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A series of little essays about life in America, freedom, war heroes, vintage cars and what have you, this album was inspired by real life conversations, and is the most personal of his three albums to date. First single "The Riddle (You & I)" is already taking the charts by storm, and justifiably so. He shares a conversation with his son, and sings "Here's a riddle for you / Find the Answer / There's a reason for the world / You and I..."
Other notable tracks are "Freedom Never Cries", a non-political war commentary with the lyrics "I only talk to God / When somebody's about to die / I never cherished freedom / Freedom never cries"; and also "World"; the highway anthem "California Justice"; the title track, and the retro "Johnny America". For pure, unadulterated feel-good listening you MUST try "I Just Love You", and for a quirky change try the reggae-tinged "Policeman's Xmas Party"
The one major failing of this album is that it only has ten tracks, but they're darned good songs, so dust off your Americana collection, get a new flag for the porch, and relax with Five For Fighting in your CD player today.
Amanda Richards, August 1, 2006
The savior of this album, for me, is the lyrics. That is, most of these are great stories relating to family or the state of the U.S. and the world. "World," in fact, is all about deciding what kind of world you want it to be, because your choices make a difference. "Johnny America" and "Freedom Never Cries," on the other hand, are about the impact of America on the world -- good or bad. While "The Riddle" focuses on what a father teaches a son about living life and "I Just Love You" rings particularly true to anyone who loves a wife, husband, child, or parent well beyond the point of having particular reasons for doing so.
That said, "California Justice" and "Policeman's Xmas Party" don't do much for me, but they're OK. "65 Mustang" is light and fun to drive to -- no surprise there. And while I can't blame anyone for thinking, "Get to the point, will you?" on several of the songs, once they get going, they're well worth the listen.
My personal favorites? "The Riddle" (both versions), "World," "Two Lights," and "I Just Love You."
"Two Lights" isn't a really GREAT album, but if you enjoy Ondrasik's brilliant lyrics and light, crisp piano style, you should give this album the try it deserves.
Freedom Never Cries: 3/5
Song is overall decent. Wouldn't make a single but it does have a wonderful tune to it and deep lyrics. The song gets boring in the music with a very unoriginal scale, G to D to E (walking down steps). It's an overused pattern and needs to be layed to rest for awhile.
I can see this song becoming a single. Again you hear the annoying G to D to E almost right away, but it recovers with a powerful chorus and bridge that give the song new life.
California Justice: 5/5
Catchy tune and the beginning bass line is absolutely beautiful. The song has got to be one of the best songs on this release.
The Riddle: 5/5
First single from the CD and a wonderful choice, very deep story of his dad, himself and his son. Couldn't imagine a better tune for it.
Two Lights: 5/5
Another catchy song, symbolic and well put together.
65 Mustang: 3/5
Ok song about his car. Also somewhat catchy and enjoyable but not the best.
I Just Love You: 3/5
A simple love song. "I just love you, I don't know why, I just do." Very to the point, kind of plain though. But the bridge is an upbringer.
Policeman's Christmas Party: 1/5
Sad attempt at a "rap" or maybe a "porno" beat.
Worst song on the album. Sounds like he's drunk (the "party" touch maybe?) when he sang this song and the chorus maybe catchy but I can't bring myself to hear the rest of the song.
Road To Heaven: 2/5
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
When John Ondrasik embarked on the fourth album as Five For Fighting, he made his most obvious move into piano soft pop to that date. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Tim Brough
Love the whole CD. I see a lot of reviews knocking one of the tracks, Policeman's Xmas Party. I even like that one. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by lovelovelove
Am thoroughly enjoying this CD as have never heard of this singer or his music until I heard one of his songs on a TV show. I highly recommend this CD.Published on January 7, 2013 by Denise A. Edwards
Great CD I have listened to it over and over.
Arrived on time, easy listening and just a great CD
In my opinion, the only good song on this album is "The Riddle". The rest is more like storytelling but not in anyway that was appealing to me. However, I do love his voice! Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Never was a fan until I head this CD. Excellent vocals and many catchy songs. I will buy another from them to see if they are all as captivating as this one.Published on August 28, 2009 by T. Cecchino
Arrived in perfect condition and on time. Great music to get through the Iraq war.Published on May 17, 2009 by M. S. Dawson
First off, I am new to FfF. I heard their song "World" in a Sears commercial, and I think I heard "100 Years" in a Chase commercial a while ago. I love this CD. Read morePublished on February 5, 2009 by Alessandro Viani