Jars Of Clay - Redemption Songs

Published Friday 29th July 2005
Jars Of Clay - Redemption Songs
Jars Of Clay - Redemption Songs

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12764-2231
LABEL: Essential 083061075828
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Alan & Angeline Chesters

The sleevenotes appropriately refer to building bridges. After several years of the distinctive sound of their own material, Jars Of Clay bridge the years by setting 13 songs from the hymnals to modern music. They should be congratulated for keeping the old words alive and making them accessible to a new generation. The new vocal and musical arrangements are fresh and lively on the ear. Examples are "It Is Well With My Soul" and "They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love". There are support vocals from The Blind Boys Of Alabama (two tracks) and Martin Smith from Delirious? is featured on "Let Us Love And Sing And Wonder". The most attention-grabbing guest though is Sarah Kelly who soars to the stratosphere on a magnificently soulful version of "I'll Fly Away". On Dan Haseltine's own vocals, the finest is "God Will Lift Up Your Head" which has a swelling chord which truly takes the listener into worship. Maybe the days as a multi-platinum act are passed for the Jars. But they still have much to give to the Church.

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Product Description
As part of a church community that believe passionately in the blessing of understanding the story of redemption through early church songs and ancient hymns, Jars of Clay were inspired to write new songs using the rich hymn texts as the foundation. A collection of ancient hymns and spiritual songs

Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 14:47 on Jan 30 2014

When I heard "Let Us Love & Sing & Wonder" I was taken, love the recording guys wtg!
This band is not done to say the least, they have released great stuff after this release.
I don't think the band was in ccm to gain status of
music sold, I believe their intentions was to sing about God and let the world know he is alive and well. These guys are not an act, they are for real.
Their music is not just for the Church, it is for all!
God bless Jars of Clay, Don

Posted by Ali in UK @ 11:17 on Jun 5 2006

Hi, I know this is very late to add a comment to a review, but I chanced upon this offering on MySpace and thought I'd check out CR for the CD. Just wondering in terms of the above review why the almost throwaway comment at the end about their days as a big act passing - what is in the album that suggests this. Either way and now with hindsight, I think this album sold by the bucketload and garnered some awards (although that might be just for the artwork, which is great). No big deal, just interested in the review above.

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