The Battle for Everything

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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A perfect album for quiet, reflective moods.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Nothing to worry about.


Non-violent, if anything.


Too metaphorical to be explicit.


Too lyrical to be explicit.


There's a gently anti-commercial message.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this beautiful CD is careful not to offend. If you don't mind "message" songs that take themselves a little too seriously, it's a nearly perfect album. Keep in mind that many teens will simply not be interested, though, as this may be seen as "parent music."

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Teen, 17 years old Written byElFuego September 20, 2018

Good Variety, Mediocre Lyrics

After listening to The Battle for Everything, I felt that the variety of different sounds stood out to me, but the lyrics did not leave a profound impact on me.... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bymoviecritic October 21, 2010


John Ondrasik aka Five for Fighting is one of the best artists around! I love his music and it's just truly amazing. You must buy his albums if you haven... Continue reading

What's the story?

Five for Fighting helped our post-9/11 healing with Superman -- and continue the story on THE BATTLE FOR EVERYTHING. The album starts off with \"NY Weather Report,\" a kind of love song to the city, and continues with a series of looks inside a lover's heart. The main event is singer John Ondrasik's vocal range and passion. He delivers beautifully produced songs with sweeping drama. This is a perfect album for introspective moments -- it's heavy on poetic message and light on humor (as in, there isn't any).

Is it any good?

The Battle for Everything is lyrical and lovely, if perhaps a bit heavy-handed. Though well-written, none of the songs are brilliant; perfectionist production and excellent delivery save the day. Though there is no offensive language and no explicit sexuality, the imagery is likely too poetic and sophisticated to be appreciated by younger children.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the mood of the album -- pretty much serious and without humor. Is this music good for reflective moments? Do you enjoy sophisticated message songs?

Music details

  • Artist: Five for Fighting
  • Release date: February 3, 2004
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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