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It's unlikely that this is the holiday album Jars of Clay would have created when they first started asking their record label for the chance. With the band's sound evolving from glossy alternative folk-pop to experimental synth rock, their approach to their first full-length Christmas record evolved as well. Other changes contributed, too. After 12 years, the band fulfilled its contract with Essential Records and parted ways, immediately setting up shop as an indie act under the Nettwerk umbrella. Frontman Dan Haseltine reported that the band had wanted to do a Christmas album ever since 1995's four-song EP Little Drummer Boy, but label execs kept it from materializing. ...
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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
It's unlikely that this is the holiday album Jars of Clay would have created when they first started asking their record label for the chance. With the band's sound evolving from glossy alternative folk-pop to experimental synth rock, their approach to their first full-length Christmas record evolved as well. Other changes contributed, too. After 12 years, the band fulfilled its contract with Essential Records and parted ways, immediately setting up shop as an indie act under the Nettwerk umbrella. Frontman Dan Haseltine reported that the band had wanted to do a Christmas album ever since 1995's four-song EP Little Drummer Boy, but label execs kept it from materializing. The only limit to their creativity now, it seemed, was deciding how deeply to reach into the repertoire of traditional holiday music and how much original material to infuse. Thankfully, the quartet came up with just the right mix of old and new fare, all thickly coated in textured synth layers and drum loops. The result is a highly nontraditional treatment of holiday themes, though one that will suit fans of the band from almost any era.
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  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003072526
  • Catalog Number: 30725

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jars of Clay Primary Artist, Track Performer
Jeff Bailey Trumpet
John Catchings Cello
Christine Dente Vocals
Connie Ellisor Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
Sam Levine Flute, Wind
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Gil Long Tuba
Vance Powell Conductor
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen Cello
Jennifer Kummer French Horn
Mitch Dane Conductor, Tambourine
Joshua Douglas Smith Conductor
Jeremy Lutito Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Bells, Vibes
Mike Odmark Conductor
Gabe Ruschival Bass, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Bells, Vibes
Technical Credits
Gustav Holst Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Phil Cranham Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Tom Howard Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Henry Onorati Composer
Edgar Pettman Arranger
Jars of Clay Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lee Mendelson Composer
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Composer
Christina Rossetti Composer
Phillips Brooks Composer
Vance Powell Engineer
Traditional Composer
Mitch Dane Producer, Engineer
Joshua Douglas Smith Engineer
Keith Byron Arranger
Jeremy Lutito Composer, Producer
Mike Odmark Engineer
Gabe Ruschival Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not just another roasted chestnut!!

    I have been a JOC fan from the beginning and have enjoyed watching them experiment with a variety of styles in their music. This Christmas CD is a wonderful example of their versatility. It takes an exceptional musician to take something we have heard over and over again and creatively present something we want to hear again. They have done just that. I have all the Xmas CDs I need, but I found this one refreshing and sometimes haunting. Their unusual instrumentation goes far beyond framing carols in a rock genre. I heard somber, reverent, whimsical, warm romance and "catchy" in this album. It's difficult to characterize the Jars style with this addition to their productions - it's always an interesting surprise. This is one to buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best Christmas collection of 2007

    Modern Christian outfit Jars of Clay waited until the release of their 10th full-length effort to focus on Christmas. But “Christmas Songs” was worth the wait. The group offers up a few artfully-reworked covers into the mix such as "Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” and the traditional “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”", but many of the songs are originals that drive home that the band approached this fantastic project with purpose of their other acclaimed works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    First off, I have been a hard core lover of Jars all my life, but this is just sad. I'm so dissapointed! This isn't what I want to hear when I think Jars of Clay and Christmas music! I felt like I was listening to an odd edit of Jars and Blue Man Group. I don't know what they have been playing at but this is not pleasing. I'm sorry that they made a cd like this. I'm embarressed for them frankly. I didn't know Jars wanted to sound trippy, but they sure have made that a success. I'll love them for the rest of my life but I'll be listening to their oldies instead of this one. They need to go back to their roots. Godbless Jars of Clay!

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