Volume 91, Issue 43

Thursday, November 13, 1997

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Jars return to its roots

Jars Of Clay
Much Afraid

Much Afraid is the anticipated follow-up album to Jars of Clay's self-titled 1995 debut which contained the smash hit, "Flood." This 11-song LP aims to keep Jars of Clay on the rise and hopefully won't follow the path of many current bands whose sophomore albums leave something to be desired.

The album includes many melodic and catchy tunes such as "Fade to Grey," which happens to be the first song ever written by the band and was left off previous albums. Although this isn't the band's first single, it is the most solid song on the album.

The first five songs incorporate a French horn, various percussion instruments and drum machines, adding a little bit of spice to this somewhat mellow album. The title track, "Much Afraid" and the last song on the album, "Hymn," shows some of the band's roots. Jars of Clay started out as a Contemporary Christian Music group and even the band's name comes from a Bible passage. In these two songs the religious context of Jars of Clay's music becomes clear. It also gives the band's first Christian followers, who accused the band of "going secular" on the previous album and during their club tours, a dose of what made the band popular to begin with.

–Darren Gluck

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