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Few bands are as committed to not repeating themselves as Jars of Clay. For their fifth album, they dip their toes into colourful Americana for a collection of tunes that are twangy, tuneful and thoughtful at every turn. “Show You Love” is a rousing song of compassion through neighborly love. “Jealous Kind” borrows gospel tropes to weight human fickleness against God’s constancy. “Trouble Is” is fun and funky, and a cover of America’s “Lonely People” showcases the band’s exquisite harmonies and impeccable taste.


Formed: 1993 in Greenville, IL

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Jars of Clay were the breakout band of the so-called alternative CCM movement of the '90s, scoring an enormous mainstream hit with the debut single "Flood" and enjoying platinum sales. The group's lyrics may have been exclusively Christian, but their acoustic-oriented music fit perfectly into the folky jangle pop wing of alternative rock radio, at the time a rarity on the contemporary Christian music scene. Such success set the stage for breakthroughs by Christian bands like dc Talk and Sixpence...
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