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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Productions Uk Ltd
  • ASIN: B000VRXNT2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Gift Of St. Cecilia
  2. Wonderful Christmastime
  3. Love Came Down At Christmas
  4. O, Little Town Of Bethlehem
  5. Hibernation Day
  6. Winter Skin
  7. Peace Is Here
  8. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
  9. Evergreen
  10. Christmastime Is Here
  11. Drummer Boy
  12. Gabriel's Message
  13. In the Bleak Midwinter
  14. I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day

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Jars of Clay has finally released a Christmas CD! Fans (or this one at least) have long awaited one. While it isn't the instant Christmas project I love, there is lots of great stuff here.

The disc features lots of rare and original songs. For example, the group wrote two instrumental songs, "The Gift of St. Cecilia" and "Evergreen." There are also three original songs. While "Winter Skin" and "Hibernation Day" celebrate winter and the fun it can bring, "Peace is Here" celebrates the peace that Jesus can bring.

In my Christmas music collection, I had no copies of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime." I can't compare it to anything else, but I like their alt rock take on it. I was also unfamiliar with "Love Came Down at Christmas" which is based on a Christina Rossetti poem. I really like it. I especially enjoy the reference to a kids folk song at the end.

Then there are the classics. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" gets a makeover with a new melody. It makes the song very haunting. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is likewise slow and haunting. And yes, they include "Drummer Boy." This is a different version then their single released years ago, but it does sound very similar. "Christmastime is Here" is part jazz and part rock. It sort of works, but I still prefer the original.

And that's the only real problem with the disc. Some artists can pull off a mix of their signature sound on a Christmas release. Jars of Clay comes close, but they don't quite do it. The CD is fine, but I think it will be several years before I consider it a true Christmas project. I will definitely pull it out in mid-December when I am ready for something different. But it won't be the first thing I get out the day after Thanksgiving.

Don't misunderstand. This isn't a bad release. It is quite enjoyable for something different. And it will please Jars of Clay's many fans.
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I love Jars of Clay as a band and I love Christmas sound so when I discovered this Cd I thought 'this is for me!'
But it was not quite what I was expecting. The songs are very melancholy and downbeat and not what I associate with Christmas at all. I would say this is an Alternative Christmas album. Good but not amazing.
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Love it. Different. If you're bored of the same old same old, give this a try. Very mellow and chilled.
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good for kids parties
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Peace Is Here" deserves to be in your yearly rotation of Christmas songs. Gloria! 12 Feb. 2013
By THowerton - Published on Amazon.com
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First you should know that there are many songs here that are Jars of Clay originals or little known covers. The better known Christmas fare all has a unique Jars touch and feel added to it.

Of the original material the song "Peace Is Here" is a wonderful, Spirit-infused piece of Christ Mass (worship). It's is probably my favorite of the album. Other original songs, some of which aren't celebrating Christmas so much as they are a shivery white winter, fit the project fairly well with the exception (IMO) of "Evergreen" with its downturned, slightly out of tune notes and feel.

Of the covers the Clay men do a wonderful and affectionate and bright version of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime".

Of the traditionals several were chosen that were unknown to me like "Gabriel's Message", a big cathedral hymnal type of song. But the known songs, such as "O Little Town of Bethlehem", were given a worshipful but almost electronica treatment where the music has a slight buzzy energy and clear worhsipful vocals and hums. I liked them very much though they aren't necessarily my favorite versions of these well-known and oft repeated Christmas songs. And, perhaps as an "of course", they included their popular fan favorite version of "The Little Drummer Boy". Always enjoyed.

So in summary this wintery Christmas inspired CD offers much more than an off-the-rack Christmas CD that you might buy. It will be reflective, celebratory, and worshipful. Thanks to those JoCs who continue to put out one fine release after another. Keep up the inspired work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice mix of original songs and original arrangements 18 Dec. 2016
By Lostininterpretation - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice Jars of Clay Christmas Album. I give it 5 stars because I can't think of any negatives. Sound nice original songs along with a few standards and instrumentals. I liked the following tracks: 1. The Gift of St. Celila, 2. Wonderful Christmastime, 5. Hibernation Day, 6. Winter Skin, 9. Evergreen, 10. Christmastime Is Here, 11. Drummer Boy, 12. Gabriel's Message, 14. In the Bleak Midwinter, 15. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. That's 10 out of 15. Not bad.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great even for those whom are not Christmas Music Fans 1 Jan. 2009
By Joshua Banker - Published on Amazon.com
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One thing I dred during the Christmas season is the many repeatitive annoying Christmas songs that play over the intercom system at retail stores across this country. It annoys me so much, if someone were to ask me if I like Christmas music I typically say no. Well in reality I do enjoy Christmas albums that are well thought out and not over the top. Some of the best are ones that the artists treat like it is a regular album. "Christmas Songs" by Jars of Clay is a good example of that. It has the perfect mix of new songs along old classics that are arranged to sound like classic Jars tunes. This year I played it in the background while I was at work and I tended to enjoy this one the most this year. Very relaxing and very festive.

Another album I would recommend if you like this one is "My Holiday" by Mindy Smith. Her style is not all that different from Jars of Clay.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Mar. 2017
By dora s. - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm enjoying my cd!
Thank you, Dora
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always Pleasantly Surpised, Never Disappointed 18 Oct. 2007
By CalebJohn - Published on Amazon.com
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I must in all honesty echo for the most part the review of Derek M. Foster. Given that I totally agree with the balance it has and even some of the criticisms, I have only a couple thoughts to add for discussion sake and also so that the good reviews are reinforced.

Last year my wife and I bought Sarah McLachlan's album "Wintersong", and found it to definitely be our favorite Christmas album; however, our only criticism was that at times it seems to be on the more depressing side of music, where Christmas songs should be joyful! But even in that she seems to capture the meditative importance of Christmas (God will use whom He will). But I echo the sentiments of others that Christmas songs should be joyful in that Christ was born! There are few things to celebrate as much as that (and they all have to do with Him, of course).

In the case of this Jars of Clay album, there is a real joy in Christmas music without succumbing to a real, for lack of a better term, cheesiness or fluffiness that accompanies almost every modern day Christmas album. Although it is true that the back half of the album is at times too slow, I never got the sense that the joy was lost, and like all Jars albums, it is always very deep, even when they are having fun.

Having said that, I can also understand the desire to have Christmas albums sung with a certain anonymity, and for the most part I too enjoy that aspect of it; but I have come to realize over the years that Jars write with a signature that is fundamental to who they are, and it is difficult to imagine them otherwise. And besides, who doesn't enjoy hearing a classic with a distinguishable voice like Bing Crosby. In the future, we or our children may enjoy the incredible voice of Dan Haseltine and the style of Jars of Clay. But again, I appreciate that review. It was spot on.
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