The Long Fall Back to Earth

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
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 21, 2009
StudioSputnik Sound, Nashville, Tennessee
LabelGray Matters, Essential
ProducerJars 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
The Christian Manifesto[2]
Christianity Today[3]
CM Spin8.69/10[4]
Cross Rhythms[5]
Indie Vision Music[6]
Jesus Freak Hideout[7]
Louder Than the Music4.8/5[8]
New Release Tuesday[9]
Patrol magazine6.9/10[10]


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.


The songs dive into pop rock and synth-rock, as well as electronic pop recalling David Bowie, the Flaming Lips, and MGMT.[1][7] Its sounds have been seen as 80s-influenced.[1][7]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Jars of Clay except where noted.

Album release
1."The Long Fall" 2:19
2."Weapons" 3:28
3."Two Hands"Jars of Clay, Jeremy Lutito, Gabe Ruschival4:26
4."Heaven"Jars of Clay, Lutito, Ruschival3:18
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, Ruschival5:41
12."There Might Be a Light" 3:56
13."Forgive Me" 3:53
14."Heart" 5:50
Total length:59:06
iTunes deluxe edition bonus tracks
15."Headphones (Jeff Savage's Tomorrowland remix)"4:48
16."Two Hands (JMO remix)"5:18
17."Stories Behinds the Songs" (Video)9:52
Overcuts and Remixes - EP
1."Save My Soul"3:07
3."Love Won't Let Us"3:59
4."Headphones (Jeff Savage's Tomorrowland remix)"4:48
5."Heaven (Jeff Savage's Love of Silence remix)"3:36
6."Heart (Jeff Savage's Solar Funk remix)"5:05
Total length:23:53


The album peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 and No. 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]


Jars of Clay

Additional musicians

Choir on "Weapons"


  • Jars of Clay – producers at Sputnik Sound, Nashville, Tennessee, art direction
  • Ron Aniello – producer (4, 5, 6, 11, 12)
  • Mitch Dane – engineer
  • Vance Powell – engineer (7, 8, 10, 13, 14)
  • Joshua V. Smith – assistant engineer
  • Jay Ruston – mixing at TRS West, Sherman Oaks, California
  • Stephen Marsh – mastering at Marsh Mastering, Los Angeles, California
  • Michelle Box – A&R production
  • Tim Parker – art direction
  • Kharyn Hill – photography
  • Brandy St. John – stylist
  • Denika Bedrossian – hair, make-up


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