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  • 1. Slice
    2. Note to the Unknown Soldier
    3. Tuesday
    4. Chances
    5. This Dance
    6. Above the Timberline
    7. Transfer
    8. Hope
    9. Story of Your Life
    10. Love Can't Change the Weather
    11. Augie Nieto
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 13266

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Ondrasik
    EngineerSteve Churchyard; Bryan Cook

    Personnel: John Ondrasik (vocals, piano); Gerry Leonard , Gregg Wattenberg, Greg Suran (guitar); Victor Lawrence (cello); Shawn Pelton (drums, percussion); Randy Cooke (drums); Luis Conte (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Vic Florencia.
    Recording information: Bright Street Recorders, Los Angeles, CA; Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA; Castle Oaks Productiosn, Calabasas; Fireplace Studios, New York, NY; John's HOuse; Record One, Los Angeles, CA; Revolver Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sear Sound, New York, NY.
    Photographer: Chapman Baehler.
    Continuing the journey into full-blown soft-rock Five for Fighting began on 2006's TWO LIGHTS, 2009's SLICE takes its title from a Don McLean "American Pie" allusion and its sound from early '70s Billy Joel and, especially, Elton John whose grandly orchestrated albums with Paul Buckmaster provide a touchstone for this, John Ondrasik's fifth collection of originals. Indebted as he is to the past, he is indeed a man of his time, well-manicured and polite, never coloring outside of the lines, but this inherent good-nature serves him better on SLICE than it did on his early recordings because the emphasis is on the sound, not his quivering sincerity. Each song is richly, fully arranged, placing emphasis on his symphonic soft-rock, and in pure musical terms, this is his most appealing set of songs to date precisely because it pushes his melodies, not lyrics, to the forefront.

  • Critic Reviews
    Billboard (p.32) - "'Transfer' is a wonderfully complex track with Ben Folds-like harmonies, while the first single, 'Chances,' soars like early material by Gavin DeGraw."
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