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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B000000550
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jars Of Clay ~ Much Afraid

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've owned this for a while now, but somehow it just never leaves the stereo! It is in my opinion the strongest album the Jars have done, from the intro of Overjoyed to the haunting ethereal ending of Hymn, listen once and you'll want to listen again. My stand out tracks being "Frail" and "Much Afraid" but all of it being amazing. Don't just read this, BUY IT!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'd never heard of Jars of Clay until a girl on the floor below me in Hall at University heard me playing something else and said that I might like it. I still don't know much about them - but this is a fabulous album. Great songs like "Overjoyed" and "Crazy Times" along with really thoughtful numbers like "Frail" and "Portrait of an Apology" - I'm not really into stereotypical Christian music and Jars of Clay are a Christian band, whatever that means. But they sound good so don't just take my word for it - go buy it and see!
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I love most of what Jars of Clay of have produced over the years and their early stuff is the best in my view. This album is a little slower than some of the other stuff. A little melancholy perhaps, but it has a silver lining right throughout which speaks to me of the hope that Christ brings even in the midst of the worst. If I'm in the right mood I just put it on.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Any Previous Skepticalities Fade To Grey Now With This 10 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I don't care if everyone is comparing 'Much Afraid' to the self-titled 'Jars Of Clay' from 1995. This album stands well on its own. However, as a new Jars fan, this is one of the best rock/pop albums I ever heard. I wasn't a fan when Jars Of Clay first emerged onto the Christian rock scene because I thought they were receiving too much publicity, and I thought Dan Haseltine's voice was too country-drenched. But now that I am... I'm wondering how naive I was! The reason I like this CD is because of the CD cover (everypage is a different color like someone previously mentioned), the vocals (persuasive, unique), the lyrics (I'm not big on lyrics but this one swayed me; Dan's words are thought-provoking), and the instrumentals (acoustic guitar-meets-electric guitar). They have this hard-edged rock-meets-country sound, yet they have drew me in with the techno/pop flavored "Fade To Grey." All the ones that are upbeat are great, and all the slower ones start off real slow, but gradually grow on you. The strong points of this album is my all-time favorite Jars song "Overjoyed" (quite big on melody), "Fade To Grey," "Tea & Sympathy," (a play on words- "Wonder why we tried/ For things could never be/ Play our heart's lament like an unrehearsed symphony), "Crazy Times" (arguably the most uptempo track with some serious strings), "Weighed Down" (insightful lyrics and rhythm), & "Truce" (a short, yet vigorous, dancey tune). 'Much Afraid' is a must for any Jars Of Clay or light rock fan.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An outstanding album, DEFINETLY worth listening to 9 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've read some of the other reviews and, since Jars is my favorite group, I decided to enter in a review, even though not too many people will probably read it. I agree with the people who said that Jars took some risks on this album. They followed up a triple-platinum album with one that is COMPLETELY different. At first listen, I didn't like it so much, and was dissapointed. But after further listening it became my favorite album of all-time. Although the lyrics are hard at times to understand, the same message that brought them to popularity still remains in this cd. Personally, songs like "Frail" and "Portrait of an Apology" have gotten me through alot. There are many out there who will say D.C. Talk is the best, or perhaps the Newsboys. I enjoy both as well, but they both lack the instrumental beauty that the four Jars-boys bring. Anyone, from any culture who has a love of music can sit back and enjoy an earfull of the amazing guitars, keyboards, drums, vocals and, if you listen, an accordian. If you want an album that brings beauty and a message, buy this cd. You won't be dissapointed.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Jars puts out a wonderful follow-up. 23 Feb. 2000
By Eric Frederickson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After a stunning debut, Jars of Clay's sophomore CD goes somewhat of a different route, opting for more overdubbed tracks, and less of the drum machine. The result is an album that is better in my opinion. Many sonic textures exist, ranging from the orchestration in the sober "Frail", to the harder edges of first single "Crazy Times". In between, a variety of high points shine, including a folk-ish gem, ("Hymn"), pure pop songs, ("Five Candles", "Tea and Sympathy"), and subdued ballads, (the title track, "Portrait of an Apology"). The lavish outro harmonies of "Tea and Sympathy" turn a typical pop tune into something very pleasant to listen to. The thoughtful, slight-dance rhythm of "Truce" is quite intriguing, and the seemingly rhetorical "Weighed Down" recalls the first album's hidden song. At first glance, the album seems to lack musical coherence, but the quality of each song helps unite them all together, despite some noticeable experimentation. "Much Afraid" takes the band's talents, as evidenced in the first record, and adds many layers of musical color, creating a brilliant collection of songs.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Jars' sophomore album is just as good 14 Jun. 2004
By Caitlin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This was one of the first Jars of Clay CDs I had the pleasure of listening to after I became a fan of the band a few months ago. They are truly amazing, and despite the critics and such, I think they did pretty well with "Much Afraid." It's not only a statement concerning the Christian faith in general, it's a very personal reflection on the band's feelings about reaching out to a secular world with a message of faith and hope. From what Jars has said in interviews they were very "much afraid" to make a follow up to their smash hit self-titled debut because they were mocked by the secular music audience for being too preachy and then scorned by the Christian audience for not being preachy through rough times, bouts of depression and a passion for Jesus Christ, Jars of Clay wrote some of the most honest, spiritual, poetic and overall some of the best music i've heard from them yet on "Much Afraid." The stand out tracks (in my opinion) are "Crazy Times" which is a painful reminder of the reality of heartache, "Tea and Sympathy" a great observation of a self-serving society, "Frail" a beautiful depiction of humility and "Truce" which is the most eccentric song on the album. Most have blamed the band's third album "If I Left the Zoo" for being the moodiest and the darkest album they've released. However, "Much Afraid" perfectly encompasses a season of despair and confusion, while still reminding us to keep faith. Great music with a powerful message...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Different but still great 10 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This follow-up to their self titled album is certainly different, but not in a bad way. Each song is a rich tapestry of great music and lyrics. One change that I noticed was the simplicity and great poetry of the first album was gone, replaced by complex rhythms and more suttle lyrics. One more thing: I noticed that some of the songs, including "Five Candles(You Were There) had no mention of God or Jesus even once, and to the outside ear could be interpreted as non-Christian music. I find this disconcerting because it is a sign of Jars of Clay trying to go more commercial and away from their roots.
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