Jars Of Clay - The Eleventh Hour

Wednesday 1st May 2002
Jars Of Clay - The Eleventh Hour
Jars Of Clay - The Eleventh Hour

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Essential 083061062927
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

With over four million album sales in a three album career that has established them as a premier league CCM band, Jars Of Clay unleash their fourth album and what a deal! Returning to their roots and choosing to produce themselves, 'The Eleventh Hour' builds on the edgier sound of their previous release 'If I Left The Zoo' but longtime Jars fans will be relieved that the band continue to evoke strong emotions in their music and ask the hard questions. There are two songs that seem to bookend the album thematically. The beautiful, enigmatic "Silence" questions where God has gone when he seems miles away in the middle of struggles and then the title track acts as an answer to those questions by observing that just when you think it's too late, God is there and has been there all along! "Fly" was written about friends of the band who married and discovered that one of them had cancer. The song explores issues of faith in the face of that struggle and the fact that they had to learn to let go of each other and cling onto God. In case you were worried, it's not all po-faced intensity and there are some lovely lighter moments, like "Revolution" with its edgier sound and fun feel and the optimistic prayer like "I Need You" which is the album's most commercial song. Another masterpiece from Jars who continue to record albums that don't easily fit into the hermetically sealed world of American CCM and yet continue to prove hugely popular.

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Sample Track Listing:
4. Fly [Listen]
5. I Need You [Listen]

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Product Description
With a deft combination of rock gems, driving pop songs and heartfelt ballads, Jars of Clay is back with The Eleventh Hour, a record that reclaims the passion and honesty that captivated millions of music fans.

Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:58 on Mar 21 2014

This band has certainly carved a place in the music world, both ccm and secular. " Something Beautiful" highlights the list of songs. I love Dan's vocals on this song, they capture me. Music lovers can't help but reminisce back to the Beatle era reading the title "Revolution". I love the line in "Fly" that says,
"all the promises of faith come alive when they (the angels) see you home." "Silence" speaks, it's a song that every believer can relate, we all have questions.
I love the simplicity of "Scarlet"; maybe "Scarlet Letter" would be a more appropriate title.
The lyrics to "11th Hour" are omitted for some reason. I like "These Ordinary Days".
"The Edge of Water" is another I really like, it's full of hope with the line "when you come back again". Funny thing about this title, the words are never heard in the song. God bless, Don

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