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  • Audio CD (August 19, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B001APM45S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jubilee
2. Surprised
3. Fragile
4. Spark
5. Higher Ground
6. En Garde
7. Wartime Lullaby
8. Love from a Lesser God
9. You Rescue
10. Daylight
11. It's Slavery

Editorial Reviews

Ten Shekel Shirt is a band with a message. Through two album releases, a # 1 hit at CHR radio, and 150,000 album sales, lead singer/songwriter Lamont Hiebert has watched as his songs of revolution and rejuvenation have impacted listeners across the globe. But sometimes actions speak louder than words, and after hearing reports about child slavery and exploitation, Lamont had a life altering experience when he traveled to Southeast Asia and witnessed the sale of children first-hand. Not content to simply write songs about the issue, Lamont co-founded the organization Love146 to help end child slavery and exploitation. Love 146 quickly gained national recognition for their work, earning the MySpace Impact Award for Social Justice, and they were named an "Agent of Change" by GQ magazine. Lamont's experiences as a modern day abolitionist are at the heart of many of the songs on Ten Shekel Shirt's new album Jubilee, easily the strongest album in the band's career. Though the album's songs deal with weighty subject matter, Lamont and Ten Shekel Shirt bring a strong message of hope throughout.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bogart on July 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
From the first time I heard the opening slide of slippery steel guitar strings of the title track, I realized that Ten Shekel Shirt serves up something that's largely outside of typical praise and worship songs.

Introspective, and at times melancholy, Jubilee somehow captures a depth of reflective thought that is largely missing from the Christian music genre. True, there are upbeat tunes, catchy choruses, and personal reflections on the walk of faith - but there are also songs addressing slavery, recovery from abuse, and poverty.

Lamont Hiebert, the band's lead vocalist and songwriter became radicalized in the late `90s after hearing reports of child trafficking and slavery. The founding of a charitable organization (Love146) to provide aftercare for rescued child slaves and to help prevent further child abductions, followed his trip to South East Asia in 2002. That passionate dedication to put feet on his faith flows as a theme throughout the album, with many of the songs dedicated to survivors of abuse, exploitation, and slavery.

However Hiebert's lyrics are surprisingly understated considering his dedication. Far from repeatedly pounding listeners to get involved, the tracks on the CD are a blend of social action tunes, themes of personal redemption and deliverance, and even love songs. Ranging from punchy to breathy, Hiebert's versatile tenor tackles the "la da da da da's" in "Warmtime Lullaby" and plaintive wailings of "Higher Ground" with equal amounts of finesse.

Of the eleven tracks on the disc, "You Rescue" is perhaps the most blatant faith-based song with a chorus including the phrase "'Cause you rescue, you redeem, you save, you intervene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey H. Gentry on September 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
For too long the Church of Jesus Christ has stepped away from politics, away from social issues, away from the world. But Christ called us to be in this world but not of it. He called us to be His ambassadors for the Kingdom. I'm am so glad groups like Ten Shekel Shirt (as well as Jars of Clay and Caedmon's Call) are out their using their music and their influence to bring about change. It has taken groups like U2 and Coldplay to open our eyes to the issues of the world. Ten Shekel Shirt takes the issues of slavery, bondage, human trafficking, and debt and fought against them. Their fight comes forth in their lyrics. This is a bold and solid CD. It deserves as much airplay and recognition as Coldplay's Viva La Vida.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Prince on August 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Lamont has produced an authentic life anthology expressed with creative intelligence and passion. The album is more than a collection of great songs. It is a concert that weaves the strands of life into a cohesive whole. Moving from the innocent victim, to self-inflicted pain, to restorative faith, to justice, to sensual love, to the exhortation that "we've got to come through" this album transcends musical categorization and expresses life lived on the front line. The musicianship, arrangements and recording quality reflect the passion of the songs and the life that they emanate from.
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By The Connoisseur on September 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I was working at Publix and I heard "Wartime Lullaby" play often in their daily playlist. I loved the chill sound of it, and eventually I decided to look them up. What a solid Christian album! It's rare that you get to hear a great Christian album that has great content all the way through, and also sounds amazing at the same time these days. I appreciate the positive messages of healing and faith specifically geared to those who have been oppressed. Every song rings of freedom, and I think that was Lamont Heibert's idea. Favorites are "Jubilee", "Spark", "En Garde" (an interesting love song), "Wartime Lullaby" (best song on here), "Love From A Lesser God", and "It's Slavery". These solid messages are definitely tailored for the times we live in now. Go cop this album and share it with someone else!
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These fellows haven't had a CD in five years and was I ever happy to see this come out. Like all of Ten Shekel Shirt's works, it is marvelous.
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