The Battle For Everything - Five For Fighting
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  • Summary: Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik returns with his third Five For Fighting album, with Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow) handling some of the production duties.
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  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]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. AmandaG
    Mar 13, 2004
    10
    The best and most beautiful thing i've ever heard. these reviewers are insane.
  2. Lamy
    Dec 26, 2006
    10
    Fantastic...
  3. JessicaG
    Mar 20, 2004
    10
    This is a must-have for all Five For Fighting fans and newcomers alike - it should be part of every music lovers collection. It is original This is a must-have for all Five For Fighting fans and newcomers alike - it should be part of every music lovers collection. It is original with great lyrics and sounds, and must admit that since I bought this album, I just can't get enough of it! All the songs on it are all great, so it really is hard to select favourites. But if I had to pick some, I'd have to say "The Devil in the Wishing Well", "100 Years", "Dying" and "One More For Love". Collapse
  4. LisaP
    Jan 6, 2005
    10
    A beautiful album that allows you to escape for hours.
  5. JeremyM
    Mar 3, 2006
    10
    it is an amazing album. The lyrics and the musicality all go together so well. Listening to this album is an emotional experience.
  6. RobC
    Nov 15, 2005
    8
    This is not a bad album, i think maybe is just for FFF fans.
  7. ZachP
    Aug 29, 2006
    2
    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 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. Expand

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