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Wake up to this!
6 April 2011
As a big fan of the 1st album, it made sense to me to buy the deluxe edition of the sophomore effort with a bonus enhanced CD. This album must have received little publicity because I only discovered it was out after seeing the video for All the right moves on a music channel and then going to the bands website. I was definitely excited for a new album after being so impressed at the amazing Dreaming out loud and being a big fan. After I'd heard All the right moves I realised that the band had made a change in the style of their music, but at the same time it still sounded great. I thought the album was cleverly titled as a follow up to Dreaming out loud.
With this album the band made a change to make what I would call less emotionally deep music. Ryan says on the making of documentary that with the 1st album he felt like he had to be so genuine and wear his heart on his sleeve, but with this album, after making fresh music for the 1st time in years, Ryan wrote songs for entertainment. This is where the change really lies in that some of the songs are there just as feel good tunes like Made for you, Everybody loves me and even the title track. These songs can be interpreted as being about a musician/artist's life, whereas the songs on the debut were definitely 100% emotion and I think that's why I could relate to so many of them and why I love that album. I wasn't as impressed with this album on the 1st listen, but once I got past the expectations of OneRepublic's music as being really heartfelt I do enjoy this album, and the music is still genuine and real.
The first track Made for you is probably one of my favourites with a great sound which embodies what a lot of the songs are trying to say; that you should enjoy life. It still has that great OneRepublic sound with driving piano and great song writing from Ryan. I wasn't massively impressed with the choir with the lead-up to All the right moves, but it's not bad and I can see why the band would use that. All the right moves (the 1st single) is a catchy track with a pessimistic sense of life in the lyrics but is cool. Secrets is another of my favourites and sounds so great. I really thought this song was sincere as I interpreted it as literally giving all your secrets away, but even though Ryan says it's about the music industry it's still amazing. Everybody loves me is a rock sounding song which talks about celebrity life and I'm amused at the cool arrogance of the lyrics. This is where you can see how much the band have changed in style and moved on. Missing persons 1 & 2 is a 2 track song and one of the most mellow. Ryan said it's one of his favourites but I wouldn't say the same. Good life I think is the best song on the album and my favourite. It has an incredible sound to it and as soon as the whistling intro comes in I was won over by it. It's a hugely positive song compared to All the right moves and a feel good tune. All this time is remisiniscent to me of All we are, and I do quite like it. Fear is definitely a song I enjoy with a driving Cello sound and piano rhythm. I think pretty much everyone should be able to relate to this. Waking up is probably the most diverse song on the record and the guitar sound is pretty awesome so I can see why it's Drew's favourite. It's got a somewhat aggressive vibe to it but it sounds so good. The main song is only 3:30 and the next 2 minutes is all instrumental, but as I've seen someone else say - if you can't enjoy their classical side you don't appreciate OneRepublic in all their glory. Marchin on is another great sounding and upbeat song so it's no surprise it was chosen as a single. It's an inspirational song about getting through life. I prefer the album version to the single version too. Lullaby does have a beautiful sound with the backdrop of cello and sounds so peaceful. The 2 bonus tracks make for interesting listening with Sleep being a great tune reminding me of Something ain't right here. Shout I believe is a cover song which is performed live but a good track nevertheless.
The bonus enhanced CD has a great insightful documentary about the making of the album and how the band approached things so differently this time; renting out a house in Denver to record the album. The band talks about their career and I love how sincere Ryan is saying he risked his career on the success of Apologise. The 4 tracks in my opinion are not as great quality as the album tracks but are good songs. I recognised the names of a couple of them so I'm guessing they're from the band's back catalogue. Passenger is my favourite with awesome piano and guitar riffs. It's a shame is much more acoustically based and sounds more like their early material. Trap door is pretty mediocre but not bad. Sucker punch is a catchy tune about a breakup.
Ryan and the rest of the band show a different side to their talent on this album. The band chose a different style and approach with this album and even though I prefer the debut this is not an album to be missed.