OneRepublic, fronted by the very talented Ryan Tedder, (he co-wrote and produced Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love) present their second album "Waking Up," which continues a polished modern, atmospheric pop rock sound, ideally suited to mainstream rock radio. It's not all great though, (hence the 3.5 star review) as opening number "Made For You" finishes with a rather awful choir moment, quite the idea behind that I don't know, but it brings a poor opening track to a woeful conclusion. With that disappointment out of the way, "All The Right Moves" is a simply stunning song. A wonderful melody, catchy chorus, given the chance it could blow up, it's easily OneRepublic's best song. More good news follows in tracks "Secrets" and "Everybody Loves Me," before the albums tone and melody drops down for ballads "Missing Persons 1 & 2" and "All This Time." Drifting into the albums latter moments, you can sometimes find one or two filler tracks, and unfortunately OneRepublic fall into the same trap. Title track "Waking Up" is uncomfortable at over six minutes long, before "Marchin On" and "Lullaby" leave you with no lasting appeal. It needs to be said though that it's well and good pointing out this albums weak moments, the truth is "Waking Up" is a solid album overall, there are enough hit singles here to justify a purchase.
And if anyone is wondering how I've heard this album already, that's because it's already out in the states. I've brought the cd from there, not sure why the release date stateside was Nov 17, but not until Jan 18 here.