Inland (Jars of Clay album)

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Inland
Jars of Clay Inland.jpg
Studio album by Jars of Clay
Released August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)[1][2][3]
Recorded 2012 at Flora Recording & Playback (Portland, Oregon)[4]
Genre Christian rock, pop rock, alternative rock, acoustic rock
Length 50:36[1]
Label Gray Matters
Producer Tucker Martine[4][5]
Jars of Clay chronology
The Shelter
(2010)The Shelter2010
Inland
(2013)
Singles from Inland
  1. "After the Fight"
    Released: June 18, 2013
  2. "Inland"
    Released: July 2013[citation needed]
  3. "Fall Asleep"
    Released: December 2013[citation needed]
  4. "Reckless Forgiver"
    Released: May 2014[citation needed]

Inland is the eleventh full-length studio album by rock band Jars of Clay, which was released on August 27, 2013 by Gray Matters label.[1][2][3][4][5] The album was produced by Tucker Martine at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, Oregon.[4][5] The album has seen significant charting successes, and has garnered critical acclamation.

Background[edit]

The album was recorded in Portland, Oregon at Flora Recording & Playback in July 2012 by the band, and it was produced by grammy-nominated Tucker Martine.

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was released on August 27, 2013 by Gray Matters label.[1][2][3] The song "Love in Hard Times" was packaged with the purchase their EP entitled Under the Weather (Live in Sellersville, PA), and this occurred on March 18, 2013. "Inland" was released as a promotional single by the band through Rolling Stone on June 17, 2013, which was free to download.[6] On June 18, 2013, the band released the lead single "After the Fight" from the album. On August 20, 2013, Jars of Clay allowed Billboard to stream the album.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CCM Magazine 4/5 stars[8]
The Christian Manifesto 5/5 stars[9]
The Christian Music Review Blog 5/5 stars[10]
CM Addict 3.5/5 stars[11]
Indie Vision Music 4/5 stars[12]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[13]
Louder Than the Music 5/5 stars[14]
New Release Tuesday 4.5/5 stars[15]
The Phantom Tollbooth 5/5 stars[16]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4/5 stars[17]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4.5/5 stars[18]

Inland garnered universal critical acclaim for their release by music critics. Andy Argyrakis of CCM Magazine told that "the group continues pushing creative and lyrical boundaries eleven albums later. Rather than taking the safe and easy radio route, the group turns to producer Tucker Martine [...] for a hipster friendly journey of melodic pop treasures that candidly discuss life's many emotions during uncertain times."[8] At New Release Tuesday, Kevin Davis noted the album for its "beauty and transparency", and stated that the release "is 'All it was meant to be.'"[15] Roger Gelwicks of Jesus Freak Hideout called the album "essential listening" that the release "demonstrates that the band's identity rests in revitalizing change", and how the band has "stayed incredibly fascinating" in their musical longevity makes this "all the more impressive."[13] In addition, Gelwicks noted this album as being "Original at the core and rooted in practiced experience".[13] At Indie Vision Music, Ian Zandi told that he would "put this record on par with their classic self-titled album and The Long Fall Back to Earth."[12]

At The Phantom Tollbooth, Bert Gangl proclaimed this to be "An absolutely brilliant artistic statement and arguably the band's most compelling offering to date, Inland has, at long last, equaled the quartet's landmark debut and taken its place as the new benchmark against which all of its successive efforts should be measured."[16] Derek Walker of The Phantom Tollbooth told that "Inland doesn't quite match the spacious beauty of their début or the synth-rich intricate layers of The Long Fall Back to Earth, both of which are 5-Tock [five-star] works, but it is a melody-fuelled work, rich in lyrical imagery, that succeeds both as an introduction to the band and as a satisfying addition to their canon for long-time fans."[17] Also, Scott Mertens of The Phantom Tollbooth felt that "The beauty of Inland is how the independent songs meld together to create story. This is the mark of a fine piece of art. As a whole, the message is not only intact but has a greater meaning."[18]

