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Led by a former child prodigy turned versatile singer/songwriter, Five for Fighting made its debut with Message for Albert, an intelligent and well-crafted collection of brooding mid-tempo songs. Delving deep into Billy Joel meets Ben Folds meets Satchel territory, Ondrasik displays the uncanny ability to take beautiful melodies like the simple piano phrasing of "Day By Day" and weave them into stunning, multi-layered vocal arrangements replete with gorgeous string crescendos, each playing off each other like a well-oiled machine. "The Garden," undeniably Message for Albert's most epic number, is yet another impressive heavily orchestrated show piece that rises above its ...
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All Music Guide - John Franck
Led by a former child prodigy turned versatile singer/songwriter, Five for Fighting made its debut with Message for Albert, an intelligent and well-crafted collection of brooding mid-tempo songs. Delving deep into Billy Joel meets Ben Folds meets Satchel territory, Ondrasik displays the uncanny ability to take beautiful melodies like the simple piano phrasing of "Day By Day" and weave them into stunning, multi-layered vocal arrangements replete with gorgeous string crescendos, each playing off each other like a well-oiled machine. "The Garden," undeniably Message for Albert's most epic number, is yet another impressive heavily orchestrated show piece that rises above its humble lyrics and escalates into a full-blown "New York State of Mind" type of arrangement sprinkled with religious metaphors. "Happy" is one of those odd time signature ditties that eerily resembles Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years." And finally, there's the remarkable "Love Songs." Lamentful, charming, and urgent, "Love Songs" hints at Ondrasik's ability to completely envelop songs with his voice later developed on the band's sophomore offering. A promising debut that sadly lost its shot when EMI spontaneously combusted after the record's release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003018227
  • Catalog Number: 30182

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bella's Birthday Cake (4:19)
  2. 2 Day by Day (2:56)
  3. 3 The Garden (3:48)
  4. 4 Ocean (5:32)
  5. 5 Happy (3:09)
  6. 6 Love Song (4:37)
  7. 7 Wise Man (5:41)
  8. 8 White Picket Fence (3:10)
  9. 9 2 Frogs (5:15)
  10. 10 10 Miles from Nowhere (3:03)
  11. 11 The Last Great American (3:06)
  12. 12 (European B-Side) (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Five for Fighting Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov Violin, Performing Ensemble, Concert Master
Sid Page Performing Ensemble
Richard Altenbach Performing Ensemble
Larry Corbett Cello, Performing Ensemble
Joel Derouin Performing Ensemble
Juliann French Performing Ensemble
Pamela Goldsmith Performing Ensemble
Endre Granat Performing Ensemble
Lee Ann Harris Percussion
Clayton Haslop Performing Ensemble
Mark Herman Guitar
Michael Markman Performing Ensemble
Robert Medici Drums
Dan Neufeld Performing Ensemble
Katia Popov Violin
Jay Rosen Performing Ensemble
Nancy Stein-Ross Performing Ensemble
Sheldon Sanov Performing Ensemble
Scott Smalley Conductor
James V. Ross Performing Ensemble
Suzie Katayama Performing Ensemble
Peter Doubrovsky Performing Ensemble
John Ondrasik Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Nico Abondolo Performing Ensemble
Michael Zinovyev Performing Ensemble
David Levita Guitar
Marlow Fisher Performing Ensemble
Karen Jones Performing Ensemble
Michael Ramos Viola
Technical Credits
Davitt Sigerson Producer
Sid Page Contributor
Richard Altenbach Contributor
Denyse Buffum Contributor
Joel Derouin Contributor
Juliann French Contributor
Pamela Goldsmith Contributor
Endre Granat Contributor
Clayton Haslop Contributor
Mark Herman Producer
Michael Markman Contributor
Dave McNair Engineer
Dan Neufeld Contributor
Jay Rosen Contributor
Nancy Stein-Ross Contributor
Sheldon Sanov Contributor
Doug Sax Mastering
John Philip Shenale Arranger, String Arrangements
Mihail Zinovyev Contributor
Scott Smalley Orchestration
Daniel Smith Contributor
James V. Ross Contributor
Suzie Katayama Contributor
Peter Doubrovsky Contributor
Henry Marquez Art Direction
John Ondrasik Arranger, Producer
Bradshaw Leigh Engineer
Nico Abondolo Contributor
Karen Jones Contributor
Tamara Hatwan Contributor
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