Waking Up

~ Release group by OneRepublic

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Waking Up CD 11 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group B0013607-02 602527222110
Waking Up 2×CD 11 + 4 Interscope Records B0013607-72 602527234366
Waking Up (Amazon MP3 exclusive version) Digital Media 16 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group
Waking Up (Amazon MP3 exclusive version) Digital Media 12 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group
Waking Up CD 11 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group 0602527309323 602527309323
Waking Up (Bonus Tracks) CD 13 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group 0602527309323 602527309323
Waking Up (deluxe edition) 2×CD 13 + 4 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group 0602527311982 602527311982
Waking Up (Deluxe Edition w/ Sleep) Digital Media 16 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group 0602527309323 602527343556
Waking Up (Deluxe Edition) Digital Media 17 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group 0602527311982 602527343556
Waking Up Digital Media 13 Interscope Records, Mosley Music Group 602527309323
Waking Up Digital Media 18 Interscope Records 602527343556

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Musical magpies by their own admission, the "sum of a bunch of parts", Colorado-formed pop-rockers OneRepublic aren't afraid to confess their unoriginality. Of course it helps that their debut, Dreaming Out Loud, sold by the skip load and that sole creative force Ryan Tedder has a tidy sideline in writing for artists like Leona Lewis and Westlife to supplement the day job income. But financial matters aside, it's refreshing to see a band accepting that they're nothing remotely special.

As that's precisely what One Republic are. Second album Waking Up is a set of polished arrangements so middle of the road they make Snow Patrol sound like Animal Collective. Melodies are catchy, as you'd expect given the group's past form - first album singles Apologize and Stop and Stare were huge hits in the US and the UK - but stereotypical of design, blatant of intent and as subtle as using a sledgehammer to demolish a Sticklebrick construction. Lyrics are, largely, saccharine and suffocating of faux-emoting, sincerity tossed to the wind to tick a handful of commercial radio boxes.

But despite its obvious shortcomings, it's hard to criticise Waking Up too heavily. After all, its makers don't pretend to be what they're not, and there's little in the way of the off-putting posturing found with indie acts with ideas above their stations (step forward Hard-Fi, The Enemy, Kasabian). Put simply, this is good - good meaning well-researched and accomplishedly recited, rather than five-star acclaim - pop with enough massive hooks to supply several whaling fleets. The title track is a by-the-book holler-along for the band's live following; lead single All the Right Moves mixes noisy regimented percussion with lightly melancholic lyricism; and Secrets sounds like it was written to accompany ads for new cars and the insuring of them alike.

It all might appear very mercenary, made with a pre-determined demographic in mind and tailored to suit its tastes rather than exhibit any progression within Tedder's own abilities, but Waking Up's mass-appeal anatomy is oddly admirable. By repeating the successful formula of their first album, OneRepublic aren't going to turn the critics who savaged their debut. But with their eyes exclusively on the larger prizes offered by mainstream acceptance, one assumes they couldn't care less.