Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Its been almost four years since John Ondrasik has written a Five For Fighting album, after his AWARE/Columbia release “American Town” in late 2000. The band splashed onto the scene with their hit song “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” and received critical acclaim due mostly to Ondrasik’s unique songwriting. The band returns this year with “The Battle for Everything” which takes an even deeper step into the abstract lyrics that makes Ondrasik’s music so exceptional. There is an apparent seriousness to Five For Fighting’s lyrics, proving that the ambition and raw emotion they pour out eclipses him from the cutesy Singer/Songwriters that saturate the pop culture today. The album opens with the smooth “NYC Weather Report” and follows with “The Devil in The Wishing Well”, a beautifully written track that immediately connects with the listener. The piano ballad “100 Years” is sure to be a huge hit, and could possibly surpass “Superman” as the bands most notable work. Perhaps the most impressive track on this album is the song “Dying” which displays a soothing piano and drum loop backing Ondrasik’s passionate vocals, this song is nothing short of breathtaking. Also noteworthy are the closing tracks, “Maybe I”, “One More For Love” and the closer “Nobody”. If Ondrasik’s battle on “The Battle For Everything” was to prove that he was more than just a one-hit-wonder, his critics will definitely be waving their white flags very soon.