Waking Up

Album Review of Waking Up by OneRepublic.

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Waking Up


Waking Up by OneRepublic

Release Date: Nov 17, 2009
Record label: Interscope
Genre(s): Rock

55 Music Critic Score
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Waking Up - Average, Based on 3 Critics

The Guardian - 60
Based on rating 3/5

Ryan Tedder, singer and driving force of Denver's OneRepublic, already has a busy career writing for others (he's the one to blame for Leona Lewis's Bleeding Love), which has eclipsed his own band's achievements. Despite their 2007 soft-rock single, Apologize, being one of America's top-selling singles of the noughties, they're still essentially anonymous. Waking Up is their do-or-die attempt to grab some of the limelight for themselves.

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AllMusic - 50
Based on rating 5/10

Success is the gateway to many indulgences, not just those born of the flesh. Success opens the gates to any numbers of pretensions: sawing strings, children's choirs, minor-key piano lines reminiscent of Nigel Tufnel, cavernous U2 reverb, long ponderous instrumental sections of piano and orchestra duets. OneRepublic hits every one of these marks on their second album, Waking Up, along with numerous other excesses, including a title track that bears echoes of the Killers, only with their goofy pomp replaced with po-faced circumstance.

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BBC Music
Their review was only somewhat favourable

Waking Up’s mass-appeal anatomy is oddly admirable. Mike Diver 2010 Musical magpies by their own admission, the “sum of a bunch of parts”, Colorado-formed pop-rockers OneRepublic aren’t afraid to confess their unoriginality. Of course it helps that their debut, Dreaming Out Loud, sold by the skip load and that sole creative force Ryan Tedder has a tidy sideline in writing for artists like Leona Lewis and Westlife to supplement the day job income.

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