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Eleventh Hour
     

The Eleventh Hour

4.8 11
by Jars of Clay
 
Cutting-edge rockers Jars of Clay are known to push the envelope with each new release. Surprisingly, The Eleventh Hour finds them going full circle, largely returning to the formula that made the group's self-titled debut such a smash. But if it's retrenchment, it's at their own initiative: It wasn't enough to produce and write all of The Eleventh Hour<

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Cutting-edge rockers Jars of Clay are known to push the envelope with each new release. Surprisingly, The Eleventh Hour finds them going full circle, largely returning to the formula that made the group's self-titled debut such a smash. But if it's retrenchment, it's at their own initiative: It wasn't enough to produce and write all of The Eleventh Hour; the Jars guys built their own studio to record the project, oversaw the album packaging, directed the photo shoots, and even produced and directed the promotional video. What's with the hyper-control? If they've been feeling a little powerless lately, it certainly doesn't show here: The Eleventh Hour showcases a gutsier, more aggressive sound, especially on such tracks as "Revolution" and "Whatever She Wants." But the edge is tempered with Jars' trademark acoustic beauty; indeed, the ballad "Something Beautiful" more than lives up to its name. Band members say this music was written largely "because of faith, not about it," and faith does seem to be a theme throughout. The title track addresses the power of faith to overcome that ultimate "eleventh hour," death; elsewhere we have songs that doubt God, seek Him and, ultimately, love Him.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ashleigh Kittle
In September 2001, the alternative pop
ock band Jars of Clay performed their first concert in over a year. The event served to foreshadow the group's March 2002 release The Eleventh Hour, an album heralded as comparable to the band's debut project. With this release, Jars of Clay -- composed of members Dan Haseltine, Matt Odmark, Charlie Lowell, and Stephen Mason -- held fast to the creative reins from start to finish. Serving as writers, producers, designers, and directors, the band was able to return to the vision which drove their self-titled debut. The result was a collection of 11 songs unlike any released from the band since their 1995 album. Musically, the project blends alternative rock and pop with elements of folk. Lyrically, it examines aspects of honesty and transparency, exploring human longing. The album opens with the edgy pop track "Disappear," a song expressing the difficulty people face in accepting the existence of unconditional love. Other notable tracks include the first radio single, "I Need You," a driving and passionate expression of a deep desire for God, and the tender yet haunting ballad "Scarlet." The Eleventh Hour is a much needed album from Jars of Clay. It is a return to the elements that drove the sudden success of the band in 1994 and 1995.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Essential
UPC:
0083061062927
catalogNumber:
10629

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The Eleventh Hour 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD...Jars of Clay are so amazing...all the songs are great but If I had to pick three favorites they would be ''Something Beautiful'' ''Revolution Cry'' and ''Eleventh Hour''....uplifting, touching, and great music!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I also know that they haven't come out with their new cd yet but they ALWAYS have the best cds!!! I can't wait!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finally went out to get this CD. (I had to pre-order it) It seems every CD they put out is magical. although I have to admit, the 1st is always the best!!! GET THIS CD, YOU WILL NEVER TAKE IT OUT OF YOUR CAR-TRUST ME!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The eleventh hour is pretty good...''I need you'' explains how we need Jesus to go on...we can't go on without Him in our lives...''Silence'' explains how we go through our struggles and we pray and pray for God to help us...and it almost seems like He never comes...but He does and He ends up making us stonger then before...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hear ''I Need You'', off this album, all the time on the radio. If the rest of the cd is as good as that song, it's going to be awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not the quite same type of sound as their original album like many have claimed, but still excellent. Interesting messages woven in the lyrics and the music is good just for listening. Together, they're excellent. As good or better than their original album, this is worth the money and it's great as a relaxer or an upbeat-and-drive-faster ablum.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long-time Jars fan, it is difficult to write a non-biased review of their latest outing, ''The Eleventh Hour''. However, listening to their last 4 albums (their original Frail demo included), it is safe to say the guys have taken their art to another level. The fact that they produced the record themselves shows a bold step. After listening to the entire record, I can safely say it is their most amazing stuff to date. They push their rock edges further with ''Revolution'', ''Whatever She Wants'', and the folky-and-beautiful ''Fly'' while staying grounded firmly in their rich acoustic sets like ''I Need You'' and ''Something Beautiful''. Personally, I find ''Silence'' to be their breakout track - it is a bold, different approach which is both haunting and beautiful. All in all, they have lived up to all expectations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just purchased this CD earlier today and I must say it is really good.The song Revolution is really awesome!As far as where it rates compared to there previous CD's it's probably a notch above them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok, ok. i know the cd hasn't actually come out as of yet, but i've heard bits and pieces of the new album and i can't wait to hear the rest. i'm glad they just went back to the way things were and i can't wait for a week from today so i can go get my cd!!! god bless!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jars of Clay's latest entitled ''The Eleventh Hour'' is not the best Jars album ever written, but it is still one of the most spectacular new CCM releases in some time. The boys have done it again - managed to come up with new music and still able to keep their old-school appeal. Young and old will appreciate this album. There really are no weak tracks, though some may find several of the tracks less exciting. The highlights of the album include ''Disappear,'' ''Something Beautiful,'' ''Scarlet'' and ''The Eleventh Hour.'' The best part of the album is the similarity it shares with every other Jars release to date. If you liked any other album, you'll find this one to be worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago