This Way

This Way

by Jewel

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Overview

Though Jewel trekked to Nashville to record her third album with producer Dan Huff, This Way is not the Alaska native's bid to become the next Faith Hill. Instead, it's the best record of her career, short on precious lyrics and long on muscular twang 'n' roll. This Way displays Jewel's keen observational skills in heartfelt songs about the spiritual price of materialism ("Jesus Loves You"), the uncertain path our society is taking ("The New Wild West"), or just flat-out romantic yearning ("Standing Still"). Despite these weighty concerns, Jewel avoids excessive hand wringing, and she uses the rockin' arrangements to cut loose. The exotic "Serve the Ego" employs finger cymbals, Middle Eastern-flavored vocal phrasing, and racy lyrics about dominance and subservience. And the torchy "I Won't Walk Away" recalls her yearning hit "Foolish Games." Elsewhere, Jewel gives Joan Osborne a run for her money as she howls over the slide-guitar-driven rock of "Love Me, Just Leave Me Alone." If it seems that the precocious poet has forgotten her past, a pair of bonus live tracks, "Grey Matter" and "Sometimes It Be That Way," with their simple vocal-guitar arrangements, neatly recall the solid folk roots at the heart of this gem of a singer-songwriter.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2001
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678351921
catalogNumber: 83519

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jewel   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Ronn Huff   Conductor
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Steve Brewster   Drums
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Gordon Kennedy   Electric Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Lee Larrison   Strings
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Bob Mason   Strings
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Kathryn Plummer   Strings
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Roger Spencer   Strings
Jackie Street   Bass
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Alan Umstead   Strings
Catherine Umstead   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Joy Worland   Strings
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin,Cello
Calvin Smith   Strings
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Monisa Angell   Strings
Craig Young   Bass
Karen Winkelmann   Strings
Julie Tanner   Strings
Chris Rodrigues   Background Vocals
Bruce Christensen   Strings
Cate Myer   Strings
Gerald Greer   Strings
Janet Askey   Strings
Glenn Wanner   Strings
Dave Angell   Strings
Beth Beeson   Strings
Lynn Bloom   Strings
Dan Digmore   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Jewel   Producer
Ronn Huff   String Arrangements
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Mark Goldenberg   Arranger
Dann Huff   Producer
David Lyndon Huff   Programming
John Kurzweg   Producer,Engineer
Tedd T.   Programming
Ron Shapiro   Executive Producer
Wayne Rodrigues   drum programming
Lenedra Carroll   Executive Producer
Chad Farmer   Art Direction
Jewel Kilcher   Producer

