Jewel became a star 20 years ago with her debut album, Pieces of You, which included the hit “Who Will Save Your Soul.” Now she’s coming back with a follow-up to that album, to be titled Picking Up the Pieces. A preview video for the album can seen below.
As the title suggests, the new album is referential in nature. According to Rolling Stone, which confirmed the news about the new collection, Jewel wanted to return to the stripped-down folk style of her first album after two decades of events that included giving birth to her son, divorcing her husband and dabbling in country and music for kids.
“My focus for this CD was to forget everything I have learned about the music business the last 20 years and get back to what my bones have to say about songs and words and feeling and meaning,” Jewel wrote on her blog.
“I let go of genre, radio, trend, current events, and clever strategies. I let go of it all — which was no small feet as those voices are so deeply penetrating after 20 years of doing this professionally. It took real effort to clear my thoughts and have no rules and just create.”
Jewel produced the new 14-song album in Nashville, working with session artists that include Neil Young drummer Chad Cromwell, a gesture made to the memory of Ben Keith, whom she worked with on Pieces of You. Keith, who died in 2010, worked regularly with Young.
Picking Up the Pieces will be available September 11 on Sugar Hill Records and can be pre-ordered here.