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Following the success of Dreaming Out Loud, the Colorado quintet aimed hard to bypass a sophomore slump with a sonically extravagant second album. 2009’s Waking Up rebuilds the dance floor into an art gallery. The songs are laced with prominent string orchestras, gossamer children’s choirs (the same strings and kids used by Danny Elfman on his film scores) and an impressively exquisite-sounding production. “Made for You” opens with melancholy chamber pianos à la Coldplay as Ryan Tedder inflects more like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. The song ends with cinematic sound effects that cleverly bleed into “All the Right Moves,” where Tedder’s dynamic vocal range stretches up to croon more like Justin Timberlake. A quiver of cellists christen the standout arena power-ballad “Secrets”, an over-the-top composition powered by clapping sequenced beats over which Tedder dramatically howls out confessions like it was his last day on earth. “Marchin On” is another standout where layered elements build into another fist-pumping inspirational hit. Of the four bonus cuts on the Deluxe Version, “Passenger” plays like a heroic U2 anthem.

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So different yet still so great!

I'm a massive fan of the first OneRepublic album 'Dreaming Out Loud' so have been eagerly awaiting the second album for ages and once again I've been completely won over! It does however have a very different 'sound' to the first album and now no more can OneRepublic be put into that 'The Fray' & 'Coldplay' sort of vibe after this which I feel is both good and bad as tracks such as 'Stop and Stare' are in my opinion some of the best songs ever written but at the same time, it's good to see them branching out.

They've certainly succeeded in their aim to completely smash the typical genre constraints in this album with the semi-hip hop styled 'Everybody Loves Me' to the chill-out tune 'Good Life', the heavier main section of 'Waking up' to the regimented 'Marchin' On' and the beautifully subtle 'Lullaby', together with the more familiar sounding 'Secrets' and 'All This Time' to make a very varied, well rounded album. The lead single 'All The Right Moves' is brilliant and the highly varied use of instruments and other musical elements ranging from classical to rock based sounds to choirs and heavy beats makes for a highly interesting album to listen too overall.

I do personally prefer the first album but then that suited my musical taste to the dot whilst this is much more ranged which will likely reach out to a larger variety of tastes through different tracks. It's definitely a 'grower' as opposed to the more familiar and easy-listening 'Dreaming Out Loud' so it may take a bit of getting used to but already I've got some of these tunes stuck in my head and am liking them all the more the more I hear them. A very worthy second album and definitely something to have a listen too as there'll likely be something in there for just about everyone. Brilliant!

So apparently OneRepublic's label just doesn't want to market them???

The only reason I found out about this album is because I regularly check US iTunes and I saw it in the top 10 albums. Seriously, where is the marketting for it over here? I haven't seen a single advert or heard a single song on the radio at any point since it's release.
This seems a total waste since I gotta say it's one of the best albums of year (being trumped by Muse alone) with some absolutely genius songs on it.
1. Made for You 8/10 - sounds a lot like most of the stuff on the last album so it's all good.
2. All The Right Moves 7/10 - more of a big single track, and I usually prefer the album songs.
3. Secrets 9/10 - brilliant and I love the violins.
4. Everybody Loves Me 10/10 - upbeat, singalong tune that's catchy as hell.
5. Missing Persons 1 and 2 9/10 - this where the Coldplay influence begins to come out.
6. Good Life 10/10 - feelgood tune of the year. Just so happy!!
7. All This Time 8/10 - the vocals towards the end are amazing.
8. Fear 10/10 - so much like Coldplay but in such a good way!
9. Waking Up 10/10 - Tedder absolute kills it on vocals for the first part, and the second part really makes me think he could branch out into writing movie soundtracks. So orchestral and beautiful.
10. Marchin' On 9/10 - bit of a cliche name and theme but uplifting and inspirational all the same.
11. Lullaby - I don't wanna rate this yet cos it feels like a grower and I cannot judge yet. However, very chilled.
My only discrepancy is that it should really be Waking Up - Ryan Tedder. He does most, if not all, of the writing, he plays the piano and sings. There's not much else happening for the band except the drums. There is A LOT less guitar on this album and most of the lead parts are taken by piano or strings. A good direction for Tedder but maybe not the poor guys who have to play live shows with him.

Onerepublic are BACK!!

Wow This album is deep. I really got into Onerepublic when I noticed how talented the lead singer (Ryan Tedder) is as a writer as he has written hits for artist such as, Leona Lewis, Beyonce, Jordin Sparks and many more. Some of my favourites are Made for you, All the right moves, secrets, Everybody loves me and Marchin' on.
Their unique sound definitely draws you into the true deep lyrics.
It will definitely wake you up :-)


Formed: 2002 in Colorado Springs, CO

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Featuring the anthemic songwriting of Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic rose to prominence in 2007, when "Apologize" began its reign as the most popular digital download in American history. Although the song proved to be a quick success, OneRepublic had spent five years touring the musical minor leagues before its release, with Tedder splitting his time between the band's work and production gigs for other artists. Tedder and Zach Filkins formed the band in 2002 and relocated to Los Angeles shortly thereafter,...
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2009
  • Parental Advisory

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