Jars Of Clay Presents The Shelter [+Digital Booklet]

October 5, 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: October 4, 2010
  • Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Label: Essential Records
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  • Total Length: 48:39
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  • ASIN: B004469ZMK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,341 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Acclaimed for its music and leadership as humanitarians, Jars of Clay gears up for the October 5th release of its community-inspired project, Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter. The four men at the heart of the project - Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Matt Odmark and Stephen Mason - find their calendars filling up with appearances designed to shed light on the new project, inspired from an old Irish proverb, "It is in the shelter of each other that the people live." I am a long-time fan of Jars of Clay and credit the Gospel messages from their landmark debut album for leading me to my salvation, for which I'm eternally grateful. I was amazed that as I was still savoring The Long Fall Back To Earth and trying to guess which single would be next from that incredible album, I heard about The Shelter. At first, I couldn't image how they would follow-up what I considered their all-time best album, and yet again they continue to surprise and amaze me with their song-writing, music and lyrical messages and in this case, their collaborations. For anyone who has always wanted to hear Jars of Clay sing with a "who's who list" in Christian music, here's your chance. Mac Powell, Amy Grant, Brandon Heath, David Crowder, Audrey Assad, TobyMac, Mike Donehey, Sara Groves, Derek Webb and Leigh Nash all appear on this album, among others.

For me, there are several 5 star songs that give glimpses of the excellence of this 5 star album. All of these songs now rank in my all-time favorite songs by Jars of Clay. The album opens with the call to action song, "Small Rebellions" which features Brandon Heath. The song includes the ultra-catchy and convicting chorus "If our days could be filled with small rebellions, senseless brutal acts of kindness from us all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By stella onochie on December 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
What I have learned to love about Jars of Clay is their refusal to fall into the complacency of a specific sound or their audience's expectations--each album is a surprise to hear and often times, I first have to overcome a begrudging reluctance to accept that their style has changed or rather, has developed into something different. If one thinks about it, they've made their music an effective teaching tool: that to grow and mature in life means to live in a process of continual conversion, not solely in the religious sense (though I find that for me, everything hinges from that), but in the manner of person-hood/community.

Now, I don't like every song on this album. In fact, I found "Lay it Down" hugely annoying, (no offense to those who loved it). But I just wanted to add what I thought were the most amazing songs on the album (because no one else has!).

Love Will Find Us, feat. Matt Maher and Sara Groves:
I'm not really a fan of artist compilations. It reminds me too much of Michael Jackson (who I love) and the whole "We are the World" style song-genre made popular in the 80's. However, all three artists deserve much praise for the way in which their blending voices immensely complement the track. It was beautiful, especially the ending crescendo where the drums build and Maher and Groves's voices reach this amazing height.

Run in the Night, feat Thad Cockrell:
I find this song so impressive that I'm really sad to see no one has described it as a "break-through" track. Maybe because it's Advent and I'm just in this re-awakened mood of quiet reflection and joyful expectation (thanks for the reminder, Church), but I love how Haseltine sings in this soft yet confident voice reminiscent of the message in Out of My Hands.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hart on January 21, 2011
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Jars of Clay's "The Shelter" is a fantastic album. It captures every dimension of art a musician could ever hope to achieve: originality, creativity, and inspiration. Neatly bundled into a ten track package "The Shelter" contains depth, and an alluring mystery of tones and melodies your heart is, quite literally, dying to explore. I say all this from the perspective of someone who is both a new listener to the "Gospel," "Worship," genre and the artist, Jars of Clay, themselves. This album is modern, with verses comparable to those featured in the popular Indy-Rock band, The Arcade Fires', newest album "The Suburbs." Where these two great bands diverge is in the chorus. Win Butler, lead singer of the Arcade Fire, builds his songs with the momentum of a hurricane, before he swoons the listener into a lull, and depressing collapse. Dan Hasletine (Jars of Clay), on the other hand, rises and captures the view from mountain peaks, leaving the listener at peace, and satisfied with the experience. There is no angst, danger, or struggle, left unresolved. "We will live in the shelter of each other," the refrain of the album, could have been the campaign slogan for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, though he opted for the safer, and more ambiguous choice "Yes we can," referring to a shift in American consciousness, an attempt to awaken our hearts to Social politics. Although for now it seems we've once again, as always, returned to libertarian politics of the "Me," which is understandable - it's not a perfect world we live in, so its easy to get scared, and choose to rely on someone more familiar. Other notable tracks on the album are "Out of my Hands," a song of praise and humility. "There's nothing in the world that I can stand upon apart from you, There's nothing in my life you haven't given to me.Read more ›
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