Jewel (Marcella Detroit album)

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Studio album by Marcella Detroit
Released 22 March 1994 (1994-03-22)
Genre Rock, Pop
Label London, Polydor K.K.
Producer Chris 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[2]

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


  • 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, 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.


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 Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Silver 60,000[10]

^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". 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". Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Marcella Detroit – Jewel". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Jewel in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  10. ^ "BPI Awards Search". Retrieved 2012-12-01.