Editors’ Notes Since their debut in 1995, Jars of Clay has zigzagged across the pop music spectrum while remaining true to their Christian vision. The Essential Jars of Clay maps out their journey with an eye towards side projects as well as major statements. The first 18 tracks do a good job following the band’s progress from acoustic folk-rock (“Flood,” “Tea and Sympathy”) into more mainstream pop terrain (“Unforgettable You,” “Fly”). Also evident is the broadening of JoC’s lyric reach from the interior musings of “Worlds Apart” to the more sweeping perspective of “Revolution.” If anything, the stylistic shifts featured in the second 16 tracks are even more interesting. Tracks like “Needful Hands,” Work,” and “Dead Man (Carry Me)” give a sense of how diverse the band’s sound had grown over time. Worth special notice are more obscure tracks like the pensive “The Widowing Field” (from the soundtrack to When We Were Soldiers) and the billowy “Bethlehem Town” (from the multi-artist City on a Hill project). Overall this anthology lives up to its title in capturing Jars of Clay’s eclectic essence.

SONG
Flood
1
3:31
 
Liquid
2
3:30
 
Worlds Apart
3
5:17
 
Love Song for a Savior
4
4:45
 
Tea and Sympathy
5
4:46
 
Fade to Grey
6
3:32
 
Crazy Times
7
3:34
 
Five Candles (You Were There)
8
3:48
 
Goodbye, Goodnight
9
2:53
 
Grace
10
4:31
 
Can't Erase It
11
3:32
 
Unforgetful You
12
3:20
 
I Need You
13
3:39
 
Fly
14
3:18
 
Silence
15
5:16
 
Revolution
16
3:41
 
Coffee Song
17
3:01
 
New Math (Tweed Horse Sessions)
18
3:19
 
Sunny Days
1
3:30
 
Tonight
2
3:37
 
Shipwrecked
3
2:51
 
Faith Enough
4
5:24
 
Jealous Kind
5
4:08
 
Needful Hands
6
2:45
 
Dig
7
3:14
 
God Will Lift Up Your Head
8
4:22
 
Work
9
3:53
 
Oh My God
10
6:04
 
Dead Man (Carry Me)
11
3:18
 
Mirrors & Smoke
12
3:56
 
This Road
13
5:05
 
The Widowing Field
14
3:57
 
Bethlehem Town
15
4:33
 
Little Drummer Boy
16
4:25
 

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