Music Review: Five For Fighting’s Slice

Five for Fighting_SliceI feel the same after listening to Five for Fighting‘s new CD, Slice (sent to me for review by the One2One Network and released Oct 13), as I do after reading a really good book.  I want to tell everyone I know about the story, the characters, the way I was moved by the telling.  I think that’s because Five for Fighting’s real strength in music is the way each of his songs introduces a mini-plot, an idea or experience that teaches, entertains, or otherwise affects the listener.  Slice delivers beautifully on this tradition of singer/songwriter John Ondrasik with songs I found thought-provoking (“The Story of Your Life”), gut-wrenching (“Note To the Unknown Soldier”), and just plain inspiring (“Hope”).

Here’s the video for “Chances,” the first single off of Slice:

I can honestly say, this is the kind of CD that can turn a day around, take you outside of yourself, and give your heart a little something to hang on.

To hear more of Slice for yourself, catch John Ondrasik on either of his TV appearances scheduled for this week:  he’ll be on The View tomorrow, October 14, and The Today Show on Friday, October 16.  He also starts touring next week and An Acoustic Evening with Five for Fighting will be coming to the following cities (see his website for ticket information):

  • 18-Oct            Toronto, ON           El Mocambo
  • 20-Oct            New York, NY       City Winery
  • 22-Oct            Bay Shore, NY (Long Island)     YMCA Boulton Center
  • 23-Oct            Uncasville, CT        The Wolf Den
  • 24-Oct            Washington, DC     Jammin Java
  • 26-Oct            Boston, MA             The Paradise
  • 27-Oct            Philadelphia, PA       World Café Live
  • 29-Oct            Nashville, TN              The Belcourt
  • 30-Oct            Chicago, IL                   Lakeshore
  • 3-Nov             Salt Lake City, UT     The State Room
  • 5-Nov             Seattle, WA                 Crocodile
  • 6-Nov             Portland, OR              Aladdin Theater
  • 10-Nov           San Francisco, CA     Swedish American Hall
  • 11-Nov           Los Angeles, CA          Largo at the Coronet

You can also hear audio samples of Slice (and buy now for only $9.99!) on Amazon.

*original post included product giveaway

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