Jars Of Clay

Jars Of ClaySo, here it is. My first conscious alternative music purchase. I suppose that honor could be bestowed upon the Finn album, but I bought that on the fine reputation of the artists concerned. I heard the single “Flood” from Jars of Clay on a long business trip (the alternative-ish radio station in Fayetteville was the only one that wasn’t driving me up the wall with redneck clichè) without realizing who had done the song. Now I’ve found the CD. And I’m amazed. These guys border on – hang on to your hats – Christian alternative! It wasn’t until I listened to all the words again that it dawned on me. In places, it’s obvious, and in others the references are quite subtle indeed. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this. But that aside, these guys are 4 out of 4great! In a way, their sound reminds me of a very raw incarnation of the Move, the avant-garde 60s band that spawned ELO. A small string section in nearly every number confers a bit of dignity to the otherwise raw, “alternative” atmosphere of acoustic guitars and some excellent vocal harmonies. I very highly recommend this.

Order this CD

  1. Liquid (3:31)
  2. Sinking (3:48)
  3. Love Song for a Savior (4:46)
  4. Like a Child (4:35)
  5. Art In Me (3:58)
  6. He (5:17)
  7. Boy on a String (3:30)
  8. Flood (3:33)
  9. Worlds Apart (5:18)
  10. Blind (3:59)

Released by: Silvertone
Release date: 1995
Total running time: 65:39