Made (Hawk Nelson album)

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Made
Studio album by Hawk Nelson
Released April 2, 2013 (2013-04-02)
Genre Contemporary Christian, Christian alternative rock, Christian rock, emo pop, indie rock, pop rock, dance
Length 44:07
Label Fair Trade
Producer Seth Mosley, Jonathan Steingard
Hawk Nelson chronology
Crazy Love
(2011)
Made
(2013)
Diamonds
(2015)

Made is the sixth studio album and eighth album in total for Christian rock band Hawk Nelson, which was produced by Seth Mosley and Jonathan Steingard that was released on April 2, 2013 on the Fair Trade Services record label. This was the first album the band has made while on that respective label, and the first album that the band has made since the departure of lead vocalist Jason Dunn. The lead vocalist for the band now is guitarist Steingard. The album has been met with commercial and critical success.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Allmusic's Tim Sendra found that the "mix of uplifting rockers, stadium-ready ballads, and straight-ahead pop songs makes for a varied listening experience and the trio espouses its strong love of God with an easygoing approach that won't turn off listeners whose faith may not be as strong but still want to hear some nice non-threatening modern rock", however "if they ever get tired of making epic-sounding albums like Made. Until then, Hawk Nelson will do fine sticking to the tried and true formula they use here."[1] At Christian Music Zine, Joshua Andre affirmed that "Made will have its haters, yet many more will be touched and impacted by the diverse music and honest lyrics that Jon, Justin and Daniel bring to the table."[2] David Bunce of CM Addict wrote it would be "a great album for music enthusiasts everywhere" because the album has much "diversity demonstrated".[3]

Jonathan Andre of Indie Vision Music stated that the band released their "strongest (lyrically and musically)" engaging albums that is "full of life, vibrancy and hope", and alluded to how that we may "be surprised about how much you enjoy the riffs and guitar hooks, as well as the emotional and uplifting songs that call us into our destiny and identity with Christ in us and beside us."[4] Jonathan Francesco of New Release Tuesday praised the music as being "a great fit to CCM without sounding watered down or copycat", which he said that the band "has given us a new sound to love" that has "clever and relevant lyrics".[5] At Worship Leader, Mike Pueschell highlighted that "there's a noticeable ratcheting back on the punk sound".[6]

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

Made has been the No. 192 most sold album in the United States, which is evidenced by the Billboard 200 chart position, and this happened on April 20, 2013 charts. In addition, the album was the No. 15 most sold Christian Albums in the United States, for the same week.

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
CCM Magazine 3/5 stars[7]
Christian Music Zine 4.5/5 stars[2]
4/5 stars[8]
CM Addict 4.5/5 stars[3]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 squares[9]
Indie Vision Music 4/5 stars[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[10]
3/5 stars[11]
New Release Tuesday 4/5 stars[5]
Worship Leader 4/5 stars[6]

Made has achieved generally favorable and positive reviews from the eight critics, so far. Allmusic's Tim Sendra called it "another big-hearted, big-sounding emo-pop album that's fully stocked with big, hooky choruses", which features "far more pop in their sound than there is emo and not a single note, vocal, or emotion is out of place", and noted that the "sound is very much of the time with Auto-Tune, fake turntable scratches, little bits of electronics poking through the edges of the mix."[1] At CCM Magazine, Matt Conner told that the "new album is marked by positive and powerful pop anthems...the band still holds a bit of its youthful zeal," but "these guys have definitely grown up."[7] Joshua Andre of Christian Music Zine vowed that "Hawk Nelson may not sound as they did in their previous albums, but these young men of God have a fantastic heart for Jesus, and it shows through these new offerings, and as eloquently mentioned by Jon", but that "no doubt this album will be one of the most talked about for the coming months; and it’s clear that the new Hawk Nelson have plenty more albums in them."[2] Also, Christian Music Zine's Tyler Hess reviewed the album, saying that he was "fairly pleased with this rendition of Hawk Nelson and although ranking it with prior albums might be unfair I’d say it would be somewhere in the middle based on this somewhat early opinion."[8] David Bunce of CM Addict called the songs "encouraging, captivating, and catchy".[3] At Cross Rhythms, Graeme Crawford found that "some of their ballads are a bit generic, and some may find that it doesn't rock enough for them, but it is rare that [he] find[s] a CD [he] enjoy[s] that [his] family does too, and that's got to be a good thing."[9]

Indie Vision Music's Jonathan Andre affirmed that "this is a welcomed change from a band that has continued and will continue to give us heartfelt melodies of redemption, hope and encouragement", and that "Hawk Nelson's latest album is a treasure from start to finish".[4] At Jesus Freak Hideout, John "Flip" Choquette highlighted that "Made is undeniably catchy, unabashedly truthful and honestly quite hard to stop listening to", and he implored us that it is "easy to be a skeptic and write something off without giving it a chance, but when you do, you miss out on something special", which he portends that we "don't let that happen with Made, because you might just miss one of the best albums of the year."[10] On the other side of the coin, Bert Gangl of Jesus Freak Hideout found that "while there's absolutely nothing wrong with the pop idiom, in and of itself, or even trading in one's punk roots for a kinder, gentler sound, much of what appears on the new record, pleasant though it is, fails to make much of a lasting impression."[11] New Release Tuesday's Jonathan Francesco asked a question about the album "is it any good?", which he wrote that "the short answer is: definitely."[5] At Worship Leader, Mike Pueschell told that the album has a "subtly updated sound" that should be "likely palatable and welcome change for Hawk Nelson’s maturing fan base".[6]

Track listing[edit]

Tracklist
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What I'm Looking For"   Steingard 3:26
2. "A Million Miles Away"   Seth Mosley, Aaron Rice, Steingard 2:40
3. "Words" (featuring Bart Millard of MercyMe) Matt Hammitt, Mosley, Steingard 3:24
4. "Elevator" (featuring Blanca Callahan of Group 1 Crew) Jordan Mohilowski, Rice, Steingard 3:21
5. "Every Beat of My Broken Heart"   Steingard 3:50
6. "Made"   Phillip LaRue, Mosley, Steingard 3:52
7. "Love Like That"   Rice, Steingard 3:35
8. "Through the Fire" (featuring Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North) Mike Donehey, Steingard 3:48
9. "Faithful"   Steingard, Sam Tinnesz 4:08
10. "Anyone But You"   Mosley, Rice, Steingard 3:02
11. "Outside the Lines"   Steingard 4:08
12. "Fighting For"   Steingard 4:53
Total length:
44:07

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak position
US Billboard 200[12] 192
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[13] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sendra, Tim (April 2, 2013). "Made - Hawk Nelson : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Andre, Joshua (April 1, 2013). "Hawk Nelson – Made (Review)". Christian Music Zine. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Bunce, David (April 8, 2013). "Review of Made by Hawk Nelson". CM Addict. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Andre, Jonatha (March 26, 2013). "Hawk Nelson – Made | Reviews". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Francesco, Jonathan (March 12, 2013). "The New Hawk Nelson Shows What They're Made Of". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Pueschell, Mike (April 9, 2013). "Made". Worship Leader. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Conner, Matt (April 1, 2013). "Hawk Nelson: Made (Fair Trade)". CCM Magazine. p. 78. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Hess, Tyler (April 2, 2013). "Hawk Nelson – Made (Second Opinion Review)". Christian Music Zine. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Crawford, Graeme (May 16, 2013). "Review: Made - Hawk Nelson". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Choquette, John "Flip" (March 27, 2013). "Hawk Nelson, "Made" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Gangl, Bert (March 18, 2013). "Hawk Nelson, "Made" Review: Second Staff Opinion". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hawk Nelson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Hawk Nelson.
  13. ^ "Hawk Nelson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Christian Albums for Hawk Nelson.