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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.

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Essential
  • ASIN: B000060PCC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Disappear
2. Something Beautiful
3. Revolution
4. Fly
5. I Need You
6. Silence
7. Scarlet
8. Whatever She Wants
9. The Eleventh Hour
10. These Ordinary Days
11. The Edge Of Water

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Jars Of Clay ~ The Eleventh Hour

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rich Clarke on 31 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've heard all the Jars' previous albums and my faviouite probably still is their first one, but this like all their other albums shows a progression in terms of depths. There's not that many instantly memorable tunes- but with a few listens, you'll realise that this is an album that's a pleasure to listen to and enjoy. My personal fav has to be track 5, 'I need you'- says it all. The album has been criticised by not being overtly Christian, as Jars... was, but i would say that instead it is inherently Christian, in that it would only have been writen by a Christian band, writing about and engaging with their faith
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dominic J Adams on 10 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
After the quirky yet artistic If I Left The Zoo, there was some question as to what direction Jars of Clay would take for their follow-up. Would they go back to the sound of their first album, or venture into more unknown territory? On The Eleventh Hour, Jars of Clay did a bit of both. This album is a collection of all their styles - and its darn good.
The alt-rock sound of Disappear is one such delight, lots of guitar effects and and clever knit lyrics like you never heard before. Jars really know how to pen deep songs like Creed or Lifehouse. Something Beautiful is just that as an acoustic lullaby of low worth: What I get from my reflection isn't what I thought I'd see. Give me reason to believe, you'd never keep me incomplete declares Haseltine. Jars ventures into heavier ground in Revolution which is just amazing, and I Need You is a typical pop song by the band. The best song on the album Scarlet sounds like early REM, yet there are lots of gems here.
After a few listens you will be hooked, the edgy rock and deep spiritual lyrics show this band at the top of their artistic merit.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 28 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
After early promise this band has descended into MOR rock mediocrity. I wouldn't recommend this for anything other than background music at a dinner party.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Beautiful Combination 11 Mar. 2002
By Andrew W. Yates - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With "The Eleventh Hour" Jars of Clay seems to have found a way to combine the honest, almost transparent enthusiasm of their acoustically-dominated debut album with the depth and musical maturity found on their follow-up "Much Afraid" (which happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time). Their previous attempt at this combination, "If I Left the Zoo," appeared forced and artificially playful. Not so with this new album. From the very first track the album envelops you with both the feeling of wonder and the acute pop sensibility that make Jars of Clay so vital. "Revolution" displays a cool, urban vibe underscored with acoustic guitars in a way that only these guys can pull off (although I'm sure they could have found something better to say than "grab a hammer, bang a gong.") "Silence" is painfully honest and highlight's Dan Haseltine's distinctive voice. Perhaps the highlight of the album is the last track, "The Edge of Water," which shows how powerful a banjo can be.
Some have criticized this album for being too ambiguous about its statement of faith; however, I think this album demonstrates how Jars of Clay is one of the few bands who can paint a picture of an honest faith journey and maintain their musical integrity. The lyrics explore situations and emotions that represent the broad range of human existence. Faith is not a bunch of much-repeated phrases and concepts, but rather a lens through which they explain their world. Once again, Jars of Clay demonstrates that the mixture of faith and serious musical talent can be quite a beautiful thing.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Independence for a fascinating four-piece: 22 Mar. 2002
By Stuart Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Moulded by expectations on their self-titled debut, restricted by a fleeting recording trip to England for Much Afraid, and misconstrued by production on If I Left the Zoo, Jars of Clay has been unable to express themselves this independently until The Eleventh Hour. Close to their best album so far it provides sheer promise for the future of this enchanting four-piece.
It is encouraging for me to hear a Christian band expressing hardship within faith, which makes it disappointing to hear fellow reviewers attacking the lyrics of The Eleventh Hour. I find concerns about the lack of a direct Gospel message narrow-minded. I would say that Jars of Clay's ministry is not based on evangelism, but discipleship; not birth but growth, and this is as essential as foundational evangelism.
