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America Town Import

4.4 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 26 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004YC29
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
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1. Easy Tonight
2. Bloody Mary (A Note On Apathy)
3. Superman
4. America Town
5. Something About You
6. Jainy
7. Michael Jordan
8. Out Of Love
9. The Last Great American
10. Love Song
11. Boat Parade
12. Alright

Product Description

Product Description

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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By A Customer on June 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like many others, I really liked the song "Superman" so I bought the CD.
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.
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This CD is awesome! My family was separated for a while, (We were considering moving to AZ and my dad was living there alone to see how we'd like it.) my dad was living in AZ and everyone else in New York. One day my dad heard Superman on the radio. He fell in love with it. He immediately bought the CD. Now my entire family loves it! The stand-outs are Superman, Jainy, Bloody Mary, Easy Tonight, Love Song, Out of Love, America Town, Boat Parade etc. (They are not in opinion order.)Anyone who doesn't like this CD is INSANE! Note: Superman was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for approx. 67 weeks. Almost no song can live up to Superman. Get this CD as soon as you read my review...It's worth it! Also, check out their newest single 100 Years. THe album it is on (The Battle for Everything) will be out February 3, 2004. Other artists to check out are Matchbox Twenty, Michelle Branch, Sheryl Crow, and Jewel. But for Jewel, please, please, please only get Pieces of You, and This Way. If there are any other old ones those too. DO NOT get her newest, 0304. You will be terribly disappointed it is basically Britney Spears' clone! Note:I am 10, am not into the teenybopper thing like so many people seem to have as a prejudice for girls my age. It is not true. I can't stand Britney Spears! Thanks! Again get America Town by Five for Fighting, it's the best!
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I feel I must point out that this album is not for everyone. It seems that a lot of the comments here are from disgruntled buyers who would sooner criticize the artist's abilities than admit that maybe this particular type of music just didn't appeal to them. I think this only leads to useless comments that don't help anyone else decide whether this is a CD they should add to their collection or not. You'd be better off listening to the constructive criticism of people who gave this an average or better rating than the ones who didn't like it much.
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.
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John Ondrasik knows his way around pop piano and engaging lyric. AMERICA TOWN is solid bid to make FIVE FOR FIGHTING a house hold album as SMALLVILLE leaps into its assured second season,and IT AIN'T EASY TO BE ME (SUPERMAN)receives more air play as a prospective series'theme song. The disc is a concept album about heroes; love; love of heroes and bogus hero worship(Michael Jordan). THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN is an ironically chiseled (bitter/better)version of the same title from his previous MESSAGE TO ALBERT outing. AMERICA TOWN challenges reflectively; while ALRIGHT and BOAT PARADE bristle with anger against Yuppie culture reducing the nation to the brink of moral anarchy.
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'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)
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