Calvin Moore of The Christian Manifesto felt that "Inland offers what has always made this a great band: thoughtful, honest, hard-pressed questions, lyrics that present the beautiful struggle, and music that draws the listener into the longing for more."[9] In addition, Moore noted that "Jars of Clay still makes stellar music", and he told that "A little consistency in a world full of inconsistency is never a bad thing."[9] At Louder Than the Music, Jono Davies evoked how the release "is full of hit after hit".[14] Julia Kitzing of CM Addict told that she was "not hearing strong references to their faith."[11] At The Christian Music Review Blog, Jim Wilkerson stated that "If you are looking for a collection of songs that will not only be satisfying to the ears, but also make you think, then I am sure Inland will do the trick."[10] Rob Snyder of Alpha Omega News graded the album an A, which he affirmed "Good luck finding vertical lyrics but I do love the intelligence of the lyrics; words to make you think without any one dropping f-bombs or relaying on tried and trite tirades", yet he called this "Strong stuff and worthy of your attention."[19]

Commercial performance[edit]

For the Billboard charting week of September 14, 2013, Inland was the No. 70 album sold in all of the United States via the Billboard 200, and it was the No. 2 Top Christian Album as well. In addition, it was the No. 14 Independent Album, and the No. 20 Top Rock Album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jars of Clay unless otherwise noted below[20].

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "After the Fight"   4:32
2. "Age of Immature Mistakes"   3:53
3. "Reckless Forgiver"   3:52
4. "Human Race"   3:57
5. "Love in Hard Times"   4:31
6. "Pennsylvania"   4:33
7. "Loneliness & Alcohol"   4:45
8. "I Don't Want You to Forget"   3:49
9. "Fall Asleep"   4:41
10. "Skin & Bones"   3:52
11. "Left Undone"   3:58
12. "Inland" Nathan Barlowe, Jars of Clay 4:13
Total length: 50:36[13]

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Other personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[21] 70
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[22] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[23] 14
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[24] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jesus Freak Hideout (August 27, 2013). "Jars of Clay, 'Inland' Review". John DiBiase. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Jars of Clay (August 27, 2013). "Inland by Jars of Clay". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Andre, Joshua (June 1, 2013). "Jars of Clay Releasing "Inland" August 27th!". Christian Music Zine. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Odmark, Matt (July 18, 2012). "Jarlandia". Jars of Clay. Archived from the original on July 24, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Jars of Clay (2013). "Photo by instajars". Instagram. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jars of Clay (June 17, 2013). "Download Jars of Clay's 'Inland'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ Schneider, Marc (August 20, 2013). "Jars of Clay, 'Inland': Exclusive Album Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Argyrakis, Andy (September 1, 2013). "Jars of Clay: Inland (Gray Matters)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. Salem Publishing. p. 66. ISSN 1524-7848. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Moore, Calvin (August 27, 2013). "Inland". The Christian Manifesto. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Wilkerson, Jim (August 27, 2013). "Jars of Clay: Inland". The Christian Music Review Blog. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Kitzing, Julia (August 23, 2013). "Review of Inland by Jars of Clay". CM Addict. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Zandi, Ian (August 30, 2013). "Jars of Clay – Inland Review". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d Gelwicks, Roger (August 25, 2013). "Jars of Clay, "Inland" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Davies, Jono (September 9, 2013). "Reviews - Jars of Clay - Inland". Louder Than the Music. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Davis, Kevin (August 18, 2013). "Inland is "All it was meant to be"". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Gangl, Bert (August 26, 2013). "Jars of Clay - Inland (Gangl)". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Walker, Derek (August 28, 2013). "Jars of Clay - Inland (Walker)". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b Mertens, Scott (August 29, 2013). "Jars of Clay - Inland (Mertens)". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  19. ^ Snyder, Rob (August 27, 2013). "Jars of Clay "Inland"". Alpha Omega News. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ Allmusic (August 27, 2013). "Inland – Jars of Clay". Rovi. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Jars of Clay – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Jars of Clay. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  22. ^ "Jars of Clay – Chart history" Billboard Christian Albums for Jars of Clay. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  23. ^ "Jars of Clay – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Jars of Clay. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  24. ^ "Jars of Clay – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Jars of Clay. Retrieved September 5, 2013.