Jars of Clay is one of the few Christian rock bands from my childhood that have continued to make new and original music with each album. Not only that but they are doing it well in my opinion. While I still can’t say that they have made anything as good as their debut album, at least they are consistently striving to do so, and fortunately for us they are allowing their musical style to develop and evolve as they get older. They just came out with a new EP a couple of months ago that is a great example of what I am talking about. With the title track they push even take us even farther away from their acoustic beginnings with a fun and very melodic synthesizer driven pop song, that is better than anything I’ve heard in a while from these guys. Also along with two other new tracks, they also did new versions of two of the better tracks off of their first album. While I found them interesting, I doubt I’ll ever choose to listen to either of them over the original again. But keep an eye on these guys. I don’t think that we’ve heard the best from them yet.
Jars of Clay – Closer (removed 2/13/09)