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8.0

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  1. Sep 7, 2010
    4
    I love Jewel, I really do. I think "Perfectly Clear" was flawed but enjoyable and I had great hopes on her country phase. But this is a snoring fest. The songs are bland, unoriginal, overproduced. Feels like the whole project was rushed or that the only aim was marketability.
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62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. She’s saved here--on both the produced main album and its bare-bones acoustic cousin on the deluxe version, which isn’t as different as it might initially appear--by her essential sweetness, which shines through in her melody and mellow moods that aren’t sullied by a hint of wildness.
  2. Jewel offers basic country tropes both musical (twanging Telecasters, whining fiddles, banjoes bubbling underneath the surface, train-track rhythms) and lyrical (with references to both Wal-Mart and a dying soldier imparting wisdom) in the hopes of rousing the market base she first courted on 2008’s “Perfectly Clear.’’
  3. 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.''