by Five for Fighting


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Once again working with producer Gregg Wattenberg, who helmed 2009's Slice, John Ondrasik nevertheless shakes things up a little bit on 2013's Bookmarks. Ondrasik highlighted his classicist side on Slice, opting for lush, grandiose arrangements and a deliberate pace, but Bookmarks is considerably brighter, its sonic surfaces shining and its tempos sprightly. No longer operating on a ponderous, portentous level -- he's discarded the melancholic navel-gazing that brought him fame with "Superman" -- Ondrasik seems as if he's lifted a burden from his shoulders. His melodies are merrier, his lyrics dotted with hope, and, most appealingly of all, the entirety of Bookmarks is a highly polished piece of soft rock. Perhaps it belongs to an aesthetic that is slightly outdated -- ironically enough, the attitude and sound belong to turn-of-the millennium adult contemporary radio, which is when he was at the height of his commercial success -- but Bookmarks is surely the best-crafted adult pop released under the Five for Fighting name, its sturdy tunes wrapped up neatly in a shiny, appealing gloss.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
Label: Wind-Up Records
UPC: 0601501335327
catalogNumber: 13353
Rank: 120644

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Five for Fighting   Primary Artist
Jack Daley   Bass
Shawn Pelton   Drums
John Ondrasik   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Zizzo   Bass,Guitar
Jamie Kenney   Piano
Sato Moughalian   Flute
Todd Low   Viola
Rachel Golub   Violin
Todd Clark   Background Vocals
Derek Fuhrmann   Guitar,Background Vocals
Katie Kresek   Violin
Zane Carney   Guitar
Dave Eggar   Cello
Christa Robinson   Oboe
Gunnar Olsen   Drums
Tony Maceli   Bass,Trumpet
Benjamin Fingland   Clarinet
Olivia Ondrasik   Background Vocals
Don Tirer   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Kinkel   Arranger
Greg Latterman   Management
John Ondrasik   Composer,Producer
Carole Kinzel   Booking
Peter Zizzo   Producer
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Chris Shaw   Engineer
Ross Peterson   Engineer
Jamie Kenney   Composer
Michelle Lukianovich   Art Direction
Steve Smith   Management
Derek Fuhrmann   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
John Alicastro   Engineer
David Klein   Booking
Dave Eggar   Orchestration
Michael Mangini   Producer,Engineer
J.T. Harding   Composer
Lenny Skolnik   Pro-Tools
Chuck Palmer   Orchestration
Ian Driscoll   Engineer

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