454. Smile, It’s the End of the World – Hawk Nelson
SMILE, IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD (2006)
It was my oldest daughter that kept telling me about this band. I had heard the first album a few times and found them pleasant and fun. It was probably a year after it was released that I really listened to it and was very upset that wasted so long to give them a shot. There are so many melodic pop/punk band in Christian music that I just labeled them without ever really listening.
That was my loss.
There is actually some very well constructed songs with great melodies, killer hooks, smart lyrics and spot on vocals. What really separated this release from the mass of other similar bands is the fact that the other bands I’ve heard could not pull off a song like “Zero.” In the midst of the fun and melodic punk comes a ballad dealing with the loss of a loved one performed with such authenticity and passion that I still feel it every time I listen to it.
The rest of album ranges from punk to pop to rock seamlessly. One other song of note is the album’s closer, Fourteen. It would do the song a disservice to label it just another ballad, because it is much more musical and powerful than most “punk” ballads and has a strong message and is powerfully delivered.