Review: Jewel

Jewel ‘Perfectly Clear’: Aidin Vaziri | Like Jessica Simpson, another blond singer who has taken pop music fans’ lack of interest as a sign to throw on cowboy boots and relocate to Nashville, Jewel pulls a Carrie Underwood on her seventh album. The results are predictably awful on so many levels, from the counterfeit twang in her voice to the low-slung lyrics ripped from the pages of “Writing Country Songs for Dummies.” Mostly, though, on tracks such as “Stronger Woman” and “Love Is a Garden,” she just dresses up the same old melodies that made VH1 shrug, using mandolins, banjos and slide guitars in the hope of selling them off as secondhand goods. It’s a good thing country music aficionados don’t know any better. The album is currently sitting on top of the Billboard country charts.

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