Jewel Talks About Her 'Up Tempo' New Album
Due on June 8th via Valory Music Co., Sweet and Wild will be Jewel's 7th studio album (of original material - 9th studio album overall), the album earned it's title because, according to Jewel on her blog - Sweet and Wild showcases both sides of her personality.
What kind of sound can we expect to hear on Sweet and Wild? Sounds like Jewel is mixing it up this time around, including both the soft sounds of Spirit with the rock & roll sounds of This Way. Sounds like magic to me.
"I seem to be a walking contradiction in life," she says. I am a fairly calm person who reads a lot and writes poetry, but I also like to ride motorcycles and shoot guns."
"I love rock songs that are up tempo, and I love introspective songs that are lyrical. Usually I make albums that are one or the other - Spirit is very soothing, This Way is up tempo and rocking.... Well, on this one, I decided not to choose, but just go ahead and be both. The trick to making diverse material fit on one album, is getting the sequence right."Sounds like we can expect a little country, a little rock, a little pop and a little pop. Jewel maintains that the focus remains on the lyric and the melody as well the perspective and viewpoint that she writes from.
"This album has some very country songs, it has some straight up rock songs, it has songs that lean pop, and some that go back to my folksy roots. But it was all produced through the lens of the country format, so each is colored and warmed up by great instruments like mandolin and fiddle and some of the best players in the world who were kind enough to join me on the album."
Woohoo! In the end, Jewel calls Sweet and Wild an "up tempo album" and I for one will be buying it on June 8th. Oh - and what's more? Jewel says she'll be releasing a special double CD called Sweet and Mild which includes the standard album as well as an acoustic version of the album. No word on whether or not this will come out at the same time as the regular release, but I would assume so. Check out the album artwork above and the tracklisting below:
1. No Good In Goodbye
2. I Love You Forever
4. What You Are
5. As Bad As It Gets
6. Summer Home In Your Arms
7. Stay Here Forever
8. No More Heartaches
9. One True Thing
For more insight into each track, the theme of the album and Jewel's thoughts on the recording process, check out her official blog. Check out Jewel on tour this June.