9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2002
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
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2004
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.