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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 322 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,398 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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This is Jewel's first album released in February 1995, and it's also her best and most consistent release. In an older review of this album the person who reviewed (from Connecticut) said that if you like to buy music that makes you dance and be happy than PIECES OF YOU is probably not for you. I'd be one to agree if it in addition to PIECES OF YOU. Of course, anyone who owns Jewel's latest outing THIS WAY would agree that there are plenty of tracks on there to dance and be happy to. What we have here with PIECES OF YOU is really rather dark and introspective. Of course, back in 1994 Jewel was just a young girl barely out of her teens. We had to know that as time went on she'd seriously lighten up. However, PIECES OF YOU is still great for what it is, and the best thing about it for me are hits like WHO WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL and YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME that make me feel like I'm back in 1995 again. Even non-radio tracks like LITTLE SISTER, PAINTERS, DON'T, DADDY, ADRIAN and others send me back to 1995, and I've only owned this CD for 6 months now. ADRIAN, LITTLE SISTER, PAINTERS, and the title track are not made for those faint at heart. Songs like these prove one thing: of all the current talent out there in the music industry, Jewel is the best poet out there. She really is A POET. The poetry of the title track I especially like; it is my personal favorite song of hers. Jewel also gives notable performances throughout the album; she really is also an actress throughout the album; between sudden shrieks of horror and realization to breathy whispers she gets the Oscar, certainly for those last 30 seconds of sheer delight on NEAR YOU ALWAYS. All in all, while PIECES OF YOU may be a little overdramatic at times, the pure perfection of the way the lyrics blend together with Jewel's anything but ordinary vocals make it an essential album for your CD collection.
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By A Customer on May 9 2002
Format: Audio CD
I bought this at a used CD place, took it home and was utterly appalled at the AWFUL quality and OBVIOUS difference in the radio versions and the album versions of her released songs. WHO WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL, FOOLISH GAMES AND YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME sounded just plain terrible on the album... Maybe she re-recorded the songs for the radio but those who buy it best BEWARE... The production of the CD is less than stellar and for the most part her singing just sounds WEIRD on the CD compared to the radio... She has alot of potential... ...I hated this album even though she has good lyric skills but felt 'duped' when I took it home and the songs I liked the most were nothing compared to the radio version... I got my money back but learned to hear future CD's at the store BEFORE I purchase to save me buck or two... Anyways if you don't care that the song versions are NOTICEABLY different on the CD then buy it but if you want the radio versions, scrounge up the singles if you can find them... Sorry but I can't give this 0 stars so 1 star for her lyric skills...
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