By Kyle Kiekintveld
LABEL: GRAY MATTERS/ESSENTIAL RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 21, 2009
RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5
“The Long Fall Back To Earth” is an uplifting album. It is so positive that if it wasn’t so seamlessly produced it might be a turn off. Yet everything meshes together in a perfect blend of music, lyric and message. It will keep your head nodding along with it.
Jars of Clay have been around for long enough that this is their tenth studio album. The band has solidified its status as being one of the biggest bands in Christian Rock. It would of been easy for the band to come out with a bad album. This album is most certainly anything but a bad album.
Every song on the album is memorable. However, the biggest flaw of the album isn’t something most people would fault the band for. The album sounds like the typical Christian Rock album. This is partly because other bands have tried to sound like Jars of Clay, and partly because it just doesn’t seem to try to break new ground. This isn’t an overwhelming negative. The album sounds fantastic. In fact it has so many overtones of summer that it is hard not to like it.
Among the great songs on the album is “Long Fall” which serves as the introduction to the album. While normal introductions are good, this one is stunning. It is an instrumental at its core with an amazing, enticing piano in the background drawing you into the album. This track is perfect.
The most surprising track on the album is “Forgive Me”, which by title alone threatens to be staggeringly cliché and not worth the listen. It is well worth the listen. Though the subject matter is cliché, the simple sound of the song draws you in and forces your head to nod with the steady beat. The lyrics are surprisingly fresh.