Picking Up the Pieces
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.