game until it's played / And if it's lost, it can't ever be saved."
For some old-fashioned country violins and stuff, try "Love is a Garden" (a track with a little Shania Twain edge); "Anyone But You"; "Thump Thump" ; "'Til it Feels Like Cheating" (pure country); "Everything Reminds Me of You"; "Love By You (Cowboy Waltz)" (a bit of yodeling here) and "Perfectly Clear"
My son likes "Rosey and Mick", which has a chorus that reminds me of The Carpenters, and I also like "Two Become One" which is very familiar, but I can't recall the song it reminds me of right now. (Maybe "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny and Dolly, combined with "Love Doesn't Ask Why" by Celine Dion)
I prefer Jewel as a folk singer, but I appreciate her experimenting with a variety of styles. This is a very good country album by any standards.
Rated: 4.5 stars
It's a bit too shmaltzy, you know, no cutting edge tracks at all. Most her cd's have a couple. All in all you could spend your money in many worse ways.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's strange that her albums have in someway regressed in maturity and depth. each one somehow lacking the individuality of the one before. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2008 by Jewel
I was really looking forward to hearing this album. I have bought all of Jewels albums and her only slight notification in this country of the album "This Way" that got my... Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2008 by R. Lymer
Oh dear, oh dear. However much I've liked Jewel's work in the past, (though I have never heard the derided 0304), this is a disaster. Read morePublished on 28 July 2008 by Crs Morriss