What happens when an artist watches her album sales dwindle with each successive release? If you are Jewel, you hook up with Über-pop producer Lester A. Mendez (Shakira, among others) and repla

What happens when an artist watches her album sales dwindle with each successive release? If you are Jewel, you hook up with über-pop producer Lester A. Mendez (Shakira, among others) and replace your Birkenstocks with Manolo Blahniks. Yes, O304 marks a huge change in direction—musically and sartorially—for the artist. And it appears to be paying off. Buoyant lead single "Intuition" is proving to be the radio hit that so eluded Jewel's 2001 set, This Way. In fact, 0304 is home to several safe, radio-ready songs, particularly "2 Become 1" (which the singer

co-penned with Guy Chambers), "Stand," and "Doin' Fine." Unfortunately, except for the hypnotic "Haunted" and jangly "Sweet Temptation," nothing here is as career-defining as previous hits "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games." But that may not matter for those just arriving at Jewel's table.—MP