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This Way 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had wondered where Jewel had disappeared to, but I guess she wanted to keep us hidden from the new gems on her CD... I especially adored "Jesus loves You", which showed Jewel's characteristic raciness... how she can put herself out of the norm... I definatly recommend this CD to all you JEwel fans out there
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this cd thinking that all the songs would be as good as the first ''Standing Still.'' Boy, was I disappointed. I think out of all 14 tracks on the cd, only 2 are any good. I really did not like this cd. And, I don't think I will purchase anymore cd's by Jewel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jewel has always sang beautifully. she has made many great albums, but this is definetly one of her best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who have been listening to Jewel for the past six-some years since ''Pieces of You'' blew up know full well of the potential of this artist. In ''This Way,'' Jewel comes one step closer to realizing a musical talent that was there from the get-go. The frothy excess of ''Spirit'' has given way to a genuine, more familiar Jewel who brings to this record what she brings to her live performances. Songs like ''Love Me, Just Leave Me Alone,'' ''Standing Still,'' and ''Do You Want to Play,'' display upbeat rhythms and solid melodies that prove highly performable. Ambitious songs like ''Serve the Ego'' and ''The New Wild West'' remind us of Jewel's pragmatic side that is in some ways almost utilitarian. What makes this album so meaningful is the extent to which Jewel displays the ability to not only exhibit growth, but also to remain that brutally honest artist we have grown to appreciate. Not only does Jewel convince us of the sincerity of her intent, but also the awareness of her craft.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the good elements from pieces of you and the good elements from spirit all come together in this rokken album
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jewel is back with a vengence. Her songs reflect what the listeners like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the cd for the catchy tune "standing still". What started out as my favorite song now I'm not so sure. Other songs just jump out off this cd. Jesus loves you, Love me just leave me alone, Till we run out of road, Cleveland, This way, Break me, and last but NOT least Serve the ego are incredible. Because of this cd I'm doing something I've always wanted to do, learning to play the acoustic guitar. This cd is a definite must have. Thanks Jewel for inspiring one more person, ME. Merri
Guest More than 1 year ago
so, this album was released after jewel started dating a rodeo star and all of a sudden, she's a country singer. well, not completely. but this album is very country influenced, with the use of steel guitar in "cleveland" and "love me just leave me alone," as well as the country-tinged sound of "til we run out of road." this influence came out of left-feild, as neither "pieces of you" nor "spirit" contained any kind of country sound in them. i personally am not a fan of country, but it actually works on this album. actually, i would consider this album her second best behind "spirit." it has, once again, a group of well-written songs, including "jesus loves you," a politically charged song with lyrics disecting religious extremists, which also has a very catchy melody, and "do you want to play?" the lyrics of which still have me wondering if jewel had a lesbian fling. it's hard to explain why, but this album is just really, really catchy.
DarcyNJ More than 1 year ago
LOVE, LOVE THIS CD. PLAY IT ALL THE TIME>
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jewel is a really good singer. I bought this CD, in the midst of getting hooked on Standing Still. I wasn't sure what any of the other songs were like, and I'll admit it. It's nothing like Standing Still or from 0304:Intuition. But to me, it wasn't a let down. I really enjoyed (obviously Standing Still), Serve the Ego, Cleveland, and Do You Want To Play? I don't know why, but those songs I could listen to over and over again. Their just simply addicting. I've never heard a singer like Jewel, besides Alanis Morrissette, who I would say has a small resemblance to Jewel. I really liked her cd and am eager to see what all 4 of her other cds will be like. Hopefully just as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. I love this CD so much. Every song , every word. I would buy it again any day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album rawks !! i haven't been exactly a fan of Jewel until this album. It's a must listen !! check out the lyrics of the songs.. a refreshing change from the ''i love you, you don't love me'' of Pop music..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been able to listen to ''Standing Still'', ''Jesus Loves You'', and ''Everybody Needs Somebody Sometime'' which are songs on her new album. I love Standing Still so far it is the best! Her album has alot of funk, and rhythm, her lyrics are catchy and thought provocative in ''Jesus Loves You'', and a Country Rock n Roll sound in ''Everybody needs somebody sometime'' that will get into your boots.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beside the fact that her previous music was lyrically challenged, and that will probably never change because of Jewels seemingly naive attitude toward life. Her new album, however, makes all listeners, even those who are not so fond of jewel, that the beat can do anything... With her ''ballad'' ''Break Me,'' we are brought back that simple love melody about being in love.... reminds me of an old favorite a few of you may know as ''Foolish Games.'' Her other songs, ''Till we Run Out Of Road,'' ''This Way,'' ''Standing Still'' all keep a great beat and keep the listener tuned in. Although not every song on the album is incredible, 14 songs gets you your moneys worth. Its no wonder that Jewel is probably the most well respected performer of our time (aside of britney spears thats is--- joke).... you will definitely enjoy this latest, eclectic group of jewels real live performance, refines, retuned, and recorded....for everyones listening pleasure..... here we go again... jewels going to get at the top again.... i hope she enjoys this.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you think of Jewel you think of coffee shop ballads and witty political satires. At least this is what her first two records lead you to believe. With ''This Way'' Jewel brakes the mold of the other two albums and really gives the listener a whirlwind of excitment! Every song is packed with raw emotion and professonal working. It really sounds like Jewel put her heart and soul into this record. It is by far her best ever and a MUST BUY!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I met Jewel was in Paris, in 1997, at the "Reservoir" Venue. I remember it like it was yesterday, it happened on February 9th. She was there to promote her sophomore album "Spirit". Paris symbolized the very beginning of her European tour. Her way of going on the stage and from the very first notes of "Down So Long", i knew I was going to listen to an extremely gifted singer, which is so rare in the world of music nowadays. And I was right : the whole gig was up to our expectations and she showed the full extent of her talent, which we can describe as pure and extremely rich, whether she is alone on stage with her guitar or with a full band. Great moment ! What comes to my mind when I think of her is, apart from her particular voice, her lyrics, which are strikingly true to life, and imbued with such soundness. She has that particular way of staring at the spectator, softly, smoothly. She sings in a reserved way, modestly... Now it is evident that Jewel is a charismatic character whom you cannot forget once the lights are off. I used to consider her as a country-folk singer, like Emmylou Harris or Shawn Colvin, now she's far more than that. I used to know only her music (by heart, of course), now I try to know more about her, I wanted to discover the secret of her talent at all costs. Was it a pact with the devil ? A secrete alliance ? Medicine's benevolence ?A genetic mystery ? A divine bliss ? I wanted to figure out why this girl was so different from the others, and especially why she attracted me like a magnet. From then on, I started piling up all I could find about her, books, cds, excavations, websites, concerts...everything ! I would never see the end of it. And the more I was trying to understand, the more I was dumbfounded by what I would find out about her. How such a young girl could have such a rich story ? When she was young, she used to be poor, she used to live in Alaska, far from the torments and temptations of the city. Little Jewel grew up without electricity, nor hot water, so she used to write to heal her wounds. her parents then got divorced, so she headed for California - where she used to live in a caravan - to join her mother and live with her. She then played in bars, streets, wherever it was possible, to devote herself to her passion of music et earn a few coins. That's how she used to view her life : no real ambition, nor big revolt, just a peaceful life. She only wanted to be a singer, she did not even think of being famous. Anyway, the young lady with an angel voice became a star almost overnight. Her first album, "pieces of you" sold 11 million copies. And everything continued from there. But jewel has a strong charater but still has her feet firmly planted on the ground. After 5 continuous years at the top of the charts, overwhelmed with rewards (literary, musical, cinematographic) and finally acknowledged by musicians such as Bob Dylan or Neil Young whom she opened gigs for, she was exhausted and decided to put her career on hold and reminisce with her childhood. It was time to stand back from all this and find her way. Everything went so quickly. Her long-awaited new album, soberly entitled "This way" displays a new jewel who now became a woman. Though her concerns have not changed, she has an enriched outlook on life thanks to her past experiences. jewel herself wrote all the songs on this album, with no exceptions. her new songs are less introspective and definitely the most committed ones of her career. There is no room for ambiguity for this artist who doesn't mince her words but who has the privilege to have a natural sense of music and poetry. Though more pop and less folk, this album follows up on the heels of her previous records, even if one can be baffled by the first listening. Indeed, this is the very first time that Jewel co-produced a record. For this one, she appealed to Dann Huff, a renowned guitar
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Jewel finished up with her spirit tour, and word was put out about this cd, I couldnt wait to get it. I never imagined that it would be this good. ''This Way'' shows Jewels diversity and her talent. She is the best out there. We knew she could rock....this just proves it! If you don't have this....you are missing out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have been waiting for a new jewel album to come out and now that she has i am excited to listen to her latest songs. it is a very well written song and i love the way her voice still sounds great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD so much - its been in my car CD player since 2002!!! As always, beautiful lyrics with her sultry voice - just an amazing album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jewel is the best singer in the world and this fourth CD of hers is just as wonderful and amazing as the others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
to get a taste of real life stories in song. She is such a talented folk singer and she is diverse in her styles of music as well. I love that about this album...the diversity of the songs she put together. I think that the public doesn't give her enough publicity, but, then, she doesn't need to rely on acceptance by the media when she does fine on her own. I will always be a Jewel fan and will continue to buy all the cds she creates. I love her honesty and her emotion in her songs that she wrote (all of the songs by the way). I also have read her book of poetry, ''A night without armour''...I highly recommend that as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WHAT DO I HAVE TO SAY BESIDES IT'S MUSIC FROM JEWEL!!!!! ''THIS WAY'' HAS AWESOME LOVE SONGS ON IT AND ROCKING ROCK SONGS! EVERYONE SHOULD DEFINATELY BUY THIS ALBUM WHEN IT COMES OUT! JEWEL KICKS AS*!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I am probabaly the biggest Jewel fan there ever is and ever will be! This album, unlike her others, is very intrumental, it is not the typical Jewel and acoustic guitar duo. But, the sound on this album is incredible. My favorite song on this album would have to be '''Till we run out of road'' it is such a great song. I can't wait for Jewel to come out with something new! Every CD she releases there are more surprises!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Jewel delivers beautiful music and meaningful lyrics. The album is just as refreshing as previous releases and has a catchy, country sound. Jewel's depth of emotion, sincerity and overall hopefulness continue to separate her from the mainstream.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jewel's new CD This Way literally has a song for every type of person. Each song has a different meaning as well as a different style. There are beautiful slow ballads, some jammy faster songs, as well as some great new country songs she included! Her style and method of writing music shines through in this album and is a great release after a couple of years off the charts!