Greg Kot
June 09, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sweet and Wild

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jewel
genre
Country

We gave it a B-

Sweet and Wild is Jewel’s second album in her cowgirl guise, following her ’90s sensitive-folkie phase and her unfortunate turn as a dance-pop diva. The pedal steel and fiddle sound like add-ons designed to get her played on country radio, and a few of the melodies could’ve been hijacked from a Nashville jingles factory. But there’s some moving midlife melancholy beneath the surface, especially on the startling ”Fading.” B?

Download These:
Shania-channeling No Good in Goodbye at amazon.com
The revealing Fading at amazon.com

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