London EC1 Barbican Theatre

Every day is a winding road, you know, love is a flame....

EVERY DAY IS A WINDING ROAD, YOU KNOW, LOVE IS A FLAME. Apparently, though, we're all "gonna be OK", because Jewel has had a conference with God, and she knows these things.

'Spirit' - yeuch! - is the Alaskan singer-songwriter's second LP, and her proclivity for syrupy platitudes can no longer be blamed on her barefaced farm-girl naivety. Jewel should have now seen enough of the world to know it isn't really like a fabric softener ad, and surely her brushes with the grubby flesh of rock'n'roll (Flea Chili Pepper plays bass on 'Barcelona') must have sullied her fwuffy wittle bubble.

No chance. This is a woman who can sing, "pooh pooh pi do" with a straight face. Someone who insists on warbling about how much she really wants to fly. With the Lord as her co-pilot. See, "We are given to God to bear our faith therein/But to be forgiven we must first believe in sin" ('Innocence Maintained'). 'Spirit' has about as much power to convert as a string of Sheryl Crow B-sides.

Even Jewel's holy chum in the firmament, if He has any taste at all, will look upon this album and see that it is evil. Nevertheless, it will sell millions.

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