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As one of the foremost thinking-man's bands in alternative CCM, Jars of Clay has rarely played it safe. Every so often, however, the foursome appear to long for something more transcendent than their own artistry, and they go back to the very basics: their faith. The Shelter is one of those safe havens, a simple yet deeply affecting collection of songs about living out one's convictions in community. The group is not a stranger to creating in tandem with others, but this time the litany of guests — among them, tobyMac, Third Day's Mac Powell, Brandon Heath, Sara Groves, Derek Webb, and other tastemakers in Christian music — play by the rules of the house, that is, the rich synth pop soundscapes Jars adopted with their previous effort, The Long Fall Back to Earth. From the artist pairings all the way to the Sufjan-inspired community choir that shows up in a number of songs, The Shelter is a group effort in every sense of the phrase, succeeding in bringing home the idea that, regardless of what we bring to the table, we're all in this together.

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Christian Rock

This album will be Jars' most successful in recent years, and its most successful bar none among the CCM market. The band has even added a section on their website for worship leaders and worship music.

Needless to say, this is a disappointment. What happened to the band who could frame the most elliptical and emotionally naked searching lyrics in a pair of guitars and a church organ or piano? They got out of their contract, built their own studio, and have been wandering in self-indulgent sonic textures cascading over children's-music melodies, ever since.

If you want to be reaffirmed in your religious beliefs, you will love this album. Ditto if you want to have new songs to sing in your worship services. I for one will put on If I Left the Zoo or Who We Are Instead and listen to "River Constantine" and "Jealous Kind".


A lot of reviewers seem to be bashing Jars of Clay for having a new sound. It is absurd to expect them to keep the same sound over decades. This music is their artform. They are artists. They express their hearts in music. Asking their music to stay the same is asking them not to grow in their relationships with Christ. Also, this is a collaboration album, so they are incorporating the sounds (and hearts) of many other artists as well. I'm glad it doesn't sound like the old Jars of Clay.

Now that we are looking at this album for what it is, not what it isn't, I can say that this is a wonderful release for the Christian music scene. This sort of artistic solidarity in music is unseen in any other genre. As far as talent is concerned, I don't think that question even needs to be raised. All of these artists have shown us their musical gifts before and they combine in a wonderful way. The main message of the album ("In the shelter of each other / we will live") is something that our nation of individualism needs to hear. We were created for community. Jesus came and lived in community. God IS community within Himself. This idea that we have to make it on our own is completely non-biblical. It is true that nobody else can accept God's gift for us, but once we accept that gift we are commanded to live in community. And what a blessing that is!

Great album, great message, great collaboration, and great new sound.

Cuts to the Heart of Humantiy

Have always been a Jars fan since the beginning. Every album is interesting and unique in its own way. But this album...this album cuts to the deepest part of the human condtion. Opening the heart to realize that there is a story in every person and allows us to rocognize the importance in combining our stories, our love, and our brokeness to form The Shelter in the storm. I really enjoy all the collaborations they've included, really bringing home the idea of connectedness. Another album that I will keep on repeat for the next year.


Fecha de formación: Greenville, IL, 1993

Género: Gospel y música cristiana

Años de actividad: '90s, '00s, '10s

Jars of Clay fue la primera banda exitosa del movimiento llamado CCM alternativo de los 90, que obtuvo un éxito masivo con "Flood". Las letras del grupo pueden haber sido exclusivamente cristianas, pero su música encajaba perfectamente con el ala folk del jangle pop de la radio de rock alternativo, lo que en ese momento era una rareza para la escena de la música cristiana contemporánea. Su éxito no sólo abrió el camino para el triunfo de bandas cristianas como dc Talk y Sixpence None the Richer;...
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