Smile, It's the End of the World
- Saturday, April 01, 2006
- The One Thing I Have Left
- The Show
- Bring 'Em Out
- Everything You Ever Wanted
- Something on My Mind
- Is Forever Enough
- Nothing Left to Show
- Head on Collision
- It's Over
When Hawk Nelson debuted in the summer of 2004, they seemed just another follower of Relient K and MxPx in a market already crowded with punk-pop bands. Less than two years later, it's hard to ignore their impact. Selling more than 100,000 copies of their debut
Fans are obviously clamoring for more, and many of the same ingredients are here for
They remain rooted in catchy punk rock, as heard in "Bring 'Em Out" and "The One Thing I Have Left." But like Relient K, they're not content with offering the same predictable style ten or twelve times over an album. Hawk Nelson knows how to change it up with healthy doses of power pop, adding spice to songs like "Nothing Left to Show" and "It's Over" while successfully rendering ballads like "Zero" and "Everything You Ever Wanted."
Better still are the songs that owe as much to Weezer and The Cars as The Ramones and Green Day, particularly the ultra-catchy '80s rock of "The Show." The harmony heavy "Head On Collision" is as much fun as All Star United ever was, and the same is true of the bouncy shuffle and kazoos in "Hello." While the buoyant "Something on My Mind" crosses punk with the piano pop of Ben Folds or Ian Eskelin, a far heavier rock sound characterizes "Is Forever Enough."
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