Picks and Pans Review: One Left Shoe

updated 04/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Steve Poltz

Poltz's solo debut album is at least witty and musical enough to lift him from the shadow of his former girlfriend Jewel. As the cowriter of her 1996 hit "You Were Meant for Me," he has been best known for his appearance in her video for that tune, even though he was also a cofounder of the Rugburns.

Poltz's often wry and pining tunes evoke the work of one of his idols, Rickie Lee Jones, as well as that of Loudon Wainwright III. He is supported on this album by keyboardist Benmont Tench, accordionist Van Dyke Parks, drummer Jim Keltner and even the old girl herself, Jewel, who adds vocal harmonies on two tracks. Sense of humor is not the strong point of many pop singers, and it's refreshing to find one performer who can laugh at himself a little. (Mercury)

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