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Pieces of You

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  • Audio CD (March 21 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J2S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 321 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Who Will Save Your Soul
2. Pieces Of You
3. Little Sister
4. Foolish Games
5. Near You Always
6. Painters
7. Morning Song
8. Adrian
9. I'm Sensitive
10. You Were Meant For Me
11. Don't
12. Daddy
13. Angel Standing By
14. Amen

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Certified at 11 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)


Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, reveals a special voice--strong and focused on both the whispery verses and the hooky choruses. The recording also exposes an unfortunate tendency to present trite, hackneyed sentiments as if they were oracular visions from a young prophet to a jaded world. For the most part, Jewel sings to her own acoustic guitar accompaniment, but she has a lot more in common with, say, the Indigo Girls or Lisa Loeb than with Judy Collins or Nanci Griffith. Despite her soft soprano and pretty melodies, her songs have an iconoclastic edge which make her more of an unplugged alternative rocker than a folkie. Her songs too often betray their origins as written verse in their hard-to-sing meters, unmusical phrasing, and diary-like pronouncements. Nonetheless, a few numbers, such as "Morning Song" and "You Were Meant for Me," show a spark of humor about romance, and hint that Jewel may yet write songs worthy of her remarkable voice. --Geoffrey Himes

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Format: Audio CD
Though this is not my favorite album by Jewel, it is still a great one. A lot of the songs on the album are whispered or almost talked - it's much more of a folk album than the rest of her albums, but that folk is mixed with a very pop-y, angelic voice which we all know so very well.
"Who Will Save Your Soul" is the only single from the album that used it's original version, and that's because it's the most pop-influenced song on the album. The rest are very acoustic sounding, and a lot of them were recorded live in a coffee house I believe. I think that the single versions for "You Were Meant For Me" is better than the album version, but as far as "Foolish Games" goes, I could go with either the single or album version. They're both good.
But it's not the singles that make the album, it's the other ones. A lot of people usually buy albums just to hear the ones that are familiar from the radio - if you want to buy this album for that, then don't. Download the single versions of "You Were Meant For Me" and "Foolish Games" instead. But, if you are truly interested in hearing wonderfully written music and Jewel's unparallel storytelling - then get it.
"Painters" and "Adrian" tell the saddest stories of the entire album - the first being about a woman whose husband dies, the second being about a youthful boy who comes down with a horrible sickness. They'll have you locked into the story by the first note.
"Little Sister" is my favorite song on the entire album. It's AMAZING! If you are looking for a song to download, this is the one!
"Near You Always" is one of the best songs on the album. The lyrics, her voice, and the story are all wonderful. "Morning Song" and "Insensetive" are definitely the most sing-a-long type songs besides the singles.
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I bought Jewel's Pieces of you only having heard "Who will save your soul?" and "You were meant for me", but when i listened to it i realized that these songs weren't even some of the better ones...I love the whole album, and i'll never get sick of her beautiful lyrics and amazingly sweet voice. I can't believe these people who say that "peices of you" is her worst song ever...on the contrary, this song is one of her greatest yet, but you wouldn't know if you just listen to the song once or twice...you must re-listen, and open your heart and soul to understand what Jewel is really trying to get across to the listener. I'm appalled by the listeners that call her lyrics childish and boring...Jewel's lyrics are wonderful pieces of art that come from her own personal experiences and feelings. We all have personal thoughts that we wouldn't want others to hear or know for fear of judgement, but Jewel opens her heart and soul to us, and we judge her...I love Jewel, I have both CD's and her book of poems, and am anxiously awaiting her next album...She is truly one of the best :)
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Format: Audio CD
I first discovered Jewel when I was 8 going on 9. Her lyrics are so true and deep. It's not any of that stuff that other singers sing You should definetly buy this album. It's really great!
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This is an extremely well written début (especially regarding lyrics), and what's even better is that Jewel wrote all of the tracks, minus two that she co-wrote with Steve Poltz.
The first track (and the first single to be released), "Who Will Save Your Soul?", has a good swinging riff, with lyrics about the modern way of living, a theme that is carried on to "Little Sister", about the materialistic and drug-ridden ways of the world. Meanwhile, "Amen" questions nature and religion - a theme also used in the opening track.
The title song, "Pieces of You", has sad guitar music, and the lyrics centre on do we judge people in a certain way because they remind us of ourselves? And "Daddy" has a slow swinging guitar melody that suggests that something is wrong. This fits in with the lyrics, which are at times sarcastic and vengeful - one of the best tracks on the album.
Two tracks tell stories through song. "Painters" is of a pair of artists who face tragedy, and "Adrian" is of a boy damaged at camp who comes home, where the townsfolk believe his life support should be turned off.
Though not all tracks are focused on confronting lyrics. "I'm Sensitive" is a fun little song, while "Angel Standing By" makes the perfect lullaby.
While the standard of lyric writing is high, there is something to be improved upon in the form of music writing. Although the chords and notes used are different and may be played at different paces, there are definite patterns in the music. There seems to be two different groups within the album - the first one consisting of "Who Will Save Your Soul?", "Morning Song", "You Were Meant For Me" and "Daddy"; and a smaller group with "Angel Standing By" and "Amen".
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I found this album buried in my parents CD collection and fell in love with it as soon as I turned it on. Deffinatly a moving and in depth album. Jewel stands back and takes a look at what we are doing wrong and the positive things we can change it with.
Save your soul: Nice beat deffinatly goes into the human mind and life explaing how we think and act and how we can change ourselves for our own benifit. 3/5
Peices of you: The lyrics are so simple ,yet if you think about it, are compelling. Its on how we judge people on how they look or what they do and how in the end they are not that different from us. 5/5
Little sister: More to the teen side of life on how we get addiced to like and comforment 2.5/5
Foolish games: Funny everyone seems to love this song. Its fine for me but not inspiring or anything. The melody is nice but...deffinatly I think not the best on the CD. I need moving lyrics and these just don't do it that deeply for me. 3.5/5
Near you always: Cute and simple explaining on how much she is in love and is afraid she can't let go. One of my favorites. 5/5
Painters: Not inspiring but beautifully written paired with absolutly beautiful music it make a tear jerker. One of my fav songs. Its a love story we all aspire for 5.5/5
Morning song: Fun and brings up the mood after painters. Its every lovers dream saterday morning. 5/5
Adrian: Simple and childish. It gives the illusion of that anyway. Another sad story on loves loaylty and streangth. 3/5
I'm sensitive: I personaly think this song is hilarious. I picture two 12 year old kids having a make-believe and deep conversation most adults have trouble with. 5/5
You were ment for me: Once again another popular one which is fine but not my favorite.
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