SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

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Monday, August 09, 2004

JARS OF CLAY & THE MAN IN BLACK. An interesting article in NRO today by one Mark Joseph, giving a very favorable review of the latest Jars of Clay album, Who We Are Instead. Interestingly, the album came out close to a year ago. According to Joseph, the band is following in the footsteps of the late Johnny Cash, who had a remarkable career and really came into his own in the last few years of his life. Indeed, I think that Cash's American IV: The Man Comes Around has a *BRILLIANT* title track and a very strong single in a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt." (Incidentally, there was a wonderful article about Cash and his final album on NRO back in September of '03.)

I don't know quite what to think of Jars following in the path of Johnny--meaning, I don't know what on Earth that would sound like. It certainly sounds like a new direction for the band, and I've not purchased any of their albums in a while, Joseph's review has motivated me to pick up a copy tomorrow. I remember seeing Jars play a concert at Olsen Auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University back in...nineteen-hundred and ninety-seven, A.D. It was a fun show, the band being quite hot still from their first album and touring in support of their second. I remember the song "Fade to Grey" being a standout from the show. In any case, that was quite a while ago, and so I'm excited to hear what new directions and dimensions the band is exploring.

And not to forget, the album gets Bono's stamp of approval.

(Green Lake--Seattle, WA)

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