Who Should Buy This: Every human. If you don’t own this, then you’re “music-ing” wrong. Okay, fine. Everyone that likes music and isn’t paralyzingly annoyed by pop should buy this. (Also, be warned: there’s a swear word on one track, so some of you might want to buy digital or just get singles.)
Genre: pop, rock
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Sounds Like: Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, The Script
Interesting Fact: The way that Ryan Tedder writes and produces music influenced and shaped me a lot as a burgeoning musician.
Best thing About this Album: There is not a single bad song on this album. Do you know how rare that is??? This album is a musical unicorn. (In the spirit of full disclosure, I did delete one track from my digital album, but that was for a swear word. I still like that song sans swears.)
One thing I wish was different: You’ll noticed that I used the actual, correct album art. The awesome one. The rerelease was . . . upsetting. I try not to speak of it.
Parental Guidance: Track #10 (Something I Need) has 1 swear word and the phrases “week that came from hell” and “I think I drank too much”.
Favorites: Counting Stars, If I Lose Myself, Feel Again, What You Wanted, I Lived, Burning Bridges, & Life In Color
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
This is probably in my list of top 10 albums of this decade. It’s just amazing. The music is epic, the lyrics are provoking, and these songs have become part of my life’s history. I’m a big OneRepublic fan, and I can’t wait for their upcoming album. *internal squee* To help tide me over, I thought I’d take a little stroll down memory lane and relive one of my favorite albums that ever happened. Here are some of my favorite lines from each track.
“No more counting dollars. We’ll be counting stars.” – Counting Stars
“I stared up at the sun. Thought of all of the people, places, and things I’ve loved.” – If I Lose Myself
“I’m feeling better ever since you’ve known me. I was a lonely soul, but that’s the old me.” – Feel Again
“I’ll find the places where you hide. I’ll be the dawn on your worst night.” – What You Wanted
“With every broken bone, I swear I lived.” – I Lived
“I took a trip to Wonderland. Gonna get you nowhere by mile.” – Light It Up
“I guess this is what it’s supposed to sound like.” – Can’t Stop
“Let’s play a game where all of the lives we lead can change.” – Au Revoir
“I keep on running. I’m building bridges that I know you never wanted.” – Burning Bridges
“If we got nothing, we got us.” – Something I Need
“He was a million miles from a million dollars, but you could never spend his wealth.” – Preacher
“Hey, I can hear you talking.” – Don’t Look Down
“Talk all night. Stay awake, listening to records that we like.” – Something’s Gotta Give
“From the darkest grays, the sun bursts, clouds break.” – Life In Color
Click here to read through OneRepublic lyrics (including all the songs from this album).