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Perfectly ClearPop-folkie Jewel's finally gone country on her seventh album, Perfectly Clear, and it suits her: She's an earnest storyteller, and in the...Perfectly ClearCountryPop-folkie Jewel's finally gone country on her seventh album, Perfectly Clear, and it suits her: She's an earnest storyteller, and in the...2008-05-30
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Perfectly Clear

Genre: Country; Lead Performer: Jewel; Status: In Season

Pop-folkie Jewel’s finally gone country on her seventh album, Perfectly Clear, and it suits her: She’s an earnest storyteller, and in the land of steel guitars (and co-producer John Rich), there’s no shame in tracks titled ”Love Is a Garden” and ”Thump, Thump,” two sweet, sway-along tunes. And though self-help single ”Stronger Woman” is unremarkable radio fare, Jewel does conjure a few special ballads. Her thick vibrato makes desperation palpable on the Patsy-would-be-proud weeper ”Anyone but You,” and she actually yodels with soul on the soaring ”Loved by You (Cowboy Waltz).” B+
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Originally posted May 30 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT

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