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A musician's creative energy is truly captured in their live performance and Five For Fighting's new Live CD showcases just that. Recorded live at The House Of Blues, Five For Fighting's first live release is sprinkled with captivating tales and stories behind many of singer/songwriter John Ondrasik's favorite songs. The live album spans tracks from Five For Fighting's last three albums including their well-known hits ''Superman,'' ''100 Years,'' ''The Riddle,'' and ''Easy Tonight,'' along with many other gems. Finally, the lyrical storyboard of ''California Justice'' and acoustic rendering of ''If God Made You'' brings the performance to full circle.
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The instrumentalism is good but, the messages, oh, those messages. When done well, music touches us like nothing else. When listening to this album, I want to dance across the night with my wife and I want to breathe differently.
The band's name bewildered me until I heard it is hockey related. One receives a five minute penalty for fighting in hockey. I don't think I want to fight - I want to dance across the night and breathe deeply of this music.
That show included some explanations of the new songs he played. I won't attempt to paraphrase. The songs speak for themselves to a large degree. I will say that I continue to be touched by his attention to our soldiers and the events we all need to remember and actually think about.
In no time this album grabbed me as his past work has done. His words are just so well-crafted, his voice is so expressive and impressive, his music is so consistently "right" for the emotion being expressed.
What can I say? The guy knows what he's doing and has done it again. If you liked his last three albums, you will like this one too. There have been some "edgier" moments on his earlier albums that are absent here (e.g. The Taste from TBFE), but I don't miss them.
He's getting better, if that's possible.
If you haven't bought any of his CD's, this is a good one to try. Also, pick up The Battle for Everything - another excellent Five for Fighting CD. Enjoy!
What's my peeve? I pre-ordered this from the 'Zon and ended up paying about a buck and a half more than it's selling for now. But the $1.00 free mp3 download mollifies me. I may hold off on pre-ordering things after this experience.
If this is your first FFF album, you'll want The Battle for Everything and America Town but it's likely you already have those two. In that case, rest assured that this album lives up to those two and might well be the best of the bunch. But it's crowded at the top, this is just another terrific album.