Perfectly Clear (2008) 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… 2008-06-03 Jewel Country
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Perfectly Clear (2008)

COUNTRY JEWEL Sounds like she was meant for the land of steel guitars, earnest storytelling, and Patsy-esque weepers
COUNTRY JEWEL Sounds like she was meant for the land of steel guitars, earnest storytelling, and Patsy-esque weepers
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 03, 2008; Lead Performance: Jewel; Genre: Country

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 Published in issue #995-996 Jun 06, 2008 Order article reprints