Top 10 Album Of 2009
Posted January 04, 2010
By KevinMcNeese_NRT, Staff Reviewer
These guys are on a roll and The Long Fall Back To Earth may be the album that finally surpasses their debut in terms of quality from start to finish. After 2006's stellar Good Monsters, and 2003's equally impressive Who We Are Instead, Jars Of Clay continues to produce creative music and engaging lyrics that few other bands are matching.
The Long Fall Back To Earth, the band's tenth studio album, is a captivating collection that kicks off with the engaging instrumental song "The Long Fall" and doesn't let go until the last electronic beat of the album's final track, "Heart." The Long Fall trades in the acoustic guitars from their debut for synthesizers, creating a very raw electronic drive, powered by key lines and beats that sound lifted from a Joy Electric album. Lead vocalist/lyricist Dan Haseltine delves into the bare bones reality of the beauty and tension of relationships, and what makes them worth fighting for, a common thread that has tied everyone exposed to Jars of Clay’s music together for more than a decade.
Stand out tracks include "Closer," "Two Hands," "Safe To Land" and "Hero." This album not only sounds different from everything else out there, it feels different as well. There's a greater purpose to most of these songs that require repeat listenings to fully appreciate the depth both musically and lyrically. What makes this one of the best albums of the year is the fact that these songs get better the more you explore them, and that's a very rewarding process to experience over and over again.
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