Redemption Songs

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All Music Guide
In 1995, Jars of Clay released their self-titled album, a landmark Christian rock record that was one of the first to achieve mainstream success, in part because its themes were couched in a lyrical style that left many secular fans unaware of the band's religious roots. On the other hand, 2005's Redemption Songs, which stands as one of the group's most artistically ambitious efforts, is also its most overtly Christian. Throughout the album, the Nashville-based ensemble uses old-fashioned hymns as a starting point, yet often alters them until they're virtually unrecognizable. Many of the melodies are completely rewritten, and the arrangements are crafted for maximum pop appeal. Fittingly, Jars of Clay continue to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
In 1995, Jars of Clay released their self-titled album, a landmark Christian rock record that was one of the first to achieve mainstream success, in part because its themes were couched in a lyrical style that left many secular fans unaware of the band's religious roots. On the other hand, 2005's Redemption Songs, which stands as one of the group's most artistically ambitious efforts, is also its most overtly Christian. Throughout the album, the Nashville-based ensemble uses old-fashioned hymns as a starting point, yet often alters them until they're virtually unrecognizable. Many of the melodies are completely rewritten, and the arrangements are crafted for maximum pop appeal. Fittingly, Jars of Clay continue to explore the use of traditional instruments that they began on 2003's Who We Are Instead -- mandolins, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, and violin make even more frequent appearances. In addition, lead vocalist Dan Haseltine allows a natural country twang to creep into his voice, particularly on "I Need Thee Every Hour" and the stark, stripped-down "Hiding Place," and the acclaimed gospel vocal group the Blind Boys of Alabama appear on two tracks. An important album for the genre, Redemption Songs bridges the old and the new like few records in Christian music before it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Essential
  • UPC: 083061075828
  • Catalog Number: 10758
  • Sales rank: 78,979

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jars of Clay Primary Artist
Martin Cruz Smith Vocals
John Catchings Cello
Ben Mize Drums
Bryan Owings Drums
Aaron Sands Bass
Five Blind Boys of Alabama Vocals
Andy Osenga Vocals
Sarah Kelly Vocals
Laura Taylor Vocals
Technical Credits
Philip Paul Bliss Composer
Richard Dodd Mastering
John Newton Composer
Laura Taylor Composer
Kevin Twit Composer
John Wesley translation
Jars of Clay Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Robert Lowry Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Robert Beeson Executive Producer
Samuel Stennett Composer
Tim Parker Art Direction, Cover Art
Traditional Composer
Annie Sherwood Hawks Composer
Horatio Gates Spafford Composer
Stephanie McBrayer Art Direction
Sang Park Engineer
Mitch Dane Producer, Engineer
Paul Gerhardt Composer
Andy Hunt Engineer
Laura Taylor Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent album

    This is a superb album by a very good band. Beautiful music. If you like blues and light rock, you'll probably enjoy this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    10 Stars!!!

    i luv this cd. it's one of my favorites and was worth what i paid. it's terrific!

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