Waking Up

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. OneRepublic adds many production flourishes to their second album Waking Up: sawing strings, children's choirs, minor-key piano, cavernous U2 reverb, long ponderous instrumental sections of piano and orchestra duets, a title track that bears echoes of the Killers.
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    Having cornered the market in MOR pop, he brings these well-honed chops to bear on OneRepublic's second album, throwing up an immaculately mixed cocktail of soft-focused rock, white-bread R&B and heartstrung balladry. [Mar 210, p.107]
  3. What's indisputable is that every last song is incredibly catchy.... The other side of the coin, though, is their penchant for quivering balladry and bland arrangements that make Maroon 5 sound like Fuck Buttons.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    OneRepublic sophomore disc reflects that studio experience with loads of slick synth licks and jucy percussion tricks; it's much more flavorful than the band's Fray-like debut. [20 Nov 2009, p.87]
  5. Ultimately, OneRepublic takes what all of those bands already do and pushes it to an even lower common denominator of slick, disposable melodrama.
  6. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    Second album Waking Up is a set of polished arrangements so middle of the road they make Snow Patrol sound like Animal Collective.
  7. As the marginal progression of Waking Up attests, OneRepublic gladly mix things up a little. Unfortunately, whether it be through compromise, confusion or otherwise, they are still to find their consistent sweet spot.
  8. Fortunately, on OneRepublic's second album Waking Up, they've internalized a lot of the things that made Timbaland such a compelling producer--that good sounds are paramount, songs should move in odd directions and many different ideas can constitute a hook.
  9. Waking Up boasts enough intertwining pop melodies backed with anthemic vocals to show fans of the 2007 Timbaland-remixed track "Apologize" that OneRepublic can deliver more addictive hooks while still maintaining its own graceful and introspective sound.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Barry
    Nov 21, 2009
    9
    Solid solid album!great listen and at least 5-7 songs that you will love from it my face is waking up:Dbuy it!
  2. Dec 30, 2013
    9
    I remember I initially hated Good Life but at this point, I do like the song a lot. All the Right Moves and Secrets are also very nice. TheI remember I initially hated Good Life but at this point, I do like the song a lot. All the Right Moves and Secrets are also very nice. The album as a whole is also very good too. I think the songs released as singles are the best (as they should be) Full Review »
  3. Dec 27, 2013
    8
    OneRepublic had some big shoes to fill after the remix of "Apologize" seemed to conquer the music industry for several months, and theyOneRepublic had some big shoes to fill after the remix of "Apologize" seemed to conquer the music industry for several months, and they delivered with their second album, which was very underrated by critics. Beautiful throughout even when they are not trying to be, the album has no stand-out tracks, because the all but one track is spectacular. Unfortunately, this one track, the title track, almost ruins the vibe of the entire album. Nonetheless, from the singles "All the Right Moves" and "Good Life" to the lesser known gems "Fear" and "Made For You", this album is ultimately too strong to be brought down. Full Review »