Much Afraid was actually one of the first albums I really got into. Although Jars Of Clay’s sophomore project isn’t as predominant as their classic self-titled debut, it still manages to stand on its feet. The first half of the album features great pop rock tunes like “Overjoyed,” “Fade To Grey,” and “Crazy Times.” The latter portion of the album (with the exception of a few ballads) takes on an almost indie feel which provides a lot of meat for listeners to chew on. Of the previously mentioned ballads, “Tea And Sympathy” is not just an album highlight, it acts as one of most unforgettable Jars Of Clay songs ever (well, for me at least). Dan Haseltine also provides a impressive medium of simplicity, complexity, and vulnerability in his songwritting. The album won’t blow anyone away, but those who want a quiet getaway won’t want to pass up the band’s thoughtful lyrics or soft, intriguing music.
– Nathaniel Schexnayder
Jars Of Clay
Much Afraid (1997)
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Our synopsis: “The band’s brave sophomore project that offers thoughtful lyrics and soft, intriguing music.” (Recommended by JFH’s Nathaniel Schexnayder)
Perfect For: Worship, relationships, reassurance
Song Highlights: “Overjoyed,” “Tea and Sympathy,” and “Truce”
So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Much Afraid? Do you recommend it? If so, why?