Preview: Hawk Nelson – Crazy Love
November 10, 2010Posted by on
I have to say that I have heard this whole album, but it was kind of on accident, so I’m really only gonna talk about four songs, so this is kind of a dumbed down version of what I really want to say, but let me just say that I really like this album and although nostalgia for the first two Hawk Nelson albums runs really high, Crazy Love is up there and gets me really excited for the full release on February 8th 2011. The four songs that I’ve been asked to talk about are Crazy Love, Skeleton, Your Love is a Mystery and One Shot.
Their first single, the title track for “Crazy Love” starts us off with a little bit of autotune, which is an interesting selection for a single because although it certainly has that radio friendliness that a label and a radio DJ have gotta love, it doesn’t really represent the album as a whole all that well. Still, I bet that it will absolutely kill live. Why? Because Hawk Nelson singles always kill live, even when they don’t fit an album perfectly. I could have said the same thing about the title track to Live Life Loud or “Friend Like That” from Hawk Nelson Is My Friend and those songs will blow you away in a live setting, so there you go.
Things pick up quickly with the song that the band was gracious enough to give out for free last week with “Skeleton” being another sweet punk song that reminds me of MxPx in their best years with a little bit of Undecided mixed in there, aptly talking about being honest about who we are and confessing our sins rather than keeping them hidden when they will be found out anyway.
“Your Love Is A Mystery” follows with a great intro and demonstrates that this will be by far their most spiritually filling album to date, talking about God’s love for us despite what we’ve done.
“One Shot” is seriously a song that should have been sung in the 80’s because it would have destroyed the radio and video channels and would have been featured on Dance Dance Revolution twenty-five years later. Missed it by that much. Don’t worry, it still works today too.
This preview is definitely a hodge podge of what the album is all about and for a 13 track album, these four show that although they are all over the musical map, but definitely with an edge and a lot more punk rock than you ever would have guessed (some real punk even, not just the pop punk variety) and for me will definitely be pre-order worthy.