Jars Of Clay - Jars 20: Much Afraid (Acoustic)

Published Thursday 15th May 2014
Jars Of Clay - Jars 20: Much Afraid (Acoustic)
Jars Of Clay - Jars 20: Much Afraid (Acoustic)

STYLE: Rock
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 150244-21889
LABEL: StageIt
FORMAT: Digital Only EP

Reviewed by Danny McMartin

It's quite the achievement to stay together as a group for over two decades, yet that's exactly what Jars Of Clay have achieved. From meeting in college to touring the world they have been a staple part of the alternative pop rock Christian music scene. To commemorate this milestone Jars Of Clay have been performing special online shows via StageIt.com for fans and this EP offers acoustic renditions of some of the songs from their classic 1997 studio album 'Much Afraid'. With many acoustic albums being presented after the original a lot can feel as if they are lacking substance and drive. Yet on tracks such as "Frail" the addition of piano brings a more accessible feel to the song. All tunes are record live and this is noticeable with the harsher and more human sounding vocals on "Five Candles". Harmonies complimenting "Fade To Grey" are a highlight capturing the sound that fans have grown to love over the years. "Overjoyed" having the new-stripped back style frees the track up to not sound as dated as the original version. In truth, this project doesn't really provide a Jars Of Clay fan with anything they haven't heard before but it's impressive nonetheless.

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