Single Review: Jewel – “Intuition”

“Intuition” was the lead-off single for Jewel’s album, 0304. From the first moment you hear the accordion and “record skips” in the beginning of the song, you know that this is not going to be a “typical” Jewel song. The song is more “dance-friendly” than many of her previous singles, and this sound is a refreshing change of pace.

Lyrically, “Intuition” is about following your intuition and your heart, because they won’t lead you wrong; the lyrics of the song even manage to “name drop” a couple of celebrities (Kate Moss and Charlie Sheen). I like the message that the lyrics of the song have to convey to the listener, and I believe that “Intuition” is one of the best songs Jewel released after the success of the Pieces of You album.

The live acoustic version of “Standing Still” that appears as the B-side of this single was recorded in 2002. I felt that this performance lost most of the energy that was on the original recording, especially when Jewel hits the chorus; however, the performance does improve a bit right near the end of the song. While this live performance wasn’t necessarily bad, it could have been a bit stronger. I’m grateful that Jewel’s record label included a B-side on this single, instead of opting to release it as a one-track CD.

Overall, this is a decent single, and is worth the investment if you like “Intuition,” but are hesitant to buy the album because you haven’t heard anything else from it. In my opinion, “Intuition” was one of the best songs Jewel had released in several years at the time this single was released.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of the “Intuition” CD single that my husband and I purchased.

(written by Lesley Aeschliman on August 12, 2003)


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