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Who We Are Instead by Jars Of Clay

Cross Rhythms Rating: 10/10
CD: Album
Tags: Pop, CD, Chart, Album, Recommended, Top Rated, Airplay
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A change of direction for the million selling pop rockers taking them into Eagles-style country-tinged harmony.

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  1. 1. Sunny Days
  2. 2. Amazing Grace
  3. 3. Lonely People
  4. 4. Only Alive
  5. 5. Trouble Is
  6. 6. Faith Enough
  7. 7. Show You Love
  8. 8. Lesser Things
  9. 9. I'm In The Way
  10. 10. Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
  11. 11. Jealous Kind
  12. 12. Sing
  13. 13. My Heavenly
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Having thought the Jars' previous album 'Furthermore: From The Studio From The Stage' a disappointing and disjointed effort, I approached the new album by Christendom's million sellers with considerable unease. But I was utterly won over. Here the band seem to have discovered a fresh vein of creativity, in the unexpected realm of Eagles-style country rock. In fact, Eagles-sounding wistful harmonies and world weary imagery so dominate 'Who We Are Instead' that I can imagine Jars fans who enthused over the move into edgy guitar rock of 'If I Left The Zoo' will regard this effort as a major disappointment. All I can say to them or the those looking for another "Flood" million seller is just enjoy the sense of focus and faith that Dan Haseltine has seemingly rediscovered. His writing here is more direct, Jesus-centred and unencumbered with lyrical obscurity than on any previous release, while his vocals are tender and achingly poignant. My absolute favourite is the wistfully lovely "Amazing Grace" (no, not that one), closely followed by the poignant "Lonely People" and their captivating version of "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet", that stunning song of luminous faith originally brought to the public's attention by a tramp recorded on the streets of London and featured by classical man Gavin Bryars. 'Who We Are Instead' is an album overflowing with musical intelligence and lyrical sincerity. Primarily self-produced in Jars Of Clay's own Sputnik Studio, Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Barenaked Ladies), Ken Coomer (Wilco) and Ben Mize (Counting Crows) all make contributions. But this is no exercise in slick, Pro-Tools over-production, rather a marvellously understated and uncluttered set where the quality of the songs are left to tell their own story unadorned by technical wizardry. I've no idea whether the Jars' move to country-tinged harmony pop will shift million of units. But whether it does or doesn't, 'Who We Are Instead' is a masterwork as far as I'm concerned.

Style: Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 8955
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Essential 083061070922
Release Date: 2003

A change of direction for the million selling pop rockers taking them into Eagles-style country-tinged harmony.

Who We Are Instead tackles the issue of who we are truly called to be as Christians in a world that is not our home. Gracefully balancing the mirror themes of joy and suffering, the band maintains their distinctive harmonies and signature guitar sounds while musically exploring gospel, blues, rock and organic influences.

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