The Long Fall Back to Earth

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The Long Fall Back to Earth
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Studio album by Jars of Clay
Released April 21, 2009
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Rock, Christian rock
Length 59:06
Label Gray Matters, Essential
Producer Jars of Clay, Ron Aniello
Jars of Clay chronology
Closer EP
The Long Fall Back to Earth
The Shelter
Singles from The Long Fall Back to Earth
  1. "Two Hands"
    Released: March 10, 2009
  2. "Heaven"
    Released: Late October, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Christian Manifesto 4.5/5 stars[2]
Christianity Today 4.5/5 stars[3]
CM Spin 8.69/10[4]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 stars[5]
Indie Vision Music 4/5 stars[6]
Jesus Freak Hideout 5/5 stars[7]
5/5 stars[7]
Louder Than the Music 4.8/5[8]
New Release Tuesday 4/5 stars[9]
Patrol magazine 6.9/10[10]

The Long Fall Back to Earth is the ninth full-length studio album from Jars of Clay. It was released on April 21, 2009 through Gray Matters and Essential Records.


The Long Fall Back to Earth is the first Jars of Clay album that doesn't include any cover songs since 2002's The Eleventh Hour. The Long Fall Back to Earth is their follow-up to the acclaimed Good Monsters album.

In mid-February, the band released the first single off the album, "Two Hands," with a mix of song clips on their website along with a pre-order package. The album came in at number 10 on the Jesus Freak Hideout most anticipated albums of 2009.[11]

In late October, the second single, "Heaven", was released.

The album was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" category.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jars of Clay except where noted.

Album release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Long Fall"   2:19
2. "Weapons"   3:28
3. "Two Hands" Jars of Clay, Jeremy Lutito, Gabe Ruschival 4:26
4. "Heaven" Jars of Clay, Lutito, Ruschival 3:18
5. "Closer"   3:56
6. "Safe to Land"   4:47
7. "Headphones"   4:54
8. "Don't Stop"   3:44
9. "Boys (Lesson One)"   4:01
10. "Hero"   4:52
11. "Scenic Route" Jars of Clay, Lutito, Ruschival 5:41
12. "There Might Be a Light"   3:56
13. "Forgive Me"   3:53
14. "Heart"   5:50
Total length: 59:06


The album peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Albums.[12]


In 2010, both the regular and limited edition of the album were nominated for a Dove Award for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards, with the limited edition winning the award. The album also won the award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, while the song "Two Hands" was also nominated for Song of the Year.[13]

The Long Fall Back to Earth was also nominated Grammy Award for Best Pop Gospel Album of the Year.[citation needed]


Performance Credits

Technical Credits


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "The Christian Manifesto review". The Christian Manifesto. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Christianity Today review". Christianity Today. Wayback Machine. 2009-04-25. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  4. ^ "CM Spin review". CM Spin. 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Cross Rhythms review". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Indie Vision Music review". Indie Vision Music. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  7. ^ a b "Jesus Freak Hideout reviews". Jesus Freak Hideout. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Louder Than the Music review". Louder Than the Music. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  9. ^ "New Release Tuesday reviews". New Release Tuesday. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  10. ^ "Patrol magazine review". 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  11. ^ "Highlighting 2009 - Looking Ahead To New Music In 2009". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)

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