Mandi Bierly
May 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Perfectly Clear

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jewel
genre
Country

We gave it a B+

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+
DOWNLOAD THIS: Hear ”Anyone but You” on Jewel’s page on ilike.com

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