The Battle For Everything - Five For Fighting

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Different from the touching--but too sleepy--"America Town," "Battle" impressively tackles new territory.
  2. If judged merely on a sonic level it's one of the more interesting, detailed adult alternative records of recent years. But that pompous narcissism is his Achilles' heel, the thing that keeps wary listeners at bay.
  3. Weighed down by artificially inflated anthems, garbled lyrics about the apocalypse, and coy attempts at surrealism. [6 Feb 2004, p.140]
  4. Ondrasik's self-pitying ballads overflow with dewy-eyed dreaminess, as his vocals swoon and swoop - think of a more annoying Chris Martin.
  5. The Battle for Everything is an occasionally interesting record, but the sheer pretension of Ondrasik's lyrics coupled with his penchant for self-seriousness tend to suck much of the fun out of what could have been an enjoyably middle-of-the-road adult alternative album.
  6. 20
    The Five... go for the high-flown pap of '70s singer-songwriters Dan Fogelberg and Dan Hill, playing off Ondrasik's fey falsetto and fondness for lush, string-sweetened arrangements. [Mar 2004, p.117]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Lamy
    Dec 26, 2006
  2. ZachP
    Aug 29, 2006
    I am not a music hater, but this one makes me hate music. The one amazing song is "100 Years". Hearing this album makes you wish you could return albums after opening them. Full Review »
  3. JeremyM
    Mar 3, 2006
    it is an amazing album. The lyrics and the musicality all go together so well. Listening to this album is an emotional experience.