OneRepublic‘s Waking Up album is one that should indeed bring the band’s fans great joy and snag up a large number of new fans. While their debut album Dreaming Out Loud featured the hits Apologize and Stop and Stare, it may seem almost impossible for OneRepublic to mirror that success.
Not only have they stepped up their game a bit, they have maintained the crust of their sound we were introduced to via Dreaming Out Loud. Read Danity’s entire review of OneRepublic’s Waking Up after the jump.
Upon listening to Waking Up, I kept an open mind…yet also made sure the Kleenex and Haagen Daaz were within reach in case I needed to deal with some hardcore sappy shiznit. But hold up…
You can forget the slow sappy ballads and “safe” radio friendly ditties, OneRepublic’s Waking Up takes us on a new path that makes us wonder what direction they will take for album number three. (Ryan Tedder told me they were taking a different route and nope, he wasn’t kidding!) For now, we are thoroughly enjoying the real music that takes OneRepublic (what we feel is) at the top of their game.
Upon opening up the song Waking Up, I wasn’t quite sure if I was listening to the beginning of a U2 song with the intense guitar and the galloping drum beats I was hearing. However, the song is an instrumental masterpiece. Lead singer Ryan Tedder nails the vocals of the song and displays his range with his “ooooo’s” and his clear vocal shouts that he’s “waking up”, strong notes that resemble that of U2’s Bono. The song takes us for a trip as the ending is slowed down with the melodic beauty of strings and chords that would fit perfectly in the scene of an emotional movie. The twist “Waking Up” takes as well as other songs on the album including “Marchin’ On” and “Missing Persons 1 and 2″ creates for an intense listening experience.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are a few super sweet ballads, but the message is clear… OneRepublic is steering away from the college co-ed sound they produced in the past. And THAT, my friends (as Martha Stewart would say) is a good thing.
Despite having had worked with Timbaland, the band fails to incorporate any real definite hip hop sounds into the album. Perhaps this is their musical turn?
U2‘s melodic instrumentals + strong vocals + Coldplay‘s intense melodic and emotional piano pieces +OneRepublic’s playfulness=OneRepublic’s Waking Up
4 1/2 of 5 stars
You can purchase OneRepublic’s Waking Up album here.
Check it out!