Concert review: Jewel at the Lyric Opera House
Sun writer Chris Kaltenbach was at last night's Jewel show. Here is a link to a photo gallery from last night. And here is the review:
When Jewel asked the crowd at the Lyric last night what songs they wanted to hear, there was no shortage of replies.
"Satellite," from 2006’s "Goodbye Alice In Wonderland," seemed the crowd favorite, but plenty of other suggestions came pouring out of the audience, songs running the gamut of her career, some not even yet on any of her studio albums.
"It's very cool," she said, complimenting her Baltimore audience on their extensive knowledge. "I like my fans."
Well, her fans like her, too. And for good reason.
For about two hours, the Alaskan-born singer-songwriter regaled them with beautifully sung acoustic versions of both her hits ("Hands," "Who Will Save Your Soul?") and songs only her true fans knew beforehand ...
Beginning with a passionate take on "Over the Rainbow," included on her latest album, "Lullaby," Jewel played to her strengths. Her voice clear, her storytelling both charming and often self-deprecating, she charmed, crooned and otherwise captivated the crowd.
The evening was vintage Jewel: intimate, satisfying and, when an 11 p.m. curfew forced her to wrap for the evening, over far too soon.
One note: From the stage, Jewel took exception to the introduction to my interview with her that ran Sunday. She was not, she said, dropped by her record label. Rather, she said, she had an album of country music to put out (2007’s "Perfectly Clear"), and Atlantic doesn’t do country albums.
(Photo by Chris Kaltenbach)