OneRepublic’s Waking Up not only avoids the sophomore slump – it graduates with flying colors. The second album from the Grammy-nominated act, Waking Up is a tightly crafted record, delivering a one-two punch of infectiously catchy pop. Frontman Ryan Tedder is a longtime songwriter who has penned hits for a roster of stars, and his craft is in top form here. Combine those melancholy piano melodies and heartfelt vocals with compelling guitarwork by Zach Filkins and Drew Brown, solid basslines (not to mention cello) from Brent Kutzle, and pounding drums courtesy Eddie Fisher, and you have a recipe for success.
Tuneful and ear-friendly, this album is memorable and a true pleasure to listen to. “Made For You” starts the album off on a high note, with an infectious melody that immediately draws you into the record, paving the way for the mega-catchy “Everybody Loves Me” and “All The Right Moves”, the first single off the album (You might remember this post about the video premiere – check it out and have a listen if you haven’t already). Waking Up also delivers thoughtful ballads, like “Fear” and “Lullaby”. This is a consistent album without filler; OneRepublic are in top form here. And although their 2007 hit single “Apologize” might have been a hard act to follow, I think this album does that – and then some.