Hawk Nelson Is My Friend
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One highlight on the album is "One Little Miracle". I'm normally not a fan of ballads on an album like this, but this song really works for the band. "Turn It On", "Ancient History", and "Just Like Me" are punchy little rockers that are every bit as good as the band's best work from previous albums. "I Still Miss You" is a slower ballad with a strong message that closes the album out on a serious note.
This is a Christian album, but outside the last track the band sings more about the fruits of their faith rather than the source of it. Most of the tracks deal with typical Christian responses to life issues, but they more or less talk around the faith aspect and Christ himself. There's nothing wrong with this; this is meant to be a rock album and not a sermon... but some listeners who are looking for direct messages about Christ might be disappointed. When you combine the faith of the band with the messages they are sending in the music it is a very powerful witness.
The album finds a happy medium between their first two albums, which is usually the case with third efforts. The first thing you'll notice is the band reverts back to its heavy punk pop sound as in "You Have What I Need," and the band largely keeps the album upbeat and fun shown in "Turn It On," only tackling the heavier stuff on the surprising last track "I Still Miss You." This is clearly a rock party mixed with positive the lyrics seen in "One Little Miracle."
"Ancient History" highlights the album with its catchy verses and totally awesome chorus. Its a very strong track all the way through, and will certainly make their inevitable 'best-of' release.
Of course, not all the songs are completely up to snuff. "Somebody Else" delivers on the chorus, but bores on the verses. The same goes for "Arms Around Me," and "Words We Speak. "Just Like Me" on the other hand sounds like an MxPx cover.
In asking what's the better Hawk Nelson release, it's kind of hard to judge because they're different in tone. "Letters to the President" still holds up with their raw and unabashedly simple-minded pop punk, but they also knew how to create a serious political track and punch out a killer ballad.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good purchase. Glad to find online cheaper than in other places. My boys like this cd and they wanted it.Published on January 8, 2014 by Merinda Richards
Thank you for putting music with a message out there. We are encouraged in the Lord every time we listen to it! Keep up sharing the good news!Published on June 27, 2013 by william baldwin
Fun cd, it's definitely Hawk Nelson. This cd is worth getting if your liked Smile It's the End of the World. Not as good as Smile of course, but still amazing. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by PunkRockRebel
The whole album with the exception of One Little Miracle and I Still Miss You are fun, classic pop punk songs. Any fan of HN should own this.Published on January 14, 2011 by Sara
I'm a long time "HN" fan. I've seen them in concert several times, have an autographed album, keep up on their podcasts and even have their poster hanging in my room... Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by Media Lover
These guys are really good. I liked just about every song on the cd. I found out about them when I was watching videos on a Christian television station. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Julian Puente
I enjoy listening to this cd! "Let's Dance" is my grandson's and my favorite to listen to together.Published on August 27, 2009 by K. Boyle
I'm a huge Amy Grant fan and she is featured on this cd. I'm glad you had it at such a great price. Thanks!Published on July 13, 2009 by Joseph S. Pino
My 11.5 year old son loves this CD and sings these songs while in bed at night! He sings them in the car even when not listening to them. Read morePublished on May 16, 2009 by E. Miller
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