Hawk Nelson Is My Friend
- Tuesday, April 01, 2008
- You Have What I Need
- Friend Like That
- Turn It On
- One Little Miracle
- Let's Dance
- Ancient History
- Somebody Else
- Arms Around Me
- Just Like Me
- Not the Same
- Words We Speak
- I Still Miss You
Hawk Nelson wants to be your friend, and not just in the MySpace sense either. The power pop/punk rock band has long held to the idea of not just winning fans through their music, but making friends in the process. Clearly they've made more than a few since their 2004 debut
The band's gratitude inspired the title of their third project,
As much as I loved the band's willingness to broaden their stylistic horizons on
That said, many of the songs offer the usual youth-oriented themes of Christian rock. Like "Turn It On," another one about shaking from complacency and living with purpose, but it makes no effort to say anything different or express it in a unique way.. "Let's Dance" does a little better with its message of being comfortable with your own skin, rather than conforming to the world, though parts of it still seem overly familiar. And Hawk Nelson continues their bad and confusing habit of shifting perspective within a song. Far as I can tell, the "you" in "Words We Speak" refers to three different identities: a hurting friend, the one responsible for the hurtful words, and the God that can heal our hurts.
Hawk Nelson offers up a slice of personal nostalgia with "Not the Same," but the words rely heavily on inside references that will seem meaningless to anyone from outside the band's hometown. The album's most effective example of personalized songwriting comes in "I Still Miss You," co-written with Trevor McNevan (Thousand Foot Krutch) in tribute to a dearly departed grandmother: "I always prayed you'd get well soon/I wish my prayers came true/I know Jesus has the answer and He's way bigger than the cancer in you." It's not going to win any awards, but touching nonetheless.
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