Ryan Tedder’s falsetto is back in this latest, emotional offering from OneRepublic. I’ve been a huge fan of the band since their first album, Dreaming Out Loud in 2008.
Over the years we’ve seen how frontman Ryan Tedder has grown not just as a performer but he’s become an accomplished song writer and producer, having collaborated with so many huge stars like Adele, Leona Lewis and Gym Class Heroes. The thing I like and hate about OneRepublic is that they take their time. Unlike so many other bands who release albums once a year, OneRepublic’s last album, Waking Up was back in 2009.
It is clear right from the first track, Counting Stars that he and his band mates are completely in sync. The way they work through the haunting beats and the emotion you get from the lyrics does show a formula that has worked so well for the band over the years. I think because of the way the music is produced, you don’t get a case where you’re tired of their style.
I honestly didn’t like Waking Up as much as Dreaming Out Loud and so I had high expectations with Native. Did it pay off? Sure did!
Some of my favourite tracks on the album include the first single, If I Lose Myself, Feel Again is a definite stand out for me especially since they used this track as part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign video and I think What You Wanted was also pretty emotional.
Another standout track, Preacher has Tedder reflecting on the days of his childhood, recalling how his life was infused with wisdom by his grandfather, who was a pastor.
You see how they play a lot on the emotive tone for the album with smoothly intertwined, acoustic guitar and drums beats. In fact the best way to describe it would be to say it bleeds with emotion.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
During the time between Waking Up and Native we’ve seen Ryan Tedder cut it as a solo act, supporting bands, doing duets and of course as a producer. But I think it’s safe to say that with this album, nothing beats the synergy of Ryan Tedder when he’s with OneRepublic!
Native is now available on iTunes and all good record stores
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