Jars of Clay – Who We Are Instead
Representing their most acoustic-based since their first disc, Who We Are Instead is their most relaxed-sounding material to date. The stripped-down sound accompanied a more direct focus on their spirituality, with Gospel influences apparent in some of the songs and the names of God and Jesus being more explicitly mentioned throughout the disc. Guitarist Steve Mason proved to be rather versatile on this album, with several songs featuring either the lap steel or mandolin.
The album features two covers: The 1974 song ”Lonely People” by America, and the 1971 composition ”Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet” by Gavin Bryars. The song ”Amazing Grace” is not a cover of the popular hymn, but rather an original song written by the band.