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Jars of Clay: The Long Fall Back to Earth
In Jars of Clay’s latest project, the Nashville natives leave behind the experimental waters of their last project, Good Monsters, for a more cohesive medium. The first track on the album, “The Long Fall,” starts out with a piano-driven intro that serves as a musical map as to where their latest project is taking listeners. “Two Hands” greets the listener early on and has recently made a big splash on the radio. In this song Dan Haseltine’s lyrics illustrate a great lesson. That is, as Christians, we need to put all our effort into God’s work, not just part of us, and not just when it’s convenient.
In slightly different forms, last year’s “Closer” and “Safe to Land” cameo in the middle of the project. Then, riding the wave that brought electronica to the Christian music industry, “Hero” and “Scenic Route” both benefit from computerized interjections and distract from the mounting indie feel of the back half of the record. There are some other standouts like the bubble gum-flavored “Forgive Me” and the alt-rock anthem, “Don’t Stop.” But for the most part, the songs flow so well together that the “hits” seem too hard to find, leaving little anticipation to continue listening after the fourth or fifth track. The Long Fall Back to Earth is a good follow-up album as a whole, but it’s definitely not what I’d call “a career best.”
by Andrew Shaw
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