Jewel has just finished up work on her latest album and says it was a very personal undertaking.
"Goodbye Alice in Wonderland is no fairy tale, but still a strange tale indeed," Jewel says on her official website. "It is the story of my lifeůfrom the extreme solitude of Alaska, to my first trip to Hollywood. From my rise to fame, to the clich» crisis of betrayals by those closest and most dearly trusted."
She goes on to say that the record is her most autobiographical since her 1994 debut, Pieces of You. "I spent a lot of time sequencing it, so that each song sets up the next, like a novel with a beginning, middle, and an end. By the end of the 13th song, if you have listened closely, you will have heard the story of the sirens' song that seduced me, of a path I both followed and led, of bizarre twists and turns that opened my eyes, forcing me to find solutions so that my loss of innocence would not lead to a loss of hope until, ultimately, the path turned back on itself, leading me closer to where I began; a ranch, this time in Stephenville, Texas, where I find myself delivered from the magic forest. Not broken, just more myself."
The singer-songwriter gained fame in the 90s with a soulful folk-pop style on tunes such as "Who Will Save Your Soul," "You Were Meant for Me," and "Foolish Games."
Goodbye Alice will be the follow up to her 2003 album, 0304, for which she underwent a huge image change, going from the folksy singer-songwriter aesthetic of her first few releases to a more pop-influenced sound and style.
The first single from Goodbye Alice, "Again and Again," will be released on February 27th.
Writer: Michelle Garcia