Pick­ing Up the Pieces

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Jewel

Sugar Hill Records

It’s hard to be­lieve that 20 years have passed since Jewel Kilcher re­leased her magnificent de­but al­bum, Pieces of You. In 1995, au­di­ences im­me­di­ately fell in love with the 21-year-old Alaskan folkie and her back story of be­ing home­less and liv­ing with her mom in a van im­me­di­ately just be­fore the al­bum hit it big.With hits like the plain­tive “Who Will Save Your Soul” and the bit­ter­sweet “You Were Meant For Me,” it sold more than 10 mil­lion copies.

Since her me­te­oric rise to fame, Jewel has re­leased a few sin­gles, dab­bled in coun­try and chil­dren’s mu­sic, earned a rep­u­ta­tion as an eco-ac­tivist and be­came an au­thor.Now she has re­leased Pick­ing Up the Pieces, the book­end to her most fa­mous work.

Pick­ing Up the Pieces picks up where Pieces of You left off, with its emo­tion­ally vul­ner­a­ble re­flec­tions on adult life.The al­bum is self-pro­duced and boasts sparse, un­clut­tered pro­duc­tion, clean vo­cals and sim­ple, po­etic lyrics.

One of the most beau­ti­ful songs on the al­bum is “My Fa­ther’s Daugh­ter,” a col­lab­o­ra­tion with coun­try megas­tar Dolly Par­ton.This mov­ing trib­ute to her im­mi­grant grand­par­ents is in­dica­tive of the un­fet­tered hon­esty Kilcher achieves in her mu­sic. Stand­out songs in­clude “Love Used to Be,” “Fam­ily Tree” and “His Plea­sure My Pain.”

Come full cir­cle with Jewel. Pick­ing Up the Pieces won’t dis­ap­point.

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