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A night without armor poems
Jewel, 1974-
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Publication Information:
New York : Harper Audio, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (approximately 70 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:

Compact disc.
Format :
Audiobook on CD


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PS3560.E888 N55 1998C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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Part of the charm of Jewel's debut album Pieces of You was her sweet, girlish naiveté. Charm can quickly turn into an irritant if not tempered with wit and style, and that's part of the problem with A Night Without Armor: Poems by Jewel. The album is an audio companion to her poetry book by the same title, and both suffer from the same problem -- namely, Jewel is not a very good poet. When set to music, her words have an innocence that is quite beguiling, but when recited or read, her poetry seems childish and a little silly. That should be expected from an author so young, and it is true that a few poems show promise, but it's hard to erase the impression that you're reading the awkward musings in your little sister's diary. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Library Journal Review

For people who don't regularly follow MTV (which unfortunately includes most of those who listen to poetry), Jewel will seem to have sprung up out of nowhere. But the 23-year-old Alaska native has four albums to her credit and several web sites. A veteran of the coffee-house scene around San Diego, she brings to mind those New York spots of the late 1950s, where Dylan Thomas played and where there was an open poetry mike. Moreover, Jewel's poems are reasonably good. Sure, there are too many prepositions and some clichéd images; an attempt to be philosophical is laughable; and many "poems" are nothing more than fragments. But a lot of the material is also straightforward and deeply honest, e.g., "I am told I am adored by millions, but no one calls." Certainly, she's as good as Leonard Cohen and deserves serious attention from poetry lovers. Released simultaneously as a book, CD, and cassette.‘Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.