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Hawk Nelson-Diamonds (Music Review)
By Abby P.
Nelson released their stunning new album, Diamonds, on March 17, 2015. This is the second album the band has made with their new lead singer and former guitarist, Jon Steingard. Jon stepped up to replace their former lead singer, Jason Dunn, when he left the band in March 2012. Hawk Nelson has since energized their style, updating it to a newer-sounding blend of pop and rock. Diamonds seems to be a tribute to God working in us through difficult times, a theme the band probably understands very well.
Track no. 2, “Drops In The Ocean,” was possibly one of the most popular radio singles of early 2015. “Drops In The Ocean” is written from God’s perspective, and it explains His incredible love for us. It illustrates in the lyrics, “If you want to know how far my love can go…look at My hands, look at My side,” reminding listeners of God’s ultimate expression of His love for us: the cross.
“Diamonds,” track no. 1, articulates the main theme of the album. This song refers to how we, as Christians, are being refined, like diamonds, by pressure. As “Diamonds” says, “He is refining, and in His timing, … He’s making diamonds out of us.” It is a joyful reminder that “…God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God…,” (Romans 8:28). “Thank God For Something,” track no. 6, also acknowledges that we as believers may be going through hard times, but we can always be thankful for something, as said in the lyrics, “No matter what I am going through, I can always say thank you.”
While there are several good messages on Diamonds, “Sold Out” and “Made To Live” express my favorite theme. These songs talk about living for God, and showing the world the hope that He has given us. “Sold Out” reminds us that as Christians, we are different and that we have a mission to tell the world about Christ. “Made To Live” tells us that we are made in God’s image, and that we are created to live for Him, the Maker of the universe! The message of these songs seems to be directed towards teens and young adults, encouraging them to live differently from the world.
“Just Getting Started,” track no. 3, reminds us that we are victors in Christ, and tells us, “It’s time to show the world what they’ve waited for.” “Just Getting Started” encourages us to get out and live for Christ. The world is in desperate need of hope, and we were made to give that hope to them.
Overall, I would describe Diamonds as encouraging and honest. Hawk Nelson seems like they are trying to encourage Christians to live for Christ, and to not be afraid of hard times. This message is relevant to many Christians, and Hawk Nelson incorporates their message into upbeat, pop tunes, perfect for easy listening. Wherever it goes, I hope that Diamonds helps unite and encourage believers of our generation to live differently, after all, the lyrics of “Diamonds” states: “I won’t be afraid to shine.”
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