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Christmas Songs by Jars of Clay

Jars Of ClayAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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“Ar scath a cheile a mhaireas na daoine.”
An old Irish proverb, as translated:
“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.”

It is among our most basic of needs.

And like the other simple building blocks of life – air, food, water – it can take on many forms.
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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B000VRXNT2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Gift Of St. Cecilia
2. Wonderful Christmastime
3. Love Came Down At Christmas
4. O, Little Town Of Bethlehem
5. Hibernation Day
6. Winter Skin
7. Peace Is Here
8. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
9. Evergreen
10. Christmastime Is Here
11. Drummer Boy
12. Gabriel's Message
13. In the Bleak Midwinter
14. I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day

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2007 holiday release from the Alternative Christian rockers. Their 10th album overall, this multi-platinum and Grammy-winning Nashville-based band serve up a stocking full of traditional and original Christmas tunes. 14 tracks including 'God Rest, Ye Merry Gentlemen', 'Gabriel's Message', 'Wonderful Christmastime', 'O Little Town Of Bethlehem' and more. RCA.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Songs Redeems October 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Anytime I hear of an artist recording a Christmas album, I become slightly nauseous. How many renditions of "Winter Wonderland" can one generation drivel out?

I was, to say the least, apprehensive when I heard that Jars of Clay would be making a Christmas album. When the album became available, I listened with hesitation. What I found was pleasantly original and surprising. In a culture saturated on the bubble-gum Christmas-spirit, "Christmas Songs" restores a sense of mystery and depth that has been lost. What is most refreshing is the effectively balanced range of territory that is covered on the album. It is serious without being grave; it is fun without being flippant; it is experimental without being disoriented; and it is traditional without feeling stringent.

One of the most surprising gems on the album is the completely reconstructed carol, "O Little Town of Bethlehem." The melodies are hauntingly beautiful and permeate the song with an ethereal quality that brings out an appropriate sense of wonder incubated in the idea of the Incarnation.

The album harks back to the 50s with "Hibernation Day", a fun original contribution by Jars about being snowed in with the one you love and is tinged with just the right amount of nostalgia to make even the most calloused of lovers feel at least a little sappy and long for a time out of mind.

Other highlights include a rendition of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime", "Love Came Down At Christmas", and the two instrumental pieces "Winter Skin" and "Evergreen" which bring a mood of enchantment to the album.

Drawbacks to the album are that it can be somewhat too meditative in areas.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocky and Contemplative Christmas October 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Jars of Clay has finally released a Christmas CD! Fans (or this one at least) have long awaited one. While it isn't the instant Christmas project I love, there is lots of great stuff here.

The disc features lots of rare and original songs. For example, the group wrote two instrumental songs, "The Gift of St. Cecilia" and "Evergreen." There are also three original songs. While "Winter Skin" and "Hibernation Day" celebrate winter and the fun it can bring, "Peace is Here" celebrates the peace that Jesus can bring.

In my Christmas music collection, I had no copies of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime." I can't compare it to anything else, but I like their alt rock take on it. I was also unfamiliar with "Love Came Down at Christmas" which is based on a Christina Rossetti poem. I really like it. I especially enjoy the reference to a kids folk song at the end.

Then there are the classics. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" gets a makeover with a new melody. It makes the song very haunting. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is likewise slow and haunting. And yes, they include "Drummer Boy." This is a different version then their single released years ago, but it does sound very similar. "Christmastime is Here" is part jazz and part rock. It sort of works, but I still prefer the original.

And that's the only real problem with the disc. Some artists can pull off a mix of their signature sound on a Christmas release. Jars of Clay comes close, but they don't quite do it. The CD is fine, but I think it will be several years before I consider it a true Christmas project. I will definitely pull it out in mid-December when I am ready for something different. But it won't be the first thing I get out the day after Thanksgiving.

Don't misunderstand. This isn't a bad release. It is quite enjoyable for something different. And it will please Jars of Clay's many fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Take on Christmas Favorites November 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Last week, I would've given this album three stars. After listening to it off and on, I'm up to a four stars. By Christmas I might be at five. Why?

All the songs on the album have a unique feel - not the typical Christmasy feel. They have Jars of Clay's signature sound which isn't distracting. It's just that at times you don't feel like you're listening to Christmas music. Check out some of the song samples. After listening to it for a week however, I've come to appreciate this different take on songs you've had beat into your head by everyone from Bing Crosby to Seals and Croft. Christmas should be a time of contemplating God's gift to us of his son. By spinning the songs a little off center, Jars of Clay has forced me to do that. I focus more on these songs and their lyrics than I have on others. And by doing so, I've found myself reflecting on the upcoming Christmas season.

Maybe I'll move to five stars by tomorrow.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Christmas album with a twist October 24, 2007
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Jars of Clay's "Christmas Songs" is a unique Christmas album. I agree with what has been said for the most part. JOC does essentially what they did with their hymns album in that they take some poplar songs and obscure songs and then they also throw in some originals. They capture the spirit of the season on these songs but put their own stamp on it. As far as the sound of this album it feels like a continuation of their "Good Monsters" album. They also mix in some electonic influences in on songs like "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Drummer Boy." As mentioned they throw in a couple of instrumentals as well that are a nice touch and add to the album. Overall I think this is a good album and will be enjoyed by those who either like JOC or just like good christmas music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool !
I hire this cd record because I like the music this group plays, me and my family enjoy in this season , thank you.
Published 8 months ago by Rodrigo Satizabal
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas music ever
This is my very favorite music for Christmas. It's a great mix of traditional arrangements and original music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by CK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas CD
The is one of my all time favorite Christmas CD's...I happened to buy on a whim several years ago.Since then I have given several as gifts to friends.
Published 13 months ago by PBMOM
5.0 out of 5 stars Glory! Glory! Glory!
This album is anointed, unique, and truly blessed! May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to guide Jars of Clay as they reach the world with the 'gift' of music that can only come from... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jars of Clay
I don't think there is anything out that Jars of Clay didn't nail supremely... They are the bomb for sure. Entire family enjoys this one
Published 18 months ago by Melissa Kearney
4.0 out of 5 stars "Peace Is Here" deserves to be in your yearly rotation of Christmas...
First you should know that there are many songs here that are Jars of Clay originals or little known covers. Read more
Published 19 months ago by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Christmas record of all time
If you want slightly different versions of the same old sappy Christmas songs, don't buy this record. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Christmas album
I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to this album. Their version of Little Drummer Boy is amazing, and the rest are quite nice as well.
Published on June 14, 2012 by David Bousson
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow and cheery
This CD would be perfect for a mellow night looking at the Christmas tree or in front of a fire.
Published on December 17, 2011 by Nathanael D. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Jars of Clay Christmas Songs
Without a doubt this is probably the best Christmas Album I have ever purchased. The songs were not the same-old-same-old. Read more
Published on January 20, 2011 by Gary R Smith
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