Redemption Songs

Redemption Songs

by Jars of Clay
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Redemption Songs

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2005
Label: Essential
UPC: 0083061075828
catalogNumber: 10758

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
Blind Boys of Alabama   Vocals
Andy Osenga   Vocals
Sarah Kelly   Vocals
Laura Taylor   Vocals

Technical Credits

Philip Paul Bliss   Composer
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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Redemption Songs 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luv this cd. it's one of my favorites and was worth what i paid. it's terrific!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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