0304

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0304
Jewel - 0304.png
Studio album by Jewel
Released June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)
Recorded Conway Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre
Length 53:25
Label Atlantic
Producer
Jewel chronology
This Way
(2001)This Way2001
0304
(2003)
Goodbye Alice in Wonderland
(2006)Goodbye Alice in Wonderland2006
Alternative cover
European cover
European cover
Singles from 0304
  1. "Intuition"
    Released: May 6, 2003
  2. "Stand"
    Released: October 14, 2003
  3. "2 Become 1"
    Released: December 16, 2003

0304 is the fifth studio album by American singer Jewel. It was released on June 3, 2003 by Atlantic Records. Inspired by the sudden success of scoring a number one on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart with "Serve the Ego"—the final single from her previous album, This Way—in early November 2002, Jewel decided to make a radical departure from her previous folk-oriented musical efforts and recorded a dance album.

Background[edit]

Within the liner notes to 0304, Jewel includes a note to her fans, explaining, "This album may seem different to you."[1] According to Jewel, the album is a result of her desire to create a "modern interpretation of big band music. A record that (is) lyric-driven, like Cole Porter stuff, that also has a lot of swing...that combined dance, urban, and folk music."[1] For the album, Jewel teamed with the producers Lester Mendez (Shakira, Enrique Iglesias) and Rick Nowels (Madonna).[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[3]
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B−[6]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[2]
Q 3.5/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[9]
Stylus Magazine C[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

0304 received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 63, based on nine reviews.[4] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic stated that "it's the first album of hers that's a sheer pleasure to hear", while noting "[she] includes a note to her fans, explaining, 'This album may seem different to you,' which is putting it mildly", to convey the surprising, yet pleasing modern sound.[1] Erlewine also wrote that "she puts herself out on the line more than she ever has, and she's come up with her best record, with her best set of songs and best music yet."[1] Ron Slomowicz from About.com declared that "the album is balanced by dance pop that you would expect to hear on a Britney album."[3] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine was also positive, writing that "the album breaks little musical ground and is, in fact, more pop than electronica, but it also presents one of the most startling—yet oddly fitting—transformations in pop history."[9] Cinquemani also compared the album to Madonna's Ray of Light (1998) and American Life (2003).[9] Barry Walters from Rolling Stone agreed with Cinquemani and wrote that the album "is essentially a wanna-be version of Madonna's American Life."[8] Walters also wrote that "she's found herself an artificial flavor that tastes good."[8] A positive review also came from Uncut, who wrote that "the tunes are stunning, her voice has never sounded better and she makes serious points few others would dare in a pop context."[11] Brian Hiatt from Entertainment Weekly opined that the "unexpected dance-pop vibrancy makes it Jewel's best album."[6]

The album also received some mixed reviews, with some critics criticizing the change of style adopted on the album. Alexis Petridis from The Guardian wrote, "Like Robbie Williams's Escapology, 0304 virtually knocks itself out in its attempts to win over the US public", while commenting that she looks "desperate and "uncomfortable" on the album.[2] Darryl Sterdan from Jam! ironically said that the album "isn't going to save her soul—or anyone else's."[12] Caroline Bansal from musicOMH described the album as "an enjoyable 54 minutes of pop, full of catchy, chirpy songs, proving Jewel's ear candy as well as eye candy credentials. The album could be the soundtrack of a summer's day at the beach, or for getting ready for a girly night out."[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

0304 became the highest-debuting album of Jewel's career, entering the Billboard 200 at number two with 144,000 copies sold in its first week.[14] It earned a gold certification from Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) one month after its release, on July 14, 2003,[15] and had sold over 771,000 copies in the United States as of June 2010.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jewel Kilcher and Lester Mendez, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stand"   3:13
2. "Run 2 U"   3:38
3. "Intuition"   3:49
4. "Leave the Lights On"   3:22
5. "2 Find U"   3:16
6. "Fragile Heart"
  • Kilcher
  • Anthony Bell
3:33
7. "Doin' Fine"   3:14
8. "2 Become 1"
4:40
9. "Haunted"   4:52
10. "Sweet Temptation"
4:09
11. "Yes U Can"   4:01
12. "U & Me = Love"   3:36
13. "America"   3:40
14. "Becoming"   4:22

Notes

  • The UK edition has the same cover art as that of the edition released in the rest of Europe, but is otherwise identical to the main release.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of 0304.[17]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[32] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[33] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 771,000[16]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United States[34] June 3, 2003 Atlantic
Japan[35] June 11, 2003 Warner
Australia June 23, 2003
Germany[36] September 1, 2003
United Kingdom[37] Atlantic
Australia February 9, 2004 (tour edition) Warner

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Petridis, Alexis (August 22, 2003). "Jewel: 0304". The Guardian. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Slomowicz, DJ Ron. "Jewel – 0304 CD Review". About.com. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "0304 – Jewel". Metacritic. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jewel: 0304". Blender. No. 17. p. 142. ISSN 1534-0554. 
  6. ^ a b Hiatt, Brian (June 20, 2003). "0304". Entertainment Weekly. No. 715. p. 71. ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Jewel: 0304". Q. November 2003. p. 117. ISSN 0955-4955. 
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  9. ^ a b c Cinquemani, Sal (June 6, 2003). "Jewel: 0304". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ Burns, Todd (September 1, 2003). "Jewel – 0304". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on October 7, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "Jewel – 0304". Uncut. October 2003. p. 114. ISSN 1368-0722. Archived from the original on August 7, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ Sterdan, Darryl (June 5, 2003). "Jewel: 0304". Jam!. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  13. ^ Bansal, Caroline. "Jewel – 0304". musicOMH. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  14. ^ Martens, Todd (June 11, 2003). "Metallica Rages With Chart-Topping 'Anger'". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
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