Waking Up - OneRepublic
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  • Summary: This is the second album for the Grammy-nominated rock band from Colorado.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. Ultimately, OneRepublic takes what all of those bands already do and pushes it to an even lower common denominator of slick, disposable melodrama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Aug 11, 2013
    This album contains song that are beautiful, catchy, and deep. Why is it so underrated? Tedder's voice, instruments, and catchy tunes combine to make the best album. Expand
  2. Maryam
    Dec 3, 2009
    A great album! I love it!!
  3. Sep 4, 2010
    Full of meaningful lyrics and great musicianship. My top picks for the album are 'Waking Up', 'All the Right Moves', 'Secrets' and 'Missing Persons 1 & 2'. Expand
  4. Apr 18, 2013
    The second studio album by OneRepublic, 'Waking Up' is all about pure music and Tedder's heavenly falsetto adds an unique taste to it. The soothing acoustic flavor along with organic sounds, skip-beat drums and multi-layered synth remains all over the album. So, even if you try to define them with Fray-like chorus, and Maroon 5-like vocal acrobatics, they'll be humble enough to sing, "Don't care if critics ever jump in line/I'm gonna give all my secrets away". Expand
  5. Dec 30, 2013
    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. The album as a whole is also very good too. I think the songs released as singles are the best (as they should be) Expand
  6. Dec 27, 2013
    OneRepublic 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. Expand
  7. TheMusicCritic
    Dec 2, 2009
    Dreary, boring, dull.

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