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Editors’ Notes

It makes sense for Jars of Clay to take on the challenge of re-imagining traditional hymns in modern terms. The band’s affinity for folk melodies and classical shadings allows it to step away from pop modes and connect with time-honored traditions on 2005’s Redemption Songs. This isn’t to say that the album is a staid affair — the versions found here of “Nothing But the Blood” (recorded with the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama) and “I’ll Fly Away” (featuring Sarah Kelly) offer quick cures for the spiritual blahs. They reconfigure “I Need Thee Every Hour” as a spacey country-rocker, offer “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand” as an Appalachian march, and transform “Jesus, I Lift My Eyes” as an easy-going acoustic shuffle. “They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love” — a hymn of more recent vintage — gains an austere power through the band’s brooding treatment. Not everything works equally well (“Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder” feels overly sleek for instance) but Redemption Songs succeeds in recasting gems of faith in sympathetic and creative new settings.

Customer Reviews

Jars of Clay Redemption Songs

This album is really a down to earth, not a lot of flash kind of collection. Jars of Clay once again has added their own unique sound to some of the old hymns. I treasure their artistic openess and adding spark to the hymns. I recommend this to someone who is wanting to just hang out and relax and sing along to some great songs.

Good takes on the old

This album contains great variety and takes hymns to a different level. I have grown to enjoy almost all of the songs on the album. I really enjoy contemporary worship music, but there is something about hymns that can never be replaced. (I think at least) I really like the creativity used to redo some great hymns. I appreciate hymns and they will always hold a dear place in my heart, and I really respect those who add a new twist to them. (without too much change, of course). I hope you enjoy the truthful lyrics and worshipful attitude this album brings. May our great God be eternally praised.

Good music!

This album is really good! Theu have many diffrent ways to sing this music. Totally buy this album! Jars of Clay u rock! God luvs you!

Biography

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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