#20 Jewel - Standing Still 12/24 Score: 8.560 My Score: 8.5 Highest: 11 x 2 (@Sprockrooster, @berserkboi) 10 x 10 (@theincredibleflipper, @soratami, @yeRleDanaL, @fatyoshi, @unnameable, @pop3blow2, @Pineapple, @ohnostalgia, @Slice of Life, @londonrain) Lowest: 4.5 x 1 (@Hurricane Drunk) 5 x 2 (@Blond, @phily693) Standing Still was the first single from Jewel's third studio album This Way. It was released in 2001 and charted at #25 in the US. She wrote the song after the release of her previous album, Spirit, while taking a break from her music career. In an interview backstage at the 2001 My VH1 Music Awards she explained the meaning behind the song: "It's about the irony of how much a person travels in my job, and how it can really cause your emotional life to stand still. Fame really tolerates a prolonged adolescence, and your fame and career can outgrow your ability to handle it. You can get really spoiled, and I wanted to get away from that and make sure I wasn't standing still." @Memoria (6.5) - The intro tricked me into thinking this would be something a bit moodier but sadly it never lived up to expectations. Another appropriate song title. @DJHazey (6.75) - Not really sparking much interest in me but her voice is enough to make boring sound passable. @livefrommelbs (8) - I never realised this was Jewel! This is nice. @saviodxl (9.5) - Although she established herself as a countrystar, it's her attempts at being a popstar that got her some attention from me. Like in this track. @unnameable (10) - After two albums of mixed brilliance and filler, this was the first time I heard Jewel and loved the opening few tracks of an album. “This Way” and “0304” are her best era. @Pineapple (10) - Jewel’s voice is stunning, there’s an emotive quality about it that is pure gold. An anthem. @berserkboi (11) - Jewel representation is always endorsed in Berserky World! EDIT: Putting my 11 support here I think! @Sprockrooster (11) - Jewel has a special place in my heart. No matter what people say, but this is her best song. Back when I made own made tapes from radio rips this was actually the one which I taped the most. I was deeply in love with it and it just breathes nostalgia’s and high school feelings. There is something so powerfully captivating in those opening instrumentals and vocals. She really draws you into an emotional rollercoaster. A masterclass in writing. Not only an 11, but also an 11-contender for any early 00’s song.