0304

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Sweet and safe, but verging on sappy.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The subtle "Give it up for love" message in ª Find U" and "Fragile Heart" might be cause for discussion with love-sick teens about self-esteem. "Haunted" might be interpreted as a stalker's anthem-then again, it might not.

Violence

There is a definite anti-violence, anti-war sentiment in "Stand" and "America."

Sex

No explicit sexual imagery, lots of innuendo and suggestion-especially in "Run 2 You," "Leave the Lights On," and ª Become 1."

Language

No obscene words here.

Consumerism

Celebrity name-dropping in "Intuition" and "America" are the only specific references.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Except for "Walk down the street 2 a psychedelic beat-I'm a real girl in an unreal world" in "U & Me=Love" there are no references to intoxicants. Although whoever came up with the idea of using "U" for "you,ª" for "to," etc. in the liner notes might have been on drugs at the time.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album might inspire conversations about the power and neediness of love and the importance of maintaining your center and self-respect when starting a relationship.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byCrazy_Dude April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written bymovieman09 April 9, 2008

Pretty Good

This CD is good but way different from anything Jewel usually does. I remember one of the songs kind of freaked me out(when I was 11) because it was from a stal... Continue reading

What's the story?

Jewel's fifth CD, 0304, is as sweet as can be. Perfect for lovesick adolescent girls with \"fragile hearts,\" the songs may induce insulin shock in the rest of the family. With co-producer Lester Mendez (known for working with Enrique Iglesias and Shakira), she infuses sincere lyrics and pure soprano vocals with a dance beat. Two tracks, \"Stand\" and \"America,\" offer gentle pleas for nonviolence and political activism. Most of the other songs express romantic longing, or self-validating cheerleader peppiness. Sexuality is suggestive and metaphorical, leaving the listener discreetly outside the bedroom door. \"Yes U Can\" provides the most light-hearted fun, evoking fanciful disco-in-an-alternate-universe images.

Is it any good?

Jewel's pop sound is energetic, but she takes few musical risks and is weak on originality, perhaps at the cost of appearing a bit like a Britney Spears/Madonna wannabe. The best moments are the most surprising ones: the lovely accordion solo at the beginning of "Intuition" and the good-natured creepiness of "Haunted" (Buffy fans take note). All in all, this is a slick, well-produced album by an apparently nice girl -- perhaps a bit too nice to pull off slick pop pretensions.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the political issues raised by some of the songs. It might also be fun to create a visual art project based on the imagery in "Haunted" or "Yes U Can."

Music details

  • Artist: Jewel
  • Release date: June 3, 2003
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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