OneRepublic - Native 2LP
In creating their third full-length album, OneRepublic traveled to Paris, Greece, London, New York, Seattle, and Vancouver to write, record and immerse themselves in elevating and expanding their already sweeping sound. Also working at lead singer/songwriter/keyboardist and Grammy winner Ryan Tedder's own Patriot Studios in Denver, OneRepublic (whose 2007 smash "Apologize" ranks in the Billboard Hot 100s All-Time Top Songs list) redefined their approach to rhythm and infused their high-powered rock-pop hybrid with elements of electronic music, gospel, blues, and folk. A bold and boundary-pushing follow-up to 2009's Waking Up, the resulting Native offers up a surge of stadium-sized rock that's fiercely beat-driven yet ethereal and intimate.
Throughout Native, OneRepublic augments the emotional power of each song with a newly revamped vocal approach. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tedder grew up singing in church and counts country music and gospel as key influences on his singing style. But despite delivering dynamic and unrestrained vocals in OneRepublic's live shows over the years, he long shied away from bringing that same brio to the recording process. "I'd always slightly neutered my voice on the albums, maybe out of fears of stepping too far out and getting all showboaty," he says. "With this album I felt like I was past due to channel that live sound into the recordings and let a more gospel-esque sort of singing and chanting weave its way through the songs."
1. Counting Stars 2. If I Lose Myself 3. Feel Again 4. What You Wanted 5. I Lived 6. Light It Up 7. Can’t Stop 8. Au Revoir 9. Burning Bridges 10. Something I Need 11. Preacher 12. Don’t Look Down