Spirit (CD 1998)
All my favs on one cd perfect. Nice Sunday afternoon folksy tunes. Jewel at her very best. Great easy listening
I bought this CD again as my copy was worn and scrathed for years of being moved from the house to the study to the car. In my opinion Jewels best CD. Thoughtful, thought provoking, gentle and passionate. Lovely! Enjoy :)
Beautiful, melodic and personal.
Aided by airy, sparkling production by Madonna's former producer Patrick Leonard, Jewel comforts the listener with this beautiful and sometimes moving second album. On "Hands" she sings that if she "....could tell the world just one thing, it would be that we're all OK". Outside of her multi-octave, crystalline voice, therein lies a large part of Jewel's true appeal - a seemingly boundless compassion. To the Beatles prescription "All You Need Is Love", she adds one more ingredient: "Fill your lives with love and bravery/And you shall lead a life uncommon". While much of her yearning is spiritual and utopian, Jewel is not immune to the call of the flesh. In "Do You" she wants to stay with a lover because their teeth are straight and "the sex is good". There's even a hip hop feel with the rhythm section on "Down So Long", confirmed in the third verse when Jewel raps for about two bars. The natural sounds throughout the CD dominate the subtler synth touches. Acoustic guitar and spot-on harmonies make this an extremely intimate, personal sounding release. Keep the CD rotating after "Abscence Of Fear" and you will be treated to a simple melodic song sung without instrumental accompaniment by Jewel's Mum, showing the listener where she gets her vocal talents from.Read full review