Dreaming Out Loud

~ Release group by OneRepublic


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Dreaming Out Loud (BMG club edition) CD 13 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. B0010266-02, D172887 [none]
Dreaming Out Loud CD 13 Interscope Records B0010266-02 602517507197
Dreaming Out Loud CD 15 Interscope Records
Dreaming Out Loud CD 14 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group 602517547421 602517547421
Dreaming Out Loud (extended version) Digital Media 19 Interscope Records
Dreaming Out Loud CD 15 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group 0 602517547438 602517547438
Dreaming Out Loud 2×CD 13 + 5 Interscope Records B0010266-02, B001026672-2 602517764996
Dreaming Out Loud 2×CD 12 + 7 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group UICS-1165
Dreaming Out Loud CD 16
Dreaming Out Loud (iTunes bonus track version) Digital Media 16


associated singles/EPs: Come Home
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/146065 [info]
Wikidata: Q1256246 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Dreaming Out Loud [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/onerepublic/dreaming_out_loud/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/d4mq [info]

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OneRepublic sprang to fame last year when producer Timbaland – a massive fan of the band's singer/songwriter, Ryan Tedder – featured a remix of their Apologize on his Shock BVlue album. After the song's appearance in a slew of teen-centric American TV dramas, allied with two years of MySpace notoriety, it destroyed all chart competition at the end of 2007. And now the UK public get to hear their debut album, stuffed to the gills with similar fare.

Firstly, while the band, their record company and Timbaland (who twiddles the knobs here) all want you to believe that they're a 'rock' band, nothing could be further from the truth. Tedder's genius (of a sort) is that he's been able to take the almost perfect demographic of U2's anthemic choruses and Coldplay's angst-ridden, chiming melodies and weld when with hardly a seam in sight. Yet Tedder's vocals are pure boy band pop. Mated with Timbaland's bubbly r 'n' b production, and despite the stadium-filling guitars and rattling drums, Dreaming... remains an album that will appeal to fans of the OC and those moments when the lovelorn antics of the cast demand some cod-existentialism.

In the context of chart action this is no bad thing, however. Tedder and co. really can deliver hook after hook. And it's not all flag-waving stuff. Goodbye Apathy has a chorus that's charmingly harmonious while Won't Stop is a warm shuffle that only the hardest of hearts could resist. A little bit Travis-like, in fact. And as mentioned, songs like Apologize, Mercy or All We Are are built to raise lighters the world over. But delve a little deeper and the lyrics deliver hardly any grist for the mental mill. It's too cliché-ridden by far.

Add to this the band's rather disturbing need to endlessly thank their creator in the sleeve notes and, to the paranoid amongst you, the band's name may start to hint at a more sinister agenda that seeks to deliver conformity in the guise of what was once the medium of rebellion. In the end, despite the skill (and there is a whole load of it on display here) this is all you're left with. Music shouldn't be wasted on such empty gestures. It may be pop, but it's a long way from fun.