OneRepublic - Native

2013-04-23 12:59
 
One Republic - Native
What we thought:

The band made radio history for receiving the largest amount of airplay in history with their single "Apologize" and I'm just as taken with their new album.

Tedder's lyrics boast a sincerity that is lacking in so much of today's pop music. The song's elaborate instrumental layers set Tedder and his band apart, making their music so much more than just another collection of mainstream pop songs.

Songs like "Counting Stars" and "If I Lose Myself" capture what make One Republic so successful; big sounds and strong lyrics. I fell in love with "Something I Need" heartfelt and intelligent lyrics and were openly moved by "Preacher"; a song about Tedder’s grandfather that boasts a classical string section and a gospel choir.

Best track:

I loved "Feel Again", not only for its upbeat chorus that had everyone in the office tapping along, but for the band's awesome initiative to raise awareness and funds for Save the Children. The song even uses actual heartbeats from children in Malawi and Guatemala! 

Worst Track:

I really battled to choose a least favourite track! There is such a variety; from rock to opera and everything in-between! But, if we had to chose would say "Burning Bridges" didn't have the same impact as the rest of the tracks.

Sounds like:


Tedder has faced his fair share of criticism for being unoriginal in the past. Does anyone remember the Halo/Already Gone controversy?

This album seems to have done little to fix the song-writers reputation with many of the tracks being compared to other songs and song-writers! Critics have focused especially on Florence and the Machine's "Dog Days are over" and "Feel Again," drawing parallels between both songs urgent hand clapping and swelling vocal hooks.

Scott Shetler of Pop Crush went so far as to say that the band might as well add a 'Featuring Florence + the Machine' credit.

Some other comparisons that have been made include:

•    The intro to "Can't Stop" and the intro to Rhianna's  "Diamonds"
•    "Counting Star's" folk-style to the folk sounds of Mumford and Sons
 
Listen to a sampler of tracks from One Republic's Native here:



The third studio album from the pop-rock Colorado natives will have you singing along to the radio - but singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder's habit of wearing his influences too clearly rears its head again.
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JC 2013/04/23 3:16 PM
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Great album! Stand out tracks - Counting Stars, Feel Again, If I Lose Myself, Something I Need, Can't Stop.
SIYOLO 2013/04/25 10:56 AM
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this is a great album I must buy cant stop listen to the sample I love every song
Kerina Kandasamy 2013/10/25 2:03 PM
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Like all OneRepublic albums before it, Native is another beautifully composed album. A little different that what you expect from OneRepublic and don't expect to see any resemblance to their hits that started it all aka "Apologise", Say (All I need) or "Mercy". Native is as OneRepublic put it, a new fresh sound for the band. Its human nature to change and evolve, right? That's what lead and producer Ryan Tedder tries to accomplish with this album. Still keeping with its pop-rock genre, it also encompasses a bit of electronic beat and a lot more soul than previous records. Ryan Tedder is a musical genius, having worked with everyone from Leona Lewis, B.o.B to Beyonce, anything he touches turns into gold. Its hard to find a song these days that isn't either produced, written or composed by him. His most recent work includes Christina Aguilera's "We will remain"- another successful beautifully written hit that can be found on the Hunger Games 2: Catching fire soundtrack. As you can tell with this song as well, Ryan's music can somewhat be recognised as having similarities, however this is what makes him at the same time unique. After a while, on can tell what is his music style and what isn't- it isn't repetitive but more well "Ryan Tedder-ish". A lovely, unique, inspiring sound. Native is packed with these songs such as "Preacher" , "burning bridges" and "Something I need" (their latest single release which has a hilarious video).If you liked their previous albums ie "Waking up" you will probably take a liking to those. The best songs on the album: "Counting stars" which is their highest selling single and charting single to date. "Feel again" - an upbeat, soul-pop song with and drum roaring rock beats. "What you wanted" and of course "If I lose myself" . (The album features the original version while the deluxe version features an additional acoustic version rendered by Tedder which is sung almost as superbly as the original) Highly recommended for anyone that is a fan of OneRepublic, The Fray, The Script or even Maroon 5.
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