Aaron Badgley from Allmusic gave the album a mixed review, saying "The CD sounds formulaic and overproduced by Chris Thomas. He seems to steer Marcella into mid-'90s dance grooves, which does not always fit her own distinctive sound ... When she is left alone and not "produced," the results are stunning." Johnny Huston of Entertainment Weekly also gave Jewel a mixed review, stating "Branching away from her work with Shakespear's Sister, her solo debut Jewel suffers from drab Motown and Sly Stone covers and from a Godfather of Soul impression that's more embarrassing than subversive.
"I Believe" was released as the lead single in February 1994, and reached #11 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also found similar success internationally, peaking at #10 in Australia, and #24 in Ireland. In 2005, the song was covered by German singer Joana Zimmer, who released it as her debut single. Ironically, the song was more successful in some territories than the original. The second single, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", a duet with Elton John, was originally included on John's album Duets, and was released as a single in May 1994. The song peaked at #24 in the UK. The third single "I'm No Angel" peaked at #33, and the fourth, "Perfect World", at #134.