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Single Review: “I Do” by Jewel

June 25, 2008

Jewel’s second single from her debut country album has everything that Jewel fans have come to love about her…but there lies the major draw back. For a woman who is trying to support her typical critical claim as a country girl at heart she still tends to preserve some of her original pop sound into her music and has become a little repetitive in her writing style. Thus this song fails really to stand out as much of anything amazing or new from this talented songwriter/songstress.

This single has Jewel imploring to her lover that they stop waiting on things to happen or being intimidated by any form of dedication or long term chains that would bind them in life and to make up their minds. If he says he will, she’ll start saying I do instead of taking things so slowly that they just happen over time. Filled with some very tricky metaphors, comparing love to a game and the interaction between the pair as a war dance at one point, this song is a continued impressive expression of the songwriting talent that Jewel has. It even shows off a little vocally, but overall it doesn’t bring anything new to the table at all for her. It isn’t as country as “Stronger Woman” was so it fails to support her stereotypical label that has been imposed and supported in her recent work, and it isn’t a catchy as her other works which fails to support her long lasting ability to create an attractive and unforgettable piece. Simply put this song can very easily be seen as both gold from a talented artist in its own way or a forgettable and disappointing attempt for a former pop star to become a country diva.

Listen: www.myspace.com/jewel

Grade: B-

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 25, 2008 4:49 pm

    I’m with you on this one, it’s a good song in it’s own right. But this won’t help her win over more country fans. I do like the music video however, the ending is interesting.

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