299. Jacob’s Trouble – Jacob’s Trouble
JACOB’S TROUBLE (1993)
One of the greatest disappoints in my 30 plus years in the Christian Music industry is that Jacob’s Trouble did not become one of the biggest bands out there. Their much too short 4 album career (plus a token best of compilation) was filled with amazing music, great lives shows and some of the best songs the genre produced during its time.
After three very acoustic, 60’s driven psych-billy releases that were compared favorably to The Beatles, The Kinks, The Monkees and The Byrds (or just about any band that started with “The,” Jacob’s Trouble went modern alternative with big guitars and a nod of the influence hat to U2, Dime Store Prophets and Spin Doctors.
On a totally personal note they were also some of the very nicest guys I ever worked with a sales person.
One of the great ironies is that despite the heavy influence of 60’s rock, the band was, in a way ahead of their time. Never was this more true than on this final release. Great hook oriented rock with passionate and authentic vocals. There is always a self-aware sense about the band and knowing who they were and how to best reach people through their music in believable ways.
“This Moment” remains one of my all time favorite JT songs and is a great example of sounding completely relevant and current while allowing their classic rock influences to shine through. “Desiree” sound like it would have fit quite comfortably on U2’s “rattle and Hum” while “Lovehouse” is reminiscent of a Spin Doctors groove.
Despite receiving very strong Christian rock radio play with multiple singles, the album sales were decent but not much more. As good as what Audio Adrenaline and Newsboys were producing at the time it is a shame the band would soon split up and leave CCM with one less quality band.