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Album Review

When a remixed version of "Apologize" found its way onto Timbaland Presents Shock Value in early 2007, OneRepublic were faced with an odd predicament — the group had a number one pop hit without an accompanying album. Dreaming Out Loud corrected that problem, delivering a marketable brand of piano-led pop/rock that combined the melodicism of the Fray with the vocal acrobatics of Maroon 5's Adam Levine. It's a testament to the band's appeal that "Apologize" sounds better in its original setting than in the Timbaland remix, a fact that owes as much to the musicianship itself as frontman Ryan Tedder's own experience as a producer. He was one of the industry's hottest commodities in 2007, co-writing material for Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, and Natasha Bedingfield while producing tracks for Jennifer Lopez and American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis. Tedder also saved some material for OneRepublic's debut, and his band wound up eclipsing many of his past clients in popularity.

Tedder kept working with other artists during the following years, penning hit songs like "Bleeding Love" and "Halo" in the process. Dreaming Out Loud had its own share of hits, too — "Apologize" enjoyed a healthy residence on the charts, as did "Stop and Stare" — but the album still sounded derivative, almost as if it were mimicking the popular trends that Tedder helped create with his production gigs. "All We Are" was particularly Fray-like, with Tedder wailing a radio-ready melody over layers of piano and swelling guitar, while the ghost of Coldplay loomed large on other tracks. None of this made Dreaming Out Loud a bad album, particularly, but it did make it an unoriginal one, and Tedder continued to fare better whenever he was writing for groups other than his own.

Customer Reviews

I Miss OneRepublic

This album is absolutely amazing. OneRepublic is absolutely amazing. But, after the release of Native, I'm disappointed. Albums like Dreaming Out Loud and Waking Up were great; they were trend-setters, and this group has always been uniquely powerful in my opinion for its versatile use of instruments such as the cello, piano, and guitar. It's songs have always sounded unique, like nothing ever created before, which explains their previous chart-topping success.

Native threw all of that away for an auto tuned pop sound with basic structure that, save for Ryan Tedder's voice, sounds like any other pop album on the market. This album brings out the true talent that was OneRepublic. I hope they come back to their roots for the next album.


This is a good album, but one question 'What happened with the deluxe versions of 'Waking Up' and the bonus track version of 'Dreaming Out Loud'? Now the album I am trying to complete is not compatible with the current one in the music store.

Same ^

I too am confused about this....I'm just glad I got both of those versions before they were removed from the store!


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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