Jars of Clay - The Long Fall Back To Earth
Last modified: 23 Apr 2009
I must confess before I start that I'm a massive Jars of Clay fan so have spent the last few months eagerly anticipating the release of their 10th Studio album, The Long Fall Back to Earth, and getting more and more frustrated reading the bands Tweets about the American appearances we won't get to see and the progress of the release.
So was it worth the wait? You bet it was.
There are some albums which I only need to listen to the first bars of the first song to know it is going to be a favourite; this is one. The very electronic feeling Long Fall eases into the album with soft keys and mood setting guitars before exploding into Weapons.
Weapons moves gracefully into the first single Two Hands which was released in America a week before the album to great applause. The song has been said to be a statement of the challenge of coming to faith by one review and a tale of living for self gratification rather than for the glory of God by another. Either way the song has a vulnerable feel to it which immediately endears itself to the listener.
The band stick to their formula of killer melodies coupled with strong harmonies and deep lyrics. Some have said that this album contains some of lead singer Dan's most personal lyrics and while, he is the only one who can really confirm this, the lyrics certainly feel very honest and real. For a poignant example of the lyrics check out Boys (Lesson One) which is simple beautiful. This is also helped by the emotion which is ever present in his voice.
However, Jars of Clay have the ability to stick to a formula without creating carbon copies of previous albums. TLFBTE is classic Jars but it is fresh and not a careful of Good Monsters, their last studio album or any previous album for that matter.
Hearts fades the album out with smooth harmonies leaving you heading straight back to the play button to start the album off all over again.
Review by Suzanne Physick
Rating 4.8 out of 5
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