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 Moment of Funny: "Race Car Driver" (the song plus the attached story)
  • Ear Worm: "Stay Here Forever".
  • Narm: The titular song for "Pieces of You" had some weird lines, "You say he's a Jew, as though being born were a sin. Oh Jew, oh Jew, do you hate him Cause he's pieces of you?" And it's preceded with "ugly girl" "pretty girl" and "faggot" pretty much the same way.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Largely averted, surprisingly enough. 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.