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Album Review

Hawk Nelson have made a pretty good career out of being nice guys with a penchant for huge hooks and fresh-faced emo pop (with an emphasis on the "pop" side of things). The soaring melodies, the slick and processed guitars, and the massive vocal harmonies that fill their albums all seem to scream pop music, the easygoing vocals and often-inspirational lyrics of singer Jason Dunn smooth away any rough edges, and the unblinking avowal of their Christian beliefs (when so many CCM bands try to hide them in order to get crossover success) gives them some integrity. The band's fourth album, Live Life Loud! shows the band adding more ballads and midtempo tunes to their repertoire, though there are still plenty of their usual uplifting rockers present. The two songs that kick this album off, the title track and the ripping "Never Enough," are examples of the band at their best, bursting with energy and joy. So are the giddily poppy "Long Ago" and the surprisingly angry "The Job" (which somehow ends up sounding like a punk-pop version of the Replacements). When they bring the energy levels way down, the guys also show themselves to be pretty good mainstream pop/rock balladeers on "Stream," respectable country crooners on the heartfelt "The Final Toast," and happily worshipful (with bagpipes) churchgoers on "Tis So Sweet." The songs stuck in the middle aren't quite as successful, and when the group aren't rocking or slowing things way down by bringing in the acoustic guitars, they end up sounding pleasantly generic instead of inspiring or exciting. A middling Hawk Nelson are still a band worth checking out, though, and the strength of the bulk of the album means that Live Life Loud! is another excellent outing from one of the better CCM-pop bands around.

Customer Reviews


This is my favorite Hawk Nelson CD. My favorite song is either Long Ago or Tis So Sweet.

Not bad, but not good enough.

There's nothing weirder than the paradox of the emo Christian band. You've got very immature emotions and angst about everything, but you know that you want to sing to, and about, God. It's like a talent show at a youth Christian camp.

This album is catchy, but snot nosed. Add in the Christian spin and it's the worst offspring of the Blink 182 era. At their best, they remind me of a poor man's Green Day, but often trite and cloying.

There's nothing too bad on here, just not much worth keeping. The stats are pretty weak. Almost all the songs are 2 stars. It makes them hard to get rid of even though you want to. Like an STD or glitter. There's two 3 star songs in Ode to Lord Stanley and The Job. You can't really go wrong with a Ukulele. There's four 2 star songs worth keeping and the rest are throwaways.

A mediocre Hawk Nelson album.

Honestly,Hawk Nelson started to slow down with this album.
The first 3 songs are good. Meaning of live and Alive are okay. The job is good. Everything else just forget it. Mine as well just skip this album.


Formed: 2003 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Christian punk-pop quartet Hawk Nelson formed in 2003 in Peterborough, Ontario. Originally comprising frontman Jason Dunn, guitarist Davin Clark, bassist Daniel Biro, and drummer Matt Paige, the group set things in motion with the release of their debut EP, Saturday Rock Action, which earned the attention of fellow Peterborough native Trevor McNevan, vocalist of Tooth & Nail label act Thousand Foot Krutch. Thanks to McNevan's cheerleading, the label extended a contract offer to Hawk Nelson, who...
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Live Life Loud, Hawk Nelson
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Christian & Gospel, Music, CCM
  • Released: Sep 18, 2009

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