Hawk Nelson's much awaited follow up to Letters to The President continues their energetic pop punk sound and fun but serious attitude on twelve new songs. Smile, It's the End of the World includes "Bring 'Em Out," "Nothing Left to Show," "14," and more. Please note: Although this is a new product, the CD case may have a small cut in the spine.
Format: Compact disc Vendor: Capitol Christian Music Group
It really isnt appropriate to say that this young band has grown up because that implies its members have lost their youthful energy, and that just wouldnt be right. Hawk Nelson is still a young band with a lot of vigor, and since releasing its label debut, Letters to the President, the foursome has matured both musically and lyrically. This latest offering not only avoids the dreaded sophomore slump that plagues many bands second efforts, it surpasses all expectations. This album has hit written all over it packed with catchy hooks, brilliant songwriting and immaculate production.
After the amazing success of Letters to the President, as well as the TV and film appearances theyve made, its no surprise that Hawk Nelson delivered a great record that will please its fans. What is surprising about this record is just how much Hawk has matured and where the band is headed with its sound. This is an album of songs that youll want to crank up in the car or on your iPod in the summer. Despite the title, or perhaps because of it, there are a lot of positive upbeat tunes here, like the party anthem, The Show, that is reminiscent of the MXPX hit Punk Rawk Show. Its followed by yet another upbeat shout-it-out-loud rocker Bring Em Out, which is so hooky it may get stuck in your head forever. And speaking of hooks, the song Everything You Ever Wanted slows things down just a little. Surely a Top 40 video hit waiting to happen, this track tells us it isnt just about pop-punk rock this time around. Theres a distinct power-pop influence on this record that will definitely earn it fans of the Click Five and Fountains of Wayne sound.
The biggest area of growth on Smile, Its the End of the World is clearly evident in the albums lyrics. Is Forever Enough is a song that really captures the meaning behind the albums title, talking about all of the chaos in the world we live in but coming back with an answer that says no matter what happens, God is always there for us: You take my breath away/Now Im trying to get up/Im trying to retrace my steps back to wherever I messed up/Is forever enough?/Im holding on/I know youll be there whenever I wake up.
The lyrics are good and the songs are great, but the best thing about this album is the production. This record sounds so good! From the recording, to the strings, piano, driving guitars and booming drums, the production is near perfection. Aaron Sprinkle manned the helm again this time around for Hawk Nelson, and he seems to have grown as a producer as much as the band has. He is easily the most underrated producer out there. But this album should have no problem bringing Sprinkle and Hawk the increased exposure and recognition they both deserve.