The Eleventh Hour (album)

The Eleventh Hour (album)

Infobox Album
Name = The Eleventh Hour
Type = Album
Artist = Jars Of Clay

Released = March 5, 2002
Recorded = 2001-2002
Genre =

  • Rock
    Length = 42:26
    Label = Essential Records
    Producer = Jars Of Clay
    Reviews =
    *Allmusic Rating|4|5 [ link]
    *Christianity Today Rating|4.5|5 [ link]
    *Cross Rhythms rating-10|10 [ link]
    *Jesus Freak Hideout Rating|4.5|5 [ link]
    Last album = "Jar Of Gems"
    This album = "The Eleventh Hour"
    Next album = ""
    Misc = Singles
    Name =
    The Eleventh Hour
    Type = Studio
    single 1 = I Need You
    single 1 date = 2002
    single 2 = Fly
    single 2 date = 2002
    single 3 = Revolution
    single 3 date = 2002
    single 4 = Whatever She Wants
    single 4 date = 2002

    "The Eleventh Hour" is the fourth studio album of the band Jars of Clay. It was released in 2002 by Essential Records and marked the band's first attempt at producing a full album for themselves.


    When writing the group's fourth album, Jars of Clay enlisted Dennis Herring, who produced the band's "If I Left The Zoo" album, to produce, but due to scheduling difficulties, Herring decided to pull out of the project, leading to the band's first attempt at producing by themselves. Though not initially intending to produce the album themselves, the group took on this and many other aspects of putting the album together they had not before, such as artwork and even filming "Ten:Thirty - The Making of The Eleventh Hour" video.

    "The Eleventh Hour" is considered a return to Jars of Clay's original sound, though in truth it bore stylistic similarities to all three of the albums preceding it, and continued the trend of favoring poetic lyrics over straightforwardly "Christian" lyrics (with lead single "I Need You" being a notable exception, reflecting a trend toward more direct and simplistic "worship songs" that had become popular in Christian music at around the turn of the century). The electric guitar was a more notable presence here than on past albums as well.

    The song "Fly" had limited success at mainstream radio, but by this point, Jars of Clay was much less visible in mainstream music than they had been in the mid-nineties. The album was recorded in the band's own Sputnik Studio, and they self-produced it in addition to doing all of the photography and artwork on their own, even down to using the programs to design the cover. This was the first time that they had produced their own material since the self-titled album.

    The album's tour was later recorded and released as a DVD known as ', which featured the same cover artwork as "The Eleventh Hour". Later, the group re-recorded many songs from the first four albums and released these studio sessions along with the live performances as '. "Something Beautiful" and "The Eleventh Hour" were the only songs from "The Eleventh Hour" that were included on the studio portion of the release, while "The Eleventh Hour" appeared a second time on the live performance (the only song to appear twice, on track five of each disc) and "Disappear", "I Need You", "Fly" and "Revolution". In 2007, the group parted from Essential Records and Sony BMG, Essential's parent company, decided to release a greatest hits collection as part of their The Essential series. "The Essential Jars of Clay" features four songs from "The Eleventh Hour" which are the singles "I Need You", "Fly" and "Revolution" and the album's track "Silence".


    * "The Eleventh Hour" earned the band a third consecutive Grammy Award in the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category in 2002.
    * "The Eleventh Hour" won Best Modern Rock Album at 2003's Dove Awards.

    Album artwork

    The album cover of "The Eleventh Hour" is a photograph of Seattle taken by Dan Haseltine from a hotel window looking down the Pike Place Market. All of the artwork was created jointly by the band, as the group wanted to put together an album that they had created, after being prompted to produce the album with the departure of Dennis Herring from the producer position before pre-production had begun.

    Track listing

    # "Disappear" - 3:56
    # "Something Beautiful" - 3:46
    # "Revolution" - 3:42
    # "Fly" - 3:20
    # "I Need You" - 3:40
    # "Silence" - 5:17
    # "Scarlet" - 3:32
    # "Whatever She Wants" - 3:43
    # "The Eleventh Hour" - 4:27
    # "These Ordinary Days" - 3:04
    # "The Edge of Water" - 3:54


    * Shawn McWilliams - drums in Tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    * Joe Porter - drums in Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7
    * Chris Donahue (musician) - bass guitar in Tracks 2, 8, 11
    * Aaron Sands - bass guitar in Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7
    * Tab Laven - banjo in Track 11
    * John Catchings - cello in Tracks 2, 6, 11
    * Fleming Painter - guest vocal in Track 7
    * Robert Beeson - executive producer
    * Vance Powell - engineer
    * Mitch Dane - engineer in Track 3
    * Jeremy Cottrell - second engineer
    * Josh Williams - second engineer at FrontPage Studios
    * Jack Joseph Puig - mixer
    * Bob Ludwig - mastering


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