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A Long Rise Back To The Sky
Posted April 21, 2009
By art10,


Some 15 years after their classic debut and Jars of Clay has seen its share of changes, from rock, to folk rock, back to rock, but nothing in-between. All that changes here. Taking many cues from their Christmas album, Jars of Clay is establishing themselves with a melodic and inspired sound that's as well-put together as it is written. Mixing some folk, some rock, and something completely different, Jars of Clay crafts the songs, and takes time with them to bring the best product. This method doesn't make for radio-friendly fodder, but it does make for great music, which Jars of Clay does here.

Highlights Include:
The Long Fall
Weapons
Headphones
Hero

And those are just the songs that stood out in my mind after the first listen. The project is devoid of bad tracks, and I only found the closer to be a bit strange with its atmospheric and electronic instrumentation. But throughout the album the instrumentation is excellent, and is the true highlight of the album.

Overall, it may not be for everybody, but for anybody that can dig the melodic and inspired instrumentation that permeates the album, it's an excellent listen. It is a must for multiple listens, and it truly is an experience. Add to that 14 tracks, and an hour worth of material, and you certainly got your money's worth.

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