Jewel (Marcella Detroit album)

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Studio album by
Released22 March 1994 (1994-03-22)
GenreR&B, pop, rock
LabelLondon, Polydor K.K.
ProducerChris Thomas
Marcella Detroit chronology
Singles from Feeler
  1. "I Believe"
    Released: 28 February 1994
  2. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
    Released: 2 May 1994
  3. "I'm No Angel"
    Released: 4 July 1994
  4. "Perfect World"
    Released: 6 March 1995

Jewel is the second studio album by American singer Marcella Detroit, and her first since leaving band Shakespears Sister. It was released in March 1994 under London Records to moderate commercial success.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly(B-)[2]

Aaron Badgley from Allmusic gave the album a retrospective 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."[1] 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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
1."Jewel"Marcella Detroit4:13
2."I Believe"Detroit4:52
3."Perfect World"Detroit4:52
4."Art of Melancholy"Detroit4:27
5."James Brown"Detroit4:46
7."Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (with Elton John)Ashford & Simpson3:55
8."I'm No Angel"Detroit4:14
9."I Want to Take You Higher"Sly Stone3:31
10."You Don't Tell Me Everything"Detroit3:37
11."Cool People"Detroit3:32
12."Out of My Mind"Lance Aston4:23
13."Prima Donna"Detroit1:56


  • Marcella Detroit - vocals
  • Phil Manzanera - guitar
  • Phil Spalding - bass, backing vocals
  • Chuck Sabo - drums
  • Matthew Vaughan - programming


  • Jools Holland - piano, Hammond organ
  • Chris Thomas - keyboards, percussion, drum programming, flute
  • James Sinclair - guitar
  • Gavin Wright, George Robertson, Harry Montague-Mason, Jim Mcleod - strings
  • Anthony Cleeth - cello
  • David Theodore - oboe


"I Believe" was released as the lead single in February 1994, and reached #11 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] The song also found similar success internationally, peaking at #10 in Australia, and #24 in Ireland.[4][5] In 2005, the song was covered by German singer Joana Zimmer as her debut single, and 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.

Jewel: The Original Demo Recordings[edit]

In 2014, Detroit independently released a compilation of the original demos recorded for the album. The 15 tracks comprise the demos for 9 of the 13 album tracks, demos for 4 b-sides, and two unreleased songs: "Second Class Citizen" and "Love And Destruction". The version of "Prima Donna" is an extended version with additional lyrics.

Track listing
  1. "Art Of Melancholy" (4:26)
  2. "Break The Chain" (3:46)
  3. "Cool People" (3:36)
  4. "Crucify Me" (3:49)
  5. "Detroit" (4:16)
  6. "I Believe" (4:33)
  7. "I'm No Angel" (4:10)
  8. "Jewel" (2:55)
  9. "Love And Destruction" (3:54)
  10. "Monday Morning" (4:08)
  11. "Perfect World" (5:20)
  12. "Second Class Citizen" (4:08)
  13. "You Don't Tell Me Everything" (3:38)
  14. "You Own The Moon" (4:18)
  15. "Prima Donna" (2:46)


Chart (2011) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[6] 53
Swedish Albums Chart[7] 32
Swiss Albums Chart[8] 18
UK Albums Chart[3] 15


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 60,000[9]

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Badgley, Aaron. "Jewel - Marcella Detroit : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  2. ^ a b Huston, Johnny. "Jewel - Marcella Detroit Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  3. ^ a b "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 Asher D – Dyverse". Archived from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  4. ^ "Marcella Detroit - I Believe - Australian charts". Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  5. ^ "Irish Charts > Marcella Detroit". Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  7. ^ "Marcella Detroit - Jewel at". Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  8. ^ "Marcella Detroit - Jewel at". Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  9. ^ "BPI Awards Search". Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Marcella Detroit – Jewel". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Jewel in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.