Hawk Nel­son are back with their lat­est record “Dia­monds”, which explores the idea that God uses pres­sure, strug­gles, tri­als and stress in order to cre­ate some­thing beau­ti­ful. It’s an upbeat and bright record, retain­ing the “pop” and dis­card­ing the “punk” that typ­i­cally char­ac­terised Hawk Nelson’s sound.

There’s a def­i­nite One Direc­tion vibe in the pro­duc­tion and song­writ­ing for “Dia­monds”, though the lyri­cal con­tent is much more rich the­mat­i­cally. Com­bined with the upbeat power pop sound of the 4-​piece band, “Dia­monds” is a sur­pris­ingly sat­is­fy­ing listen.

Hawk Nel­son don’t hide their faith in this record, though they present it with a mature sub­tly in an oth­er­wise bom­bas­tic and fun record. Well worth check­ing out.

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