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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.
It can be physical or spiritual, close-in or far-flung, untested ... Read more in Amazon's Jars Of Clay Store

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  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Provident
  • ASIN: B001U3QP2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Long Fall
2. Weapons
3. Two Hands
4. Heaven
5. Closer
6. Safe to Land
7. Headphones
8. Don't Stop
9. Boys (Lesson One)
10. Hero
11. Scenic Route
12. There Might Be a Light
13. Forgive Me
14. Heart

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Customer Reviews

I love every song and genuinely enjoy listening to this album on my way to work.
Marissa Miller
The overall sound and style of the music certainly resembles Good Monsters more than their previous albums, especially Dan's vocals.
Sean B
This is possibly Jars of Clay best album, and the best album in the Christian market released this year.
Christopher Smith

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hammond on April 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Since going "indie", Christian festival staple Jars of Clay have been at work at a nearly impossible task: creating an artistic work that would also be appeasing to Christian markets. If it's too artistic, Christian radio won't pick it up, if it comes across as compromised or uninspired, people might wonder why they bothered leaving a major label in the first place, and lose interest.

After a third listen to Long Fall, I am happy to announce that Jars of Clay has made a pop record that quietly remolds their sound, continues their thought-provoking lyrics, and offers THE BEST melodies and arrangements of their career.

Good Monsters did not meet the expectations created by Haseltine when described it as a "rock record" (it was hyped as such by CCM Magazine, and then assumed by Dove and Christianity Today). It is a shame because GM was right on par for Jars- enjoyable pop combined with mellow lyrics- but they had done that before, and better, I think. On Long Fall, they have done what they did not completely achieve on Good Monsters: a new sound.

Dan Haseltine was wise not to fill the album with songs like "Headphones" and "Scenic Route". He, instead, paints them in the background of tunes like the worship-rock single "Two Hands". I've heard this was the last song written for this album. If it was, no doubt there was a commercial reason for this. Christian radio, after all, still needs a single. Though, I don't think Jars are at fault, this is still the market they are vying to keep, and who wouldn't have seen the same potential in the song?

My favorite track is "Weapons", which I've listened to more than the rest. "Lay your weapons down, there are no enemies in front of you".
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DaBrandoChipper on April 21, 2009
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How does a band top a cd as excellent as 2006's Good Monsters? Answer: Dont even try. The new release from Jars of Clay is so different from their last release, that it avoids comparison. At this point, I still like Good Monsters a tad better, but it doesnt matter. This new cd stands very well on its own and I really look forward to hearing many of these tracks live.

Back in 1995, I started listening to Jars of Clay to get away from produced sounding pop music. Its interesting that Jars new release is exactly that: highly produced yet sophisticated pop music. You can definitely hear a lot of the studio noises, beeps, and toys, but Jars integrity and soul always shines through. There are some fist waving anthems that urge us to crank the volume up (Weapons and Heaven) and there are tender moments that make us stop and contemplate our relationship to the ones we love and to the world around us (Safe to Land and Headphones). More than any other Jars cd, I can imagine many of these songs on mainstream radio. True, the music is more mainstream than anything they have done before, but Jars manages to pull your mind and soul into the music much more than average pop music. I guess Im saying this to combat any who may accuse them of "selling out". They may be using radio friendly pop music as a medium, but the Jars of Clay stamp is definitely here in abundance.

I only have a couple of very minor complaints. For one, I find that the song Hero is about a minute and a half too long. There are only two verses and both verses are completed 90 seconds into the song, yet the song is almost 5 minutes long. The chorus is repeated so many times that the song almost wears out its welcome.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jori Page on September 28, 2009
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I have been a fan of Jars of Clay since the release of the debut album. They are one of my all-time favorite bands. I have anxiously awaited every new release -- and have loved most. I have seen the band several times in concert -- have even met the guys backstage. My favorite CDs are the debut album, Who We Are Instead, Redemption Songs, and Good Monsters.

Unfortunately, this new CD does very little for me. I can't quite put my finger on it. I can honestly say that if I never heard this CD again, I wouldn't feel like I was missing anything. I wouldn't say that about any other Jars of Clay CD.

First, I'm not sure that Jars of Clay is always making musical choices that are in the best interest of the song. Often, they seem to be making production choices with the aim of being different or running against the grain. Variety is a nice thing -- but what exactly is the band's style these days? This album sorely lacks anything resembling a cohesive "feel".

Dan Haseltine used to be a poet who wrote song lyrics. On this album, he just writes song lyrics. There is a depth missing that used to pervade the songs. "If I had two hands doing the same thing. Lifted high"? Egads. These are lyrics to suit a pop artifice. "Take my world apart - broken on my knees" - this is not.

Worst of all -- the album is rather boring. Jars of Clay used to produce songs that made me weep or smile -- songs that brought me closer to God -- songs that made me sing along in the car! There is something missing from these songs -- inspiration? Whatever it is, this is album is a disappointment.
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When did you "discover" Jars of Clay?
I bought their self-titled album back in '95. We used to have a youth camp at Greenville College in Illinois where Jars went to school and recorded one or two tracks from that album. Since we lived only a short distance from Greenville my friends and I sort of claimed them as a local band. ... Read More
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