Jewel Goodbye Alice in Wonderland! (Atlantic) Jewel's sixth studio album is 'like a novel with a beginning, middle and an end', she says in the liner notes. It's also the story of her life. So far, so conservative. The description, to which the singer adds that each song was sequenced to set up the next, foretells a traditional rags-to-riches tale, with, of course, the usual dose of disillusionment accompanying the success born of starry-eyed dreams. The journey starts in lonely Alaska, from where Jewel hails, although the first track, Again and Again, is non-specific enough to apply to anywhere. The catchiest of the disc's 13 songs, it is, like much of the collection, about love - realised, cherished, thwarted and lost. Returning to the clear folk/pop sound that made Jewel sparkle 11 years ago with the release of her debut, Pieces of You, her sixth album wisely avoids reference to 2003's panned dance offering 0304, although she resurrects one song, Fragile Heart. The decision to include it among originals, however, seems like a conscious effort to face up to past wrongs, and although better the second time around, it still ranks - with the awkward rock ditty Satellite - among the weakest offerings. At the stronger end are the largely acoustic numbers, including the title track, a literal description of the singer's brush with the rock'n'roll cliche of hitting the bottom when she reached the top. Along the same lines, but with more of a country atmosphere, is Stephenville, TX, which tells of Jewel and her daddy ('he taught music to me'), Jewel and her boyfriend (the reason for her move to Stephenville), and Jewel the 'modern-day troubadour trying to find justice with six strings'. Suffice to say that, if you're attracted to the authentic Jewel, you should find gems here.