Reviewed by Dale Lewis
Hawk Nelson Is My Friend by
"Hawk Nelson is passionate, energetic and fun to listen to at any given time."
This review is a joint effort. I enlisted the “expert” ears of Kyle, my 19 year-old son. As you’ll see below, Kyle listened and then gave it to me straight. I added my two cents.
(Kyle) First time I listened to “Hawk Nelson is My Friend,” I liked it a lot! (I still can’t believe my Dad would listen to this type of music. He’s so 80’s!) They kicked the CD off with “You Have What I Need” — a high energy song right from the get go. Do more of that!
Hawk’s front man Jason Dunn said, "Going into this record, we sat down and thought about how we've always had this mentality of not so much winning fans as making friends."
The group reaches past their pop-punk core to create something uniquely enjoyable for its audience, blending thought-invoking ballads (i.e. “I Still Miss You”) and highly melodic, guitar-driven rock anthems (i.e. their first released single, “Friend Like That.”) "We don't want to be that band whose record sounds just like the last one," bass player Daniel Biro stated.
“One Little Miracle” (track #4) is one of the many songs Kyle connected with lyrically. The message conveyed was that if you’re looking for something, then look for God — ask Him for guidance! Having God, family and friends in your life is important.
The emotional connection Kyle experienced as he listened to his favorite song “I Still Miss You” (track #12) has aided in his healing process. As we talked, he explained that he continues to grieve the loss of his grandparents (3 of 4) over the last five years. The poignant lyrics of “All the time we spent together” and “He (God) is bigger than the cancer in you but I still miss you” hit home for him. We will continue to talk memories.
Although the lyrics aren’t on the same level as a Steven Curtis Chapman or Chris Tomlin, this rising pop-rock band known as Hawk Nelson is passionate, energetic and fun to listen to at any given time. Both son and Dad are in agreement — we like Hawk Nelson!Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.