Your Love Is A Mystery (3:11)
Crazy Love (3:40)
My Next Breath (3:30)
We're Alright (3:03)
We Can Change The World (3:20)
One Shot (3:21)
Done Holding On (3:34)
Thanks For The Beautiful Memories (2:43)
In the Christian music industry it isn’t easy to recover from a less than stellar or even mediocre release. For fans who remember Hawk Nelson‘s less than mediocre “Live Life Loud” (2009) you will happy to know that they have recovered rather nicely. The recovery takes the shape of Hawks most recent release “Crazy Love/The Light Sides” Which explores much deeper topics than any of their previous projects.
Musically this album sounds much more contained than “Live Life Loud” Instead of going for a grunge-meets-pop-rock sound the band has returned to the sound they had on 2008′s Hawk Nelson is my friend and even Smile, It’s the End of the World the bands two biggest albums so far. It’s still pop rock but the sound is more refined plus any album without cheerleaders is a bonus.
Lyrically the album continues in the direction of the second half of LLL but seem to search even deeper than the skin deep worship songs. The title cut “Crazy Love” focuses on the change we go through and how that looks to the world. “My Next Breath” and “You Love is A Mystery” are both worship songs while “Joanna” serves as the cliched love song we’ve come to expect from the Canadian band.
The track that really stands out is the album’s title cut “Crazy Love” a song following the idea that the love that we as Christians follow is just that, Crazy. Exploring the idea of God’s sovereignty and reign in our lives and how that goodness looks in our own lives. In the chorus Hawk sings “The say it sounds insane, we say that we’ve been changed, by the power of, Crazy Love, This world just looks at us, like we’re ridiculous, baby it’s all because of Crazy Love.” The song also explores the theme of service through this love and puts emphasis on our spiritual death so we can live to serve. This song along with other tracks on this album can be very convicting and make us think about how we live our lives for Christ.
Overall this is a good album and a nice recovery from triple L. listeners will also enjoy “The Light Sides”which is a collection of acoustic songs from the bands first three projects. Overall this album will be a nice addition to any fan of the Christian Pop/rock genre.
Record Label: BEC Recordings
Release Date: February 2, 2011