America Town Import
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Five For Fighting ~ America Town
Five for Fighting is actually just one guy with a rather substantial chip on his shoulder who's taken his name from the amount of time a hockey player spends in the penalty box for fighting. Los Angeles native and erstwhile prodigy John Ondrasik really knows his way around a melody, bolstering it with a dramatic sense of timing and rhythm like a more modern and hipper Elton John. And that defiant chip does makes for powerful poetry, although oftentimes he sacrifices logic and clarity for the sake of iambic pentameter. While "Superman" is a catchy affair about the restrictions of being superhuman and the desire to belong ("I'm only a man in a silly red sheet looking for special things inside me"), it's doubtful that anyone who ever read a DC comic would believe that Superman would ever be "digging for kryptonite on this one-way street," since a loose fragment from Superman's home planet might turn him into a blubbering infant or a giant ant. At best, Five for Fighting follows in the narrative-based path paved by Counting Crows. --Jaan Uhelszki
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The CD in and of itself is really...not solid. The CD as a whole isn't very good, however when a song is good...its GOOD.
Superman is such an example.
Love Song is amazing too. It's about a child's point of view when his parents are getting a divorce and everything about the song (lyrics and melody) are totally fresh.
I enjoyed the Last Great American and Easy Tonight was alright.
Jainy was pretty great too...
I'm not sure it was really worth my money to get the whole CD, but I'm glad I have it, and if you've got a couple bucks to spare and you REALLY liked superman, give it a try! maybe you'll like the stuff I didn't.
The only song I heard before I bought this CD was "Superman" and so, like some of the critics, I was expecting a CD with more pop/rock music typical of the mid to late 80's. However, I think the music is more soft rock/late 70's/early 80's music overall, but that does not detract from the quality of the music in my opinion.
When I first listened to the CD I didn't really like it and only liked 3 songs, "Easy Tonight", "Superman" and "Alright". However, I listened to it a few more times anyway. I discovered that this is one of those CDs that can easily grow to your liking if you give it a chance. The sound of the music seems very original to me, and the lyrics are obviously well-written and different from similar artists out there. Sure, maybe they don't make sense at every point, but realistically, you'd have a hard time finding any artist who's lyrics always make sense to everybody. After all, music is art - you either appreciate a piece of art and "get it" or you don't. During my initial assessment of the music, I thought the songs sounded a lot alike, which you could consider a complaint.Read more ›
Ondrasik plays with tempo and vocal phrasing to great effect.The album reeks steely ATTITUDE. If you've heard Danny O'Keefe's BREEZY Stories...and liked it...you'll definitely dig (Kryptonite-like)this man's danger-dissing style. SUPERMAN is great. It's worth buying the disc to hear a wistful ballade swell into stirring anthem that'll move you "faster than a speeding bullet". Is Five for Fighting classic One Hit Wonder Band? I'm hoping troubador Ondrasik is on the verge of leaping across the INDIE bridge with this single bound, 4 For Fighting, effort.(4 and 1/2 stars)
Most recent customer reviews
Awesome! It was in good shape. Thank you very much and have a nice day to you and your familyPublished on May 6 2014 by Marie-Claude Rivard
American Town is in my opinion one of the best CDs of this decade. A soulful reflection of the human heart that gives us a mirror of what we are as people. Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by Mark Busiek
While I find the whole cd amazing and somewhat soothing, along comes this different voice at the very very end of th cd. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Deb Bee
This album is filled with some very emotional piano, acoustic guitar, and even a few tracks that have an elecyric guitar pieces. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by djhexane
i heard their song "superman" and loved it so i decided to listen 2 the cd which i did and now i really like them of course their best song is still superman and will... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004
This has to be one of my all-time favorites. The lyrics are poetic, deep, and sarcastic at times. The melodies are beautiful and catchy, but not the poppy kind that tends to bore... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004
I'd never even heard of this band but heard their new song "100 years" and was disappointed to see the cd didn't come out for another month. Soo.... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by Janice S. Wilcox
This album contains incredibly whiney, self-absorbed lyrics, elementary guitar riffs, barely mediocre bass lines, and vomit inducing piano melodies. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by D. DiIorio
This album is an absolute must have to any music collection. The melodies are fantastically accompanied by tremendous lyrics. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003