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The July 21, 1997, cover of TIME
Cover Credit: HERB RITTS

Twenty years after its release, Jewel’s album Pieces of You—featuring hits like “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “Foolish Games”—seems like a key piece of 1995-iana.

But, in 1995, when the album dropped, what TIME had to say about it was…nothing.

As the magazine noted when the singer-songwriter made the cover a few years later, the record that had by then sold more than 5 million copies had at first gone nowhere. It took years of touring for word of mouth to make the difference. By that time, she wasn’t just a star in her own right. She was the face of a trend, as female singers caught the attention of the country. As TIME put it:

Read the full 1997 Jewel cover story, here in the TIME Vault: Jewel and the Gang

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