Jars Of Clay "Inland"
by Julia Kitzing (cmaddict.com) on 2013-08-23 13:03:06

I honestly have only liked one or two songs off of recent Jars of Clay albums. This album confuses me because after listening through the album I am not hearing strong references to their faith. I did some looking to find interviews that would help explain this. Then I found an interview that helped me understand more. They have made the decision about 10 years ago to make their music more accessible to those who may be “put off by religion” as stated in an interview in 2002. The songs on “Inland” became a way for the band to deal with issues in their own lives and then offer them to their fans. The band actually left Nashville and went to Portland to write the songs on “Inland”.

This album, after several times of listening, strikes me as talking about struggles that we all have and how to overcome those struggles. As guitarist Matthew Odmark says. “Part of the spiritual journey is facing the grief and frustration of everyday life. Songs are a great way to look at the questions we don't have the answers to, with an open heart. By writing about our lives at this moment, we can wrestle with these problems in a redemptive way and offer the results to other people”.

“Reckless Forgiver” talks about something that everyone wants in life. It talks about wanting peace. This is something that we all desire. It admits that we’ve all made mistakes and that we are all lost and need to find “peace like a river”. Lyrics like, “All I want is peace like a river…love that won’t leave too soon. A wreckless forgiver..” speak to the message that we are all longing for peace and a love that won’t leave.

“Human Race” has a very cool guitar part that totally takes you by surprise. This song seems to be talking about how we live in such a fast paced world and a society that is so instant. With lyrics like “Plastic we don’t know we’re spending, my favorite shows have all cancelled..” seem to all be such a common thing in this day and age.

“Skin and Bones” shares the story of how so many people are hiding and scared to let the world know who they really are. With lyrics like, “Love is skin and bones trying to set us free, I can feel the pulse is dying in captivity..” People want to come out of hiding and let others know what they are dealing with, but will people accept them or will they be rejected? So many people ask this question all the time.

Currently, Billboard is offering a free preview of their album “Inland” this week and according to their Facebook page Jars of Clay is going to be having an online album release party for their album.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Genre: Alternative
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

1. After The Fight
2. Age of Immature Mistakes
3. Reckless Forgiver
4. Human Race
5. Love in Hard Times
6. Pennsylvania
7. Loliness and Alcohol
8. I Don't Want You to Forget
9. Fall Asleep
10. Skin and Bones
11. Left Undone
12. Inland

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