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Redemption Songs
Jars of Clay
Redemption Songs
Genres: Pop, Rock, Christian
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It would be easy to pass off this latest Jars of Clay release as a marketing gimmick, especially as more and more Christian artists are turning to casting age-old hymns in their own creative image. Has the modern praise-an...  more »


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All Artists: Jars of Clay
Title: Redemption Songs
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Essential
Release Date: 3/22/2005
Genres: Pop, Rock, Christian
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Adult Alternative, Pop & Contemporary, Rock & Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 083061075828

It would be easy to pass off this latest Jars of Clay release as a marketing gimmick, especially as more and more Christian artists are turning to casting age-old hymns in their own creative image. Has the modern praise-and-worship songwriting well run dry or are artists truly looking back over time to gain that "renewed and refreshed perspective" as Jars describes this effort in the liner notes for Redemption Songs? The thoughtful listener will quickly discover that the latter is true. Jars of Clay's acoustic, organic sound is an ideal approach to presenting "very old words set to almost completely modern music" as never once does the music overshadow the power of the words. The band captures the essence of hope and joy in tracks "God Will Lift Up Your Head," "It Is Well With My Soul," and the rousing "Nothing But the Blood," aided by the great Blind Boys of Alabama. On the other side of the emotional spectrum, the needful ache of man seeking God is well captured with melancholic "I Need Thee Every Hour" and "Hiding Place." Other special guest appearances by Sarah Kelly on "I'll Fly Away" and Delirious' Martin Smith on "Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder" all fit well within the reverential mood of this marvelous release. If this record doesn't renew and refresh you, it may be time to check your pulse. --Michael Lyttle

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Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 04/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For their latest release, Jars of Clay decided to take some hymns and give them the Jars treatment. They included some well known and some obscure songs. The result is wonderful.

The well known and loved hymns included are not the most recorded, with the exception of "It is Well with My Soul." Also included are almost country versions of "Nothing but the Blood" and "I'll Fly Away" and a light rock version of "I Need Thee Every Hour." The CD closes with the classic "They'll Know We are Christians by Our Love."

The rest of the tracks on this CD are made up of old songs that have been forgotten by the modern church. I'm glad of the reminder because they are great songs. "Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder" is another great hymn by John Newton. The refrain from "God Will Lift Up Your Head" will get stuck in your head very easily. "God Be Merciful to Me" is a great song of repentance. "Hiding Place" finds the singer running to God for strength and protection, and "O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile" is a forgotten song about the crucifixion.

As I said earlier, each of these songs gets a Jars makeover. The songs you might already know get a little twist that makes them seem new. Several of the unremembered songs have new music completely written by Jars of Clay. Over all, this CD fits their style well and I had to look up several songs to make sure that the words and music weren't written by the group.

While it took me a few listens to full get this CD, I love it now. It focuses your thoughts and God and assists in worshipping Him."
Pleasant Surprise
blbooks | 08/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a Jars of Clay fan since their first self-titled album appeared. While I definitely feel that their first two albums are by far their best, I was pleasantly surprised by REDEMPTION SONGS.

Over the years, my enthusiasm for the work of Jars of Clay has declined when time after time their latest cd would disappoint me. Most of the middle albums (If I Left The Zoo, The Eleventh Hour, and Who We Are Instead) would have maybe three or four songs that I really liked.

What I had also noticed throughout these albums, for the most part, was that the material was becoming less and less spirtual. The songs--some musically pleasing--others not so much--were not "about" anything least not in a straight-forward "this song is about God" kind've way.

Jars of Clay double disc Furthermore Stage/Furthermore Studio...was a nice release for me because it went back to the beginning. I particularly enjoyed "Valley Song" and "Redemption."

My expectations for REDEMPTION were low. I was hoping that I would find my traditional three or four songs that were good. But what I found was a pleasant surprise...these songs...actually most of them...were quite good. And more importantly they were ALL ABOUT GOD.

God Be Merciful To Me -- this song is truly one of the highlights of the album -- 5 stars.

I Need Thee Every Hour -- another favorite of mine -- 5 stars

God Will Lift Up Your Head -- originally, this song was not a favorite of mine, but after several listenings, it has begun to grow on me -- 4 stars

I'll Fly Away -- I love the vocals by Jars of Clay on this song...and if it had just been would have earned 5 stars...but the guest vocals are a bit too annoying to me. 4 stars.

Nothing But The Blood -- I love the song 'Nothing But The Blood' particularly the rendition by Chris Rice on the album Exodus or Carman's medley 'Nothing But The Blood/ Are You Washed In The Blood/ He Took My Sins Away on the album Hymns or Jadon Lavik and Phil Keaggy's rendition on the album Moving On Faith. However, I don't care for this rendition...3 stars.

Let Us Love and Sing the Wonder -- I really like this song...and the guest vocalist Martin Smith from Delirious is great :) 5 stars

O Come and Mourn With Me Awhile -- this song is great-- particularly for singing or listening to during Lent. 4 stars.

Hiding Place -- 4 stars

Jesus, I Lift Up My Eyes -- 5 stars

It Is Well With My Soul -- 4 stars

On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand -- 4 stars

Thou Lovely Source of True Delight -- one of my favorites from the album -- 5 stars

They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love -- I have never liked 'They'll Know We Are Christians--so I am biased on this particular song...2 stars

The album REDEMPTION grows better with repeated listenings :)

But I am definitely pleased with the new sound/message of the band."