February 10, 2004  
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Five For Fighting
The Battle For Everything

Five for Fighting are back with the follow-up to their sophomore album America Town, which included the hit single “Superman (It’s Not Easy).” The band uses just the right mix of post-grunge and alternative pop-rock for their new release.

With lyrics like, “Though endings are never ever happy, it’s the happy moments along the way that in the end make it OK,” (“Nobody”), “There’s always blood to fill the heart betrayed,” (“One More For Love”) and “God won’t dare show his face from the bottom of my swimming pool,” (“Infidel”); it’s clear that frontman and singer-songwriter John Ondrasik strives for lyrical boldness and something substantial.

From the mellow pop-rock vibes of “NYC Weather Report” to the all-out rock of “The Taste,” this album’s diversity is sure to please those with mature tastes.

—Amy Moore


No Motiv

Daylight Breaking
Vagrant Records

Recently, Vagrant Records has been pushing up-and-coming rockers to the frontlines of the music scene with promising results. Their new band to watch is No Motiv. Although they have been working the indie scene for years, they are just beginning to make waves with their new album Daylight Breaking.

Daylight is a record that is much darker than previous releases, showing that the band has found their voice.

The first single, “Into the Darkness,” is a good indication of what the rest of the album has in store: “Terrified I’m falling fast down into the abyss/The void is calling me into somewhere else/And it knows my name then my soul slips away,” sings vocalist and lyricist Jeremy Palaszewski. The song makes it obvious these guys have been jerked around and have experienced a lot of the darker sides of life and love.

If you’re looking for a solid album, then pick this up.

—Jordan Gracey



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