YMMV: Jewel

  • Anvilicious - "Pieces Of You" (the song) almost literally beats you over the head with its anti-prejudice message. Granted, it's a good message. But, dear Lord, does the song find a forcefully ugly way of preaching it.
  • Broken Base - Some of her fans react in a horrified fashion when she breaks into a different genre of music.
    • Most notably 0304 and again when she switched to a more country sound.
  • Critical Backlash - Particularly seen with 0304, despite its commercial success
  • Critical Dissonance - Critics gave Pieces Of You mostly lukewarm reviews, but that didn't stop the album from selling more than 10 million copies in the US alone and granting Jewel a Grammy nomination for "Best New Artist." The album has, since, been somewhat Vindicated by History as described below.
  • Crowning Momentof Funny - Race Car Driver (the song plus the attached story)
  • Deader Than Disco: 0304 and more specifically, the song Intuition and how it was licensed to Schick for use in razor commercials. The resulting backlash put a big dent in her career; The commercial performance of her subsequent work has not come close to matching what it was before 0304.
  • Ear Worm: "Stay Here Forever".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Mostly averted. Despite the sweet/gentle nature of her music and singing voice, she often delves into some pretty dark and ugly topics (death, parental abandonment, etc.) in her songs. Good luck finding a better aversion of this trope than "Daddy."
  • Tear Jerker: "Adrian".
  • Vindicated by History: Pieces Of You, upon release, garnered mostly So Okay, It's Average reviews from critics and was largely ignored by the public. However, the album quickly shot to the top of the charts a whole two years later after "Who Will Save Your Soul?" became a radio staple. The album continued to sell like hotcakes, eventually reaching Diamond certification in the United States (a rare feat for any album, let alone a debut). Critics have also retrospectively given the album more favorable reviews, with SputnikMusic giving it a 5 Star "Classic" rating in a 2011 review and AllMusic Guide also retrospectively reviewing the album positively.