The last time we all saw Jewel, she was hot. Not hot, like beautiful-hot, the sort of earthy-granola beauty that Jewel fans had come to expect.

The last time we all saw Jewel, she was hot. Not hot, like beautiful-hot, the sort of earthy-granola beauty that Jewel fans had come to expect. It was more of a "I'm a naughty firefighter" hot, as she pranced in red vinyl shorts and a white tank top in the video for "Intuition," the hit from her last album, "0304."

The whole look was a bit of a departure for Jewel, to say the least, and one that seemed to confuse her audience. But on "Again and Again," the first single from her new album, "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland," she leaves behind the synth-driven dance-pop of "Intuition" in favor of the sincere ruminations and guitar licks that her fans have come to expect.

The 13 tracks chronologically survey the artist's journey from the plains of Alaska to the streets of Los Angeles and the complexities that have marked each step. Jewel says "Goodbye" is "the most autobiographical work I have made" since her first record.

"This record is a chronicle of my life, from being raised in isolation on a ranch to seeing Hollywood for the first time to the elixir of being signed to a label and going on a wild journey," she says. "Now, I'm looking at it full circle, living on a ranch in Stephenville, Texas." The singer says she spent a lot of time sequencing it, "like a novel with a beginning, middle and end, so that it tells a story."