Start and Finish: Disappear opens The Eleventh Hour with vintage Jars of Clay passion, while the album is concluded eloquently by The Edge of Water, an example of a thoroughly new direction for the group.
Revolution: The same goes for Revolution, an early highlight and a great rock song - surrounded by Something Beautiful and Fly, both demonstrating Jars of Clay's continued focus on strong melody.
Silence: Having read the lyrics to the powerful Silence prior to hearing the song I had high expectations, perhaps a song reminiscent of the exquisite Frail, from Much Afraid. This aching reflection on the inexplicable silence we can all face is a gutsy and poignant hinge-piece for the album.
The Eleventh Hour: This mood of unease holds until the redemption of the title track, which also feels to me like a musical path yet untrodden by the group. Herein lies the mature message of salvation that Christians must be reminded of; the Gospel encapsulates hope as much as it shows grace, and this outstanding song provides a story of both.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3 1/2-One of the few CCM bands I still Listen too 18 Mar. 2002
By Sylo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've given up on Mainstream Christian Music. (The undrground stuff is better) After awhile I just got tired of the repeated lyrics and boring musical styles. Jars of Clay though, left quite an impression on me because of their Unserpassed MUCH AFRAID record. If you're new to the band I highly recommend that beautiful and haunting record. To get to my point, I always had a soft spot for JOC ever since that record and got their first and then third record. I love bands that change and evolve even if it means getting a few fans Teed off in the process. They weren't afraid to reach beyond their boundaries and even if you didn't like "If I left the Zoo" (A flawed but still great pop-rock record) you had to appreciate their honest face toward change and to move forward. They could have gone the easy route and stuck to strings and slow melodies, but then that would become stale and boring. This record is a sharp right, where IILTZ was a sharp left. It's the slower songs of MuchAfraid but without the strings, instead Dan relies on his voice to tell the stories for him. In the song "Silence" it's amazing to hear him sing louder and louder even till you hear a small scratch in his voice, it just send's chill's down your spine. Every song has it's own subtle hooks and riffs, but it takes repeated listens to find what makes each song so special. They aren't as obvious as ZOO, which is a good thing. The songs aren't as eclectic as MA but are still as honest. The lyrics are more poetic then ZOO but still aren't as good as MA. The dilemna in making a perfect record such as Much Afraid is they can never live up to it. Rather I truly appreciate this band for changing and being different every time. That is why they will always remain fresh and beautiful. This is a great record in the journey that is Jars of Clay.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have! 12 May 2002
By Seth P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In September 2001, the alternative pop/rock band Jars of Clay performed their first concert in over a year. The event served to foreshadow the group's March 2002 release The Eleventh Hour, an album heralded as comparable to the band's debut project. With this release, Jars of Clay -- composed of members Dan Haseltine, Matt Odmark, Charlie Lowell, and Stephen Mason -- held fast to the creative reins from start to finish. Serving as writers, producers, designers, and directors, the band was able to return to the vision which drove their self-titled debut. The result was a collection of 11 songs unlike any released from the band since their 1995 album. Musically, the project blends alternative rock and pop with elements of folk. Lyrically, it examines aspects of honesty and transparency, exploring human longing. The album opens with the edgy pop track "Disappear," a song expressing the difficulty people face in accepting the existence of unconditional love. Other notable tracks include the first radio single, "I Need You," a driving and passionate expression of a deep desire for God, and the tender yet haunting ballad "Scarlet." The Eleventh Hour is a much needed album from Jars of Clay. It is a return to the elements that drove the sudden success of the band in 1994 and 1995.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Well produced, great songwriting....another hit 5 Mar. 2002
By President Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jars of Clay, have once again produced a remarkable album. Several features distinguish this album from the racks of others out there.
1)Jars of Clay is musically diverse and The Eleventh Hour is a showcase for this diversity. No two songs sound alike...each has new surprises to offer.
2)It is well produced...the sound is superb.
3)The Eleventh Hour is limited to just over 40 minutes. Yup, you guessed it, Jars of Clay have refused to merely repeat the same "hook" over and over and over again...Jars of Clay have refused to incorporate weak tracks merely to fill the 80 minutes CD's can hold.
4)The lyrics. The lyrics are excellent. Jars of Clay have demonstrated the necessity of faith in daily living in these lyrics...EXCELLENT.
However, this album, in my opinion fails to reach the level of emotion that Much Afraid, or even the self titled album did. Yet, overall, a very beneficial investment. Just try and listen to "These Ordinary Days" and deny this.
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