Save The Linoleum (1995)
Awful, Bizarre Atlantic Promo CD
Personally? Can’t stand her. Which is why this promo-only release is such a great listen. Long before Jewel was embraced at radio, Atlantic Records sent out Save the Linoleum to promote her debut album, Pieces Of You. But later, the label attempted to “recall” this CD – as if that was even possible. One listen and you’ll hear why. In the opener, the non-LP “God’s Gift To Women,” Jewel pounds out a tuneless riff, references her “nice tits” and tosses in a “motherfucker” just for the heck of it. To intro the live track, “I’m Sensitive,” she insensitively tells an audience member to “shut up,” then apologizes cloyingly. The chorus to the abysmal “Race Car Driver,” features a vocal so curious, and so annoying, that we must collectively thank her for never revisiting it. This isn’t some clandestine live bootleg that happened to filter out. This was someone’s clumsy attempt to promote a new artist. Save The Linoleum (save for the two radio-friendly LP cuts) is like a bad accident that simply demands your attention. Amazon‘s got some.
God’s Gift To Women
I’m Sensitive (Live Version)
Who Will Save Your Soul (LP Version)
Race Car Driver
I’m Sensitive (LP Version)