Diamonds (Hawk Nelson album)

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Diamonds
Diamonds by Hawk Nelson.jpg
Studio album by Hawk Nelson
Released March 17, 2015 (2015-03-17)
Genre Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock
Length 34:39
Label Fair Trade Services
Producer Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson chronology
Made
(2013)
Diamonds
(2015)
Miracles
(2018)

Diamonds is the seventh studio album from Hawk Nelson. Fair Trade Services released the project on March 17, 2015. They Spawned six singles from the album: "Just Getting Started", "Drops In the Ocean", "The Great Unknown", "Sold Out", "Live Like You're Loved" and "Diamonds".[not verified in body]

Singles[edit]

  • "Just Getting Started" - October 20, 2014
  • "Drops In the Ocean" - January 12, 2015
  • "The Great Unknown" - May 18, 2015
  • "Sold Out" - August 1, 2015
  • "Diamonds" - February 22, 2016
  • "Live Like You're Loved" - September 26, 2016

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4/5 stars[1]
CCM Magazine4/5 stars[2]
Christian Music Review2.5/5[3]
Christian Review Magazine5/5 stars[4]
CM Addict3/5 stars[5]
Cross Rhythms8/10 squares[6]
HM Magazine3.5/5 stars[7]
Jesus Freak Hideout3.5/5 stars[8]
3/5 stars[9]
3.5/5 stars[10]
Jesus Wired8.5/10 stars[11]
New Release Tuesday3.5/5 stars[12]

Signaling in a three and a half star review by Jesus Freak Hideout, Alex Caldwell recognizes, "With a few mis-steps aside, Diamonds severs up a meal that is hearty, well made and worth your time to hear."[8] Sarah Fine, indicating in a three and a half star review from New Release Tuesday, realizes, "what Diamonds lacks in diversity, it more than makes up for in heart, and at the end of the day, that's what this band has always been about."[12] Awarding the album an eight out of ten for Cross Rhythms, Philip Laing states, "In 'Diamonds' we hear Steingard leading Hawk Nelson into a new season of pop and rock genre crossing."[6]

Specifying in a four star review from CCM Magazine, Matt Conner reports, "Music fans of all ages just being introduced to the band affectionately known as Hawk will find Diamonds as an extremely easy entry point, while its pop sensibilities yet sophisticated song crafting will appeal to their lifelong fans. Hedge your bets on Diamonds to be among the year's bigger successes."[2] Ben Rickaby, mentioning in a three and a half star review for HM Magazine, responds, "While the album may be a little too radio friendly for my taste it doesn’t change the fact that it’s an amazingly positive and fun album to listen to."[7] Giving the album four stars at About.com, Kim Jones states, "Diamonds has a joy that is contagious."[1]

Brianne Bellomy, awarding the album three stars for CMA Addict, writes, "this album for me isn't just quite there yet."[5] Rating the album a 2.5 out of five at Christian Music Review, April Covington says, "artistic development a little lacking."[3] Writing a review for Christian Review Magazine, Leah St. John rating the album five stars, states, "Diamonds is [a] fantastic album".[4] Stephanie Crail, giving the album eight and a half stars at Jesus Wired, describes, "this record is very successful at reminding believers of our purpose and challenging us to live boldly."[11]

One of the songs off the album, Just Getting Started, was featured in the opening sequence of Smosh: The Movie, directed by Alex Winter.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Diamonds"Jon Steingard, Jason Ingram, Jonathan Steingard, & Matt Bronleewe3:03
2."Drops in the Ocean"Jason Ingram, Jonathan Steingard, & Matt Bronleewe3:24
3."Just Getting Started"Jordan Mohilowski, Jonathan Steingard, & Sam Tinnesz3:22
4."Live Like You're Loved"Jon Steingard, Ben Glover, & David Garcia3:48
5."Sold Out"Jon Steingard3:35
6."Thank God for Something"Jon Steingard, Seth Mosley, & Michael Farren3:25
7."Count on You"Justin Ebach, Jonathan Steingard, & Sam Tinnesz3:00
8."Made to Live"Jon Steingard, Seth Mosley, & Phillip LaRue3:19
9."Straight Line"Jon Steingard3:18
10."Only You"Jon Steingard & Micah Kupier4:45
Total length:34:39

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[13] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jones, Kim. "Hawk Nelson's 'Diamonds' Shines (Review)". About.com. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Conner, Matt. "Hawk Nelson: Diamonds". CCM Magazine. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Covington, April (March 9, 2015). "Hawk Nelson 'Diamonds'". Christian Music Review. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  4. ^ a b St. John, Leah (March 17, 2015). "Music Review: "Diamonds" by Hawk Nelson". Christian Review Magazine. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Bellomy, Brianne (March 6, 2015). "Hawk Nelson "Diamonds" (Review)". CM Addict. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Laing, Philip (August 24, 2015). "Review: Diamonds - Hawk Nelson". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Rickaby, Ben. "Hawk Nelson – Diamonds". HM Magazine. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Caldwell, Alex. "Hawk Nelson, "Diamonds" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Gangl, Bert. "Hawk Nelson, "Diamonds" Review - Second Staff Opinion". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  10. ^ Rice, Mark. "Hawk Nelson, "Diamonds" Review - JFH Staff's Additional 2 Cents". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Crail, Stephanie (May 26, 2015). "Hawk Nelson Shines with Stunning New Diamonds Album". Jesus Wired. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Fine, Sarah. "Diamonds In The Rough". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "Hawk Nelson Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 28, 2015.