Laura Morgan
November 02, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

To her credit, the onetime van-dwelling Alaskan is clearly not a proponent of the play-hard-to-get philosophy. On her new single, baby-voiced but bold Jewel dares to ask a lover, ”Do you need me like I need you?…Or am I standing still?” Well, if you have to ask…. But while her subject matter is thoroughly clichéd, the song, with its down-home lilt and openhearted sentiment, certainly strikes a chord. ”Standing Still” should please not only Jewel’s gooey flower-girl contingent but anyone who has ever been stuck on the romantic stationary bike.

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