Message for Albert

Message for Albert

by Five for Fighting


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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2001
Label: Nettwerk Records
UPC: 0067003018227
catalogNumber: 30182

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
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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