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The String Quartet Tribute to Jewel

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Jewel's particular brand of lilting folk-pop has always appealed most to people who drink expensive coffee and sign up for batik art workshops. This release should accompany those activities as well as Jewel's music itself does. It presents ten instrumental versions of her songs, performed on violin, viola, cello, and bass. Any perceivable depth in Jewel's music has always been derived from her pliable vocal chords; the melodies she strums on her trusty acoustic are consistently hummable, yet lighter than air. That being the case, the rich bass and cello tones of this tribute more than make up for the lack of vocals. "Foolish Games" is a standout, as is the rousing "Standing Still," which in this version conjures images of wild horses galloping across the great plains.

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