Pieces of You
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|10. You Were Meant For Me|
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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
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I have always enjoy her singing. Certainty not disappointed with this CD.Published 3 months ago by Hilda M. Turnbull
Love her voice and song writing. Writes from the heart about every day topics in an off-the-wall manner. Husband loved it.Published on Dec 27 2013 by Lorrah
I've always been a fan of Jewel, but until last year I didn't even own this album. I had Spirit, This Way, and 0304, but I never got around to getting this CD. Read morePublished on July 12 2004
This album is truly a mixed bag. It has sweet 90's pop confections like "Morning Song", "Near You Always" and "I'm Sensitive", and then suddenly... Read morePublished on July 10 2004
Who Will Save Your Soul: Nice instrumentals and a very good song. Really fun to listen to. "Another day, another dollar, another war, another tower went up where the homeless... Read morePublished on May 11 2004
I was one of those people who knew about Jewel way better most people. I was already a fan in 1995, '96. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
"Pieces Of You," as many people on Amazon have pointed out (both rationally and [mostly] irrationally) is definatly not a perfect album! Read morePublished on April 21 2004
"Pieces of You" wasn't the first album that turned me on to Jewel-it was actually "Spirit," which I instantly fell in love with and rushed right out to get... Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by Yesterdaisy