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Hawk Nelson [Crazy Love]
Posted February 03, 2011
By KevinDavis_NRT, Staff Reviewer

Hawk Nelson has sold over 500,000 albums so far in their career and are getting ready to release their 5th studio album, Crazy Love, on February 8th. The album kicks off with Hawk Nelson’s signature rock/punk sound with “Tally-Ho” which flows right into “Your Love Is A Mystery.” What sets this album apart from previous offerings is the lyrical content, best exhibited in several stand-out songs. “Your Love Is A Mystery” has a great prayerful message “You love me Jesus it’s a mystery, You know my faults, You know my wrongs and You still love me” combined with a great synth-rock musical style, similar to “Let’s Dance.” With Crazy Love, Jason Dunn, Danny Biro, Jonathan Steingard and Justin Benner continue the call for action heard on the band’s last studio album Live Life Loud. Inspired by Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love, Dunn and producer Ian Eskelin wrote the title track and debut radio single as a greater wake-up call to love: “This book made me realize how much God loves each and every one of us,” says Dunn. “Sometimes submerged in a Christian environment, we lose perspective of what Jesus did for us on the cross. We need to wake up and grasp the meaning of what he did; Jesus made something completely unattainable, attainable, and we are called to live in and practice that same ‘crazy’ love.”

“Crazy Love” has quickly become my all-time favorite song by this great band and I am very convicted by the great lyrics: “We're the ones gonna put it all in reverse, Gonna die to ourselves, gonna live to serve.” If you haven’t had the chance to read the book by Francis Chan, this song is a great primer about the challenge to Christians in James 2:17 (NKJV): “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” “My Next Breath” is a confessional ballad that really shows the growth and maturity of the band. The chorus is a great statement of faith, “I know that I am loved, because You bought me with Your blood, I need You more than my next breath.” Another stand-out song for me is “We Can Change The World.” Like the other highlights, the song calls Christians to action with the great and catchy lyrics “we all know what we should do, it’s time for us to show the Truth, it’s up to me, It’s up to you, we can change the world, you and me, we can make a difference if we just believe, when the hands and feet start moving together, we can change the world…forever.” I’ve been a big fan of this band since their debut Letters To The President and their incredible sophomore album Smile, It’s The End of the World. As fun as those albums are, I think they have really stepped up the lyrical content with the stand-out songs on Live Life Loud like “The Meaning Of Life” and “Alive” and several songs on Crazy Love.“Done Holding On” really grabs me at the end of the album with the challenging lyrics “I’m giving up my secrets, I’m giving up my faults, I’m telling You I’m empty, should’ve known all along, It’s taken me my whole life, to realize I’m wrong, I’m giving up my secrets, I’m done holding on.” Closing track “Thanks For The Beautiful Memories” is a great upbeat autobiographical song where the band thanks their fans and God with the great lyrics: “thank God for blessing me each day, we just want to thank You for all that we’ve been through together, dreams become reality, we just want to thank You one more time, we’ll never thank You enough.”

Hawk Nelson still brings the fun songs as “Tally-Ho,” “We’re Alright,” “Skeleton,” “One Shot,” “Fraud,” “Joanna,” and “LAX” all remind me of previous rock anthems “Live Life Loud,” “Friend Like That,” “The Show,” “Bring ‘Em Out,” “Hello” and “California.” There is a maturity and musical diversity that really makes Crazy Love yet another solid album with more lyrical progression picking up where Live Life Loud left off. The band lists Jimmy Eat World as a musical influence and if you like that rock/punk sound combined with Spiritual lyrics, this album is for you.

If you’ve liked previous albums by Hawk Nelson, you’ll love Crazy Love. This is another solid album by Hawk Nelson. For me the standout songs are “Your Love Is A Mystery,” “My Next Breath,” “We’re Alright,” ”We Can Change The World,” “Done Holding On” and the excellent title track “Crazy Love,” which is now my all-time favorite song by this great band. If you like rock/punk like Jimmy Eat World, FM Static and Stellar Kart, then you can’t go wrong with Crazy Love